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FEB 15 – MAR 1, 2021 –  Society Annual Renewal Period.  To complete the forms for your Society, click here.

FEB 17, 2021 –  ATTENTION: Field Trip Leaders!  On Wednesday, 2/17 @ 6:30 pm (EST) on Zoom, join us for the Roundtable discussion, “Losing Ground!”  How do we turn the tide to keep Access alive?  All local Society Field Trip Chairs, Directors, Coordinators, etc. and your President are invited to the table.  Register HERE for this event.  Sponsored by the Eastern Field Access Council (EFAC) and the Eastern Field Trip Alliance (EFTA).  See message from the President below…

FEB 24, 2021 (Wednesday)-  Change Management & Leadership Council.  5:30 pm (EST) on Zoom.  For more information, please contact the Council Co-Chairs at


(2/5/21) Dear Field Trip Leaders & Presidents,

We’ve lost access to way too many sites just in the past year alone.

As Rockhounds, it’s no secret that year after year we are losing access to the traditional places we collect.  And the loss of sites due to the Pandemic?  We don’t even need to go there!  The regular places that we are losing are not getting replaced with new ones.  When are we going to act to stop the the dirtletting?  And more importantly, can we stop it?

We can’t stop it if we don’t act!  I share the view with many of you that we can do something if we come together.

How do we do this?  How do we stop losing ground?  For starters, we first come together on Zoom and have the discussion.  Please mark your calendar and register for the upcoming Roundtable in mid-February.  This roundtable (see Zoom link below to register) was created for you Field Trip Leaders by design and we want your President to take part as well.

In September of 2019, I created a pilot program designed to address the issues of Field Access.  The Eastern Field Access Council (EFAC or cafe spelled backwards).  The program has slowly gained traction since then (you may remember the Presentation last Summer, Covid Safety Protocol Guidelines for Field Collecting).  Now is the time that at a minimum, preserving access must become our shared vision!  All of us!

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  Please check your other email account folders and/or tabs for the confirmation email as it may not end up directly in your Inbox.

You are receiving this email as a current or past local Society Field Trip Leader and President from the 2020 EFMLS Directory and the Field Trip Program Info form collected during the last Insurance renewal.

David Nock
EFMLS President

[Tentative] May 17-23, 2021 –  WILDACRES Spring Session.  (For more details, see January 2021 EFMLS Newsletter in News & News Feeds).