Midas Gold continues search for minerals near Yellow Pine

Canadian exploration company Midas Gold has consolidated ownership of the main gold deposits in the Stibnite-Yellow Pine area along the East Fork of South Fork of the Salmon River. It has mapped millions of ounces of gold in its Golden Meadows project and is seeking to learn even more.

So the Payette National Forest is beginning the environmental review process for more exploratory drilling in the area where millions of dollars were spent a decade ago to clean up past mining messes. It's also alongside one of the state's top chinook salmon spawning rivers.

U.S. Forest Service officials are expected to release a an environmental assessment of the effects of continued exploratory drilling in the Stibnite Mining District for the next three years Thursday.

Midas Gold has been exploring for gold, antimony, silver, and tungsten since 2009 on private land and the Payette National Forest The Forest Service has approved activities related to the operations via a series of one-year categorical exclusions, documents that say they don’t need a full environmental review.

If Midas Gold decides it has hit pay dirt it will submit a plan of operations for mining, and milling, and the Forest Service would have to begin a full environmental review.

“We are working with all of the parties involved to help make the project a success – success meaning that the company can accomplish its goals and the surrounding land and water resources are safeguarded from potential effects from exploratory drilling and associated activities”, said District Ranger Anthony Botello.

This project will get a lot of attention if it moves forward because of its location. But unlike projects in the Boise Basin, the state's environmental community doesn't automatically oppose mining in the Salmon River drainage.

Correct location please

The mine is in the headwaters of the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River, it is not along the South Fork of the Salmon River.

Here is a link to the project page at the PNF (it includes a map):
http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=37756

pin the tail on the mule

Well, Rocky at least got the correct state and it's about this year.
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What do you think YPMule, is the Rock correct when he writes, the "environmental community doesn't automatically oppose mining in the Salmon River drainage" ?

And is it really "alongside one of the state's top chinook salmon spawning rivers"?

One of the state's TOP chinook spawning rivers... ???

East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River

Say that three times quickly! Thanks Rocky for making the correction.

To Pimp2: The mine is in the headwaters of the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon river, probably 30 or so miles from the South Fork. The Nez Perce has had projects with the fish up here on the South Fork and Johnson Creek for several years. I've seen salmon in Meadow Creek up at Stibnite, but they were trucked in. The FS has been replacing culverts with fish friendly bridges on tributaries. Most of the South Fork, East Fork and Johnson Creek burned in 2007, and there have been mud slides every spring. Lick Creek road washed this spring. The mine has been using helicopters instead of building roads during the drilling phase of exploration. They also have a restoration crew working full time. I don't see what the ICL would have to complain about so far.

Recap

So the mine is 30 miles from the river?

Doesn't sound like it's along salmon spawning at all...

Mine

The mine exploration is in the headwaters of the EFSF river about 30 (road) miles from the confluence with the South Fork of the Salmon. However the Tribe and FS have been working on restoring the upper part of the EFSF river so that salmon could spawn there.

The fires in 2006 and 2007 burned along the rivers the salmon spawn in and there have been mud slides and washouts every year since.

More info and maps:
http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=37756

There's GOLD in them there teeth!

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It you go online and yell FAQ YOU TOO

You are cut off at the well son.

Interesting sentence there

"unlike projects in the Boise Basin, the state's environmental community doesn't automatically oppose mining in the Salmon River drainage."

Do you mean that no matter how well thought out a project is that environmentalists will oppose it simply on the principle that there should be no extractive industry in the Boise River drainage?

Truth is hard to come by

knee-jerk enviros

The other side of the sentence didn't catch your interest?

To imply the enviros don't automatically oppose mining in the Salmon River drainage... It's Rocko nonsense.

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The truthful statement is:

The environmental community automatically opposes mining.