Ray Huckaba of Grants Pass wants to excavate clay from a volcanic eruption 8,000 years ago near Prospect.
"Some of the things he mentioned to us that he wants to use it for would be as a beauty products and for medicinal purposes," said Kerwin Dewberry, ranger in charge of the High Cascades Ranger District. "To have someone looking at this mineral for a beauty product or a health aid is very interesting."
Preliminary research has shown the material may have anti-bacterial properties, officials said.
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