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President and Founder
Since the late 1990s Corey
has been actively working to preserve historic mining sites that were scheduled to be bulldozed.
Then it occurred to Corey
that the best way to preserve these old mines was to claim them.
In 2008 Corey
started staking claims on historic mines.
It wasn't long after that friends were asking what he
was going to do with the claims and offering to buy them.
This soon evolved into a full-time job for Corey
Corey is the CEO of GRE.
has had a long interest in historic mines.
In 2008 Mr. Shuman
decided on another approach.
Underground Explorers - Underground 2014, GRE and the BLM
Corey Shuman, Gold Rush Expeditions, the Bureau of Land Management and Underground 2014
Corey Shuman is the owner of Gold Rush Expeditions (GRE) and the National Bureau of Mines.
business is to stake mining claims and then sell them on his
web site or eBay
Pretty much all the claims he
sells have existing workings and many have structures.
a very controversial figure.
has butted heads with the BLM, SITLA and other agencies
on numerous occasions.
is also particularly hated by members of the National Speleological Society
claiming and attempted sale of Crystal Ball Cave.
For some reason, Corey
decided to make a series of false accusations about The Underground
Explorers and Underground 2014 to officials at the BLM
Barstow Field Office.
first contacted the BLM
on Wednesday, October 29th, just one week before Underground
At that time he
stated that he
recently became aware of the event.
That's strange since he'd been signed up on Facebook as attending for months.
also stated that he
contacted the organizers which is false since no one from the Underground Explorers
has ever spoken to Corey
or exchanged e-mails with him.
first two e-mails he
accused us of trespassing on private land and of being an untrained group with the "Audacity of guiding people into mines".
also assured the BLM
that our event would "Go south".
then wrote the BLM back and made a series of extraordinary and false claims.
accused us of trespassing on private property to hold Underground
At the same time, he
continued to claim that we were on BLM land (which is interesting since he
just said we were trespassing on private land).
also claimed that " if this event is anything like previous events, there will be alcohol and illegal substances present.
Also, in past events this group has vandalized buildings, destroy and stolen artifacts, and set fire to abandoned structures."
Yes, you read that correctly.
told the BLM
that our events were known for illegal substance abuse, arson, vandalism and destruction of property (plus trespassing of course).
You can pick your jaw up off the floor now (just like we had to).
Obviously, Corey's claims are patently false and anyone who has followed the Underground Explorers on-line
, explored with us or attended one of our open trips or events knows this.
accusations are even more shocking when you consider that Underground
2014 was co-hosted by the Mojave Underground and many of it's members and founders were attending.
Those include people Corey calls friends and many that actually do work for him and GRE.
final e-mail Corey
also threatened the BLM
would disclose the names of BLM officials who know of the event and did nothing to stop it "When something goes south here, and I virtually guarantee it will with this group" . He
also stated that he
was going to contact the Sheriff and the news media.
From: Corey Shuman
It seems that a phone call and follow up e-mail to Joan wasn't enough for Corey
Thirty minutes later, he
sent a more expansive e-mail to just about everyone on the BLM Barstow Field Office public e-mail list...
From: Corey Shuman
After internal discussions and research, the BLM
responds to Corey
a few days later...
From: Patrovsky, Joan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sent : Friday, October 31, 2014 9:38 AM
To: Corey Shuman
's response doesn't seem to suit Corey
responds a few days later with threats and outlandish accusations about the Underground
Explorers and Underground 2014...
From: Corey Shuman
Needless to say, Corey
didn't contact the Sherriff or the news media.
We guess Corey's
"virtual guarantee" isn't really worth much.
Mention the name Corey Shuman ...
Mention the name Corey Shuman to most people and chances are nothing comes to mind.
Mention his company - Gold Rush Expeditions - and it might conjure up thoughts of tours to old mining towns, and that wouldn't be too far off.
Corey, the owner of Gold Rush Expeditions, has been traveling out to old mines for the past decade, claiming them and then turning around and selling them at a rate of about two per week or a hundred each year.
This has created no small stir among small scale miners.
It's a breath of fresh air in a world where mining has become a dirty word.
Gold Rush Expeditions has managed to amass a loyal Facebook following of over 43,000, a sign that small scale mining in the U.S. is not dead.
Jump back 20 years and Corey
would have laughed at the idea of selling mines.
Back then Corey
was mostly interested in exploring old mining sites, but soon fell in love with the history.
20 years ago Corey
was content to just visit these old mining sites to take in and appreciate the history, but as Corey
began to see an increasing number of Abandoned Mine Reclamation Programs start their work, he
"Entire mine sites including mills, ore bins, trusses, cabins, and the mines would be completely erased from the landscape, never to be seen again.
It was alarming.
One week they would be there, the next week there would be an empty bulldozed piece of land.
needed to do something to preserve some of these old historic mines.
originally tried working with state federal organizations, but it was an uphill battle that Corey
wasn't going to win.
says that this destruction of these historic landmarks is alarming.
"We are actively destroying our heritage.
has been exploring historic mines throughout the West for the better part of three decades, and has explored thousands of old mines without incident.
"Mines can be dangerous, no doubt, but so can skiing or mountain biking, or kayaking, or a host of other activities that are encouraged on public lands.
continues, "Mine hazards can be all but eliminated by bringing the right gear and playing it safe.
There are a few mines that I come across that I wouldn't feel safe entering, but by in large the vast majority of these old abandoned mines are safe."
So how did trying to save historic mines from demolition launch Corey
into the business of selling old mines?
"It was rather by accident", relates Corey
The mines sold quickly on Ebay
and that's when Corey
was onto something.
For the next few years he
continued to document and sell historic mines in his
By 2011, after a few years of continual success, Corey
decided it was time to take a leap of faith and quit his
job and start selling claims full time.
Having documented thousands of mines over the past few decades has led Corey
to a different conclusion.
"Most of these mines were abandoned between the 1910's and the 1940's.
A look back at history shows us why."
explains that in 1917 the U.S. entered WWI, and more than 4 million men answered the call of duty.
Order L-208 and WWII essentially smothered small scale mining.
Some small scale miners continued their work, but it was never resumed on the large scale as before the war.
Many mines were just forgotten.
According to Corey
, the gold is still out there, waiting to be mined.
"It's not uncommon for us to find exposed ore veins running throughout these mines, and to see drill holes at the end of the tunnel, with a muck plate in place ready to blast another few feet.
Some mines are worked out, but many of them still have gold reserves that were left from the mid 1900's."
continues, "Today the opportunity is ripe.
The tools to process the ore from these mines are better and cheaper than in the past, and if I can play a small part in helping Americans to remember and appreciate their past and at the same time provide an opportunity for many to work the rock and provide a good living for themselves, then I'm content."
And while each year more and more mines are erased from our landscape, Corey
is out driving the back roads of the West claiming old mines in an attempt to preserve some of our history.
As quickly as Corey
can find and claim good mines, there is always someone on the other end eager to purchase and start working them, proving that the small scale miner isn't dead.
The Special Investigator for the AG ...
The Special Investigator for the AG Office is responsible for investigating alleged criminal violations involving state and federal laws, rules, and regulations, but Corey Shuman, founder of GRE, Inc. says that Ronald Barton's investigation and harassment of GRE, Inc. customers has been taken too far and without merit.
stated, "It is one thing to investigate a complaint.
GRE President Corey Shuman explains that in early 2012 he received a call from one of his clients, out of the blue.
The client was rather frazzled and said that he
had just had a conversation with the Attorney General.
assured the client that everything was fine and he
would get to the bottom of the issue.
Mr. Shuman informed his attorney of the incident, and he sent a letter out to the Attorney General's office, advising them that if they had any concerns, GRE was more than willing to address them directly.
The Attorney General's office neither confirmed or denied any investigation, and responded that they would contact GRE, Inc.
if they needed something.
That should have been the end of the story, but it was just beginning.
"A few days later I received a similar call from another client, same issue, the Attorney General had called them, grilling them about their mining claim purchased from GRE
Asking completely irrelevant questions, and then advising them not to contact GRE
about the call.
reported that "GRE
had issues with SITLA
, and we feel that they are one of the most corrupt organizations we have ever dealt with.
We even put up a website, stopSITLA.org to showcase some of their misdealing.
believes that this may be motivation behind the continual harassment from Mr. Barton.
Says Mr. Shuman
, "And it's making Utah a very difficult state to do business in."
further disclosed, "We provide a very solid service, and work very hard to assure that all of our mining claims are valid.
asserts that out of the hundreds of Mining Claims they have sold, they have very few complaints.