In March 2018, ATAC Resources received conditional approval for a 65 km, all-season, gated and restricted access tote road to the Rackla Gold Project, pending a land use plan for the Beaver River watershed. The planning committee, formed under a stand-alone agreement between the Government of Yukon and First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, consists of two (2) Na-Cho Nyäk Dun delegates and two (2) Yukon government delegates.
This represents completion of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB) review process, enabling ATAC to obtain key permits and proceed with a submission to the Yukon Water Board. Under terms of the positive joint decision, the land use plan for the Beaver River watershed is scheduled for completion by March 2020. Discussions regarding access and development of the Tiger Deposit with the Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation (NNDFN), local communities and other interested parties has been ongoing for more than seven years.
ATAC is also finalizing an Access Management Plan (AMP) in advance of construction, alongside the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, to assure use of the tote road remains restricted and monitored.
The proposed tote road would branch off the Hanson Lake Road west of Keno City and is envisioned as a gated, single-lane (5 m wide) and radio-controlled road suitable for vehicles that support advanced exploration at the Tiger Deposit and throughout the Rau Trend. The total length of the tote road would be approximately 65 km and would consist of 53 km of new road and upgrading of 12 km of pre-existing winter road.
ATAC remains committed to environmental stewardship, responsible development, and strong community relations.
For more information on the land use plan for the Beaver River watershed please visit: http://www.emr.gov.yk.ca/rlup/beaver-river-land-use-plan.html