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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.

True North Mine Archive

Archive of Information

The True North Project is located 25 miles northeast of Fairbanks, on the northwest flank of Pedro Dome and approximately 11 miles from the existing Ft. Knox Mine. Fairbanks Gold Mining Incorporated (FGMI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kinross Gold Corporation, owns 100% of the True North Venture. The True North Project operator is FGMI.

On December 20, 2000, DNR issued authorizations to FGMI to develop the True North Project by opening two surface mine pits (Hindenburg and East Pits). FGMI's authorized operations included development rock dumps, an ore stockpile, growth medium stockpiles, ore haulage, a shop/office complex, power and water supply, and the necessary general infrastructure including mine and exploration roads. Ore from the True North Project was hauled via an access/haul road connecting the True North Project to the existing Ft. Knox facility for processing.

FGMI began work on the new haul road and the mine pits immediately after the project authorizations were issued and the appeal period had ended. The first ore was hauled to the Fort Knox Mill on March 31, 2001.

On July 12, 2002, DNR issued authorizations for an expansion to the True North Project. As in the originally authorized mine plan, no processing of ore took place at the True North site.

December 2001

Application to Amend the True North Plan of Operations
Support Documents submitted by FGMI

2003 Annual Activity Report (PDF)


For More Information Contact

State of Alaska Large Mine Permitting Team
Tom Crafford
Office of Project Management & Permitting
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1430
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3577
Office: (907) 269-8629
Fax: (907) 269-5673

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