Northway, Eagle & Goodpaster Mining Projects in Third Year
Doyon, Limited is the largest private landowner in Alaska, managing 12.5 million acres of surface and subsurface ownership across Interior Alaska. Our region has the longest border with Canada, borders six other Alaska Native Corporation regions, and has the longest rivers and the largest number of roads.
Due to the size of the region, there are ongoing projects regularly occurring in the region, from research, to local use, to analysis, to mineral exploration. Doyon regularly participates in mineral exploration programs and has done so since 1974. Doyon closely monitors all exploration programs and engages surface owners in surface use agreements when village corporation lands are included in project areas.
When ANCSA was passed, there were three primary types of land selections:
- The first category was village corporation selections made within a 25 township withdrawal area around each village. Village corporations received first dibs on selections.
- The second type was the mandatory land Doyon was required to take adjacent to the village corporation lands, also in 25 township withdrawals.
- The third type of land was outside of the withdrawal area, sometimes called deficiency selections. These lands were remote from the closest communities.
Doyon’s leadership in the early days utilized a variety of resources to identify lands that had values for timber, minerals, and oil and gas. The idea was if Doyon made good selections, it would help promote local opportunities for training and employment for shareholders and business opportunities for village corporations.
Because the Doyon region is located in a well-known geologic fault (Tintina Fault), much of the third type of lands were chosen for mineral potential. These lands are the focus of much of the mineral exploration projects in the region.
A majority of the deficiency lands Doyon selected are located in the Fortymile district, in the eastern part of our region near the hub community of Tok. Currently, there are several active mineral exploration projects in the Fortymile region, including at Seventy mile (near Eagle), Northway, and in the Goodpaster District (near the Pogo mine). The primary focus of the projects is gold, as well as copper and some other metals at Northway. The projects are in their third year of exploration.
These projects have provided shareholders with a variety of local seasonal employment, including drilling help and camp support. Local stores also provide fuel and other services. Contributions from the mineral exploration companies supported culture camps and also funded the first ANSEP middle school academy for rural youth in the Doyon region. Northway Natives, Inc. has a surface use agreement for the project at Northway and is supporting local employment.
The Doyon lands and natural resources department and project partners provide regular updates to nearby communities. We continue to be excited about promoting local hire, training, community contributions, and potential economic development to sustain our communities for the long term. We monitor projects under the utmost environmental standards and best management practices.
For any additional information on mineral exploration in the Fortymile region, please do not hesitate to contact the Doyon lands and natural resources department at 907-459-2030 or email@example.com.
Learn more about mineral exploration on Doyon lands here.