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Individual land buyers, lessees of state land, or permittees who are unable to make their payments should immediately contact the Division of Mining, Land and Water (DMLW) to discuss ways to address their financial hardship and payments due, consistent with the Governor's COVID-19 Disaster Order of Suspension No. 2 as amended, or the Director's Finding concerning extensions of certain land sale contract and lease payments. Contact the DMLW by email at or by phone at (907) 269-8594. Thank you.

Niblack Project

Project Description

The Niblack Project is a copper-zinc-gold-silver prospect in an advanced exploration phase of development. The project is located near Moira Sound on Prince of Wales Island, approximately 30 miles southwest of Ketchikan.

The applicant, Niblack Mining Corporation, has developed approximately 3,000 feet of underground infrastructure from a single adit entry. The main focus of the underground work is to provide access for exploration drilling to test deep zones of mineralization.

The project is supported by a marine access point and camp barge facility on the adjacent State-owned tide and submerged lands. Surface disturbances, including an access road, portal, waste rock storage and disposal areas and a settling pond system, are confined to private property. The total surface disturbance area requiring post-closure reclamation is approximately 5.5 acres.

Niblack Mining Company received an approval to temporarily suspend operations in October 2012. As of September 2016, the project remains in care and maintenance.

Financial Assurance

Niblack Mining Reclamation Bond 2013 (PDF)  (Heatherdale Resources, Ltd.)
Niblack Mining Reclamation Bond 2010 (PDF)  (Abacus Alaska, Inc.)
Niblack Mining Reclamation Bond 2007 (PDF)  (Niblack Mining Corporation)

Permits, Authorizations, and Approvals

Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADFG)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District (ACOE)
Dept of the Army Permit POA-1982-290 (PDF) (issued 7/28/2014)
Dept of the Army Permit POA-1982-290-N (PDF) (issued 7/12/2007)


State of Alaska Large Mine Permitting Team
Brent Martellaro
Geologist V
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Mining Section
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709-4699
Phone: (907) 451-2788
Fax: (907) 451-2703