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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

756 acres given by gold miners to feds in Lassen...

Lassen County Lands Donated to Public Ownership;
BLM Will Manage for Habitat

July 22, 2009

Lassen Gold Mining, a subsidiary of Kinross Gold, has transferred into public ownership 756 acres near Hayden Hill in northwest Lassen County. The area will be managed by the Bureau of Land Management’s Alturas Field Office as wildlife habitat.

The land is associated with the Hayden Hill Gold Mine south of Adin. It was set aside by Lassen Gold in 1991 to preserve and improve wildlife habitat adjacent to the mine.

“The donated sagebrush grasslands are home to sage-grouse and mule deer and include over 18 acres of constructed wetlands that mitigate the impacts of mining,” said BLM Alturas Field Manager Tim Burke. “Transfer of the land to the BLM will ensure long term management and protection of the wetland preserve.”

Kinross Gold U.S.A. President John Galassini said, "Working with the BLM to ensure long-term preservation of this land exemplifies our commitment to reclamation, responsible mining, and corporate citizenship."

Lassen Gold completed gold mining at Hayden Hill in 2001, and the land transfer moves reclamation efforts closer to completion. The transfer has been in planning for several years and was approved by the Lassen County Board of Supervisors.

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