We never say “No” without first asking “How”
Our commitment to Idaho is founded upon the respect, patience, and curiosity necessary to sustain a balance of economic development and natural resources stewardship.
About the Kilgore Gold Exploration Project
Excellon Idaho Gold is focused on moving the Kilgore Gold Exploration Project forward in Clark County, Idaho. On November 16, 2021, the U.S. Forest Service announced that Excellon Idaho Gold can proceed with its Kilgore Gold Exploration Project Plan of Operations (PoO) to conduct mineral exploration activities in the Dubois Ranger District. After thorough review of the Environmental Assessment, the U.S. Forest Service has determined the Project PoO includes appropriate safeguards necessary to protect the Nation’s and Idaho’s lands, waters, and wildlife.
Through exploration of the Kilgore project area, we seek to understand the extent of gold mineralization beyond the currently defined mineral resource estimate. Our plans are to collect and analyze data from both near surface and at depth where much higher grades of mineralization are possible.
Currently, our efforts at Kilgore are limited to exploration activities. Should our exploration program identify sufficient mineralization to justify further work, we will work with the U.S. Forest Service, State of Idaho, Clark County, and other decision makers to advance the Project.
We value being responsible members of the communities in which we operate for the long-term benefit of all stakeholders. Although the Kilgore Gold Project is at an early stage, and it is too early to determine the path the Project will follow in the future, Excellon Idaho Gold is committed to open and transparent communication with all interested parties as our Project progresses.
Responsibility: We own our actions as a member of the community focused on the long term.
Respect: We elevate people through respect, dialog and collaborative development, planting the roots of talented, creative and diverse teams and sustainable local communities.
Openness & Transparency: We communicate honestly, openly and simply to create the most powerful currency of all: Trust.
Curiosity: We seek and accept new innovations, ideas and perspectives to become better. We never say “no” without first asking “how”.
Resiliency: We create opportunities from adversity.
Minimizing Environmental Impact
Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout
Both the Project Plan of Operations and the 2021 Environmental Assessment include measures to protect waterways in and around the Project, some of which are seasonal and intermittent. There is a population of Yellowstone cutthroat trout in Corral Creek; however, the drilling activities are located far from the perennial reaches of this waterway. Further, drilling activities will only use drilling fluids that are used to drill drinking water wells — these are biodegradable and non-toxic.
There were no radio locations of grizzly bears within the Project area between 2000 and 2019 and there is no evidence that grizzly bears inhabit or live adjacent to the Project area. The Project is situated in an area that is actively and frequently used for recreation activities (camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, and gazing), whereas an abundance of higher quality and less-disturbed habitats for grizzly bear are located north of the Project area in the main Centennial Range. Nevertheless, the Project is compliant with all relevant conservation management directions for grizzly bears, including the food storage order, the 2016 Conservation Strategy for the Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and the 1997 Revised Forest Plan for the Targhee National Forest.
In addition to grizzly bears, the 2021 Environmental Assessment considers the potential impact of the Project on numerous other wildlife species, including elk, the Canadian lynx, the American three-toed woodpecker, the Boreal owl, the Columbia spotted frog, and migratory birds, among others. As detailed in the 2021 Environmental Assessment, the USFS has determined that the Project is not likely to either have an adverse effect or contribute to a loss of viability to the population of any of these wildlife species.