The Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc

The Eastern Field Access Council (EFAC)

In early September of 2019, shortly after President Nock created EFTA, he was writing his last EFMLS News Newsletter and announced the creation of an EFMLS Field Sharing Program (EFTA).  While writing and looking for additional page content, on a whim, he thought- we should be doing more!  The idea sprung on how to address the number one challenge facing our shared recreation.  During the 10 minutes of ad-libbing while typing, a new type of Field Program- The Eastern Field Access Council (EFAC) was born.

The Council was created to explore ways in which we can preserve access to existing collecting localities and gain access to new ones.

 


EFAC Updates:

8/1/21- We’re Moving… 
Due to the recent passing of the EFAC Chair, Andy Brodeur, the EFAC Program (Pilot) is being re-evaluated.

 

 


THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS YOU MAY FIND OF INTEREST- (click below)

Open Letter to Mineralogical Societies (2019)

Safer Collecting and some things to make you think! (Andy Brodeur) 2020 / Article included in the EFMLS Forward Newsletter, July/Aug 2021.

Covid-19 Recommended Field Collecting Safety Protocols (Summer 2020)

A word from the EFAC Council Chair_Suggested Mask Protocol

Watch this short video for Rick Cernak’s Safety Meeting at the Betts Mine (08/01/2020) and click below for Rick’s suggested Guidelines, Protocols & Policies.

EFAC RECOMMENDED CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES FOR FIELD TRIP LEADERS

EFAC RECOMMENDED CORONAVIRUS PROTOCOLS

EFAC Recommended Coronavirus Policy Outline


PAST EFAC Zoom PRESENTATIONS: 
2/17/21 – “Losing Ground” We must turn the tide to keep ACCESS alive!
A National Roundtable for local Field Trip Leaders & their Society’s President: Call to Action!  How do we stop this trend of our Collecting Localities getting closed?
8/13/20 – Field Safety during Covid-19 & Insurance Q & A.
Presentation by Rick Cernak & EFMLS Insurance Administrator Eileen Wimmer of Brown & Brown.

To learn more about EFAC, please contact:

Email the Council

Council Members:
Chairperson: Andy Brodeur (CT Valley MC, MA)
Dave Shapiro  (FOMNJ & NJMS, NJ)
Rick Cernak  (Worcester MC, MA)
Sara Furbush  (Worcester MC. MA)
Lexi- the Rockhound   (member of multiple Societies) [pictured below]