The U.S. Forest Service will host a meeting on Monday (May 19) at the Winthrop Barn to provide information about a proposed minerals exploration project on Flagg Mountain. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Methow Valley District Ranger Michael Liu said the meeting will not be a public hearing but rather an opportunity for the Forest Service to explain details of the proposal, and answer questions about it.

“We are in the process of gathering input about the proposal for minerals exploration,” Liu said in a press release. “This meeting is an opportunity to better describe the proposal to those who are interested and to talk about the statutory framework that the Forest Service operates under.”

The Forest Service is taking public comment on the proposed project until Saturday (May 17). Comments may be sent to: District Ranger Michael Liu, Methow Valley Ranger District, 24 W. Chewuch Road, Winthrop, WA 98862; or electronically to comments-pacificnorthwest-okanogan-methowvalley@fs.fed.us.

Also, a local citizens’ organization, Protect Flagg Mountain, has created a website with information about the project and how to comment on it, at www.protectflaggmountain.org.

The project would be conducted by Blue River Resources Ltd., which describes itself as a “mineral exploration and development company.” The company lists addresses in Vancouver B.C., and in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Under federal mining laws, Blue River Resources, which has acquired interest in the mineral rights on the property, has the statutory right to explore for and develop mineral resources on federal property.

The proposal includes up to 15 drill sites with both day and night operations to look for copper deposits. Holes would be drilled up to a maximum depth of 1,900 feet using a drill mounted on skids. The drill would be transported to and from the area on a low bed trailer towed by a truck, and skidded between drill sites with a dozer, according to the Forest Service release.

The Forest Service intends to complete the analysis this summer, and drilling would begin in August.

For more information, contact Laurie Dowie, special uses and minerals coordinator, at 996-4071 or ldowie@fs.fed.us.