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					UAF Mining Extension Advisory Group Audio Conference
September 15, 2009

Advisory Members Present:
                                      Richard Hughes
                                      Mitchell Dammeyer
                                      Dr. Dan Walsh
UAF/CES Faculty/Staff Present:        Robert Gorman

Bob Gorman opened the meeting and said the primary purpose is to act on the proposed Mining
Extension work plan for FY10 (starting July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010). The notes and work
plan from the last meeting were accepted with one change to the work plan issue #3 where one
sentence was deleted per email correspondence and communication within the group.
FY10 Mining Extension Issue #1 – Identify resources available that address the NEPA and
overall permitting processes for mineral exploration and extraction in Alaska. This will primarily
benefit rural residents and communities directly impacted by current and proposed mineral
development.
Discussion on Issue #1 – The issue is straightforward and utilizes existing Extension staff time
who will be paid out of Mining Extension funds for the time spent on this issue.
Support for or against recommending funding $5,700 for Issue #1 – Individually all four
members present voted in favor of recommending funding this project. There was no dissenting
vote.

FY10 Mining Extension Issue #2 - Develop Extension products that explain NEPA and overall
permitting and review processes for mineral exploration and development. This will primarily
benefit rural residents and communities directly impacted by current and proposed mineral
development in Alaska.
Discussion on Issue #2: If University of Alaska faculty do not have experience in mine
permitting, can a private consultant be used in this project? Gorman’s reply – I assume yes. It
was an oversight on my part to not include a private consultant since Extension has worked
successfully with private consultants on mining issues.
Can Extension handle a 20% cost overrun on this issue’s budget $22,500? Gorman’s reply – Yes.
First issue #2 budget was developed for flexibility within the budget categories and the total
amount of the project should cover overruns in any one category. Secondarily, if there is a 20%
overall cost overrun, the additional cost ($4,500) could be made up through remaining Mining
Extension funds or through indirect cost recovery funds that are available to Gorman as UAF
Principle Investigator / Project Manager-grant writer.
Support for or against recommending funding $22,500 for Issue #2 - Individually all four
members present voted in favor of funding this project. There was no dissenting vote.

FY10 Mining Extension Issue #3 - Provide public interest workshops related to mining and
geology. This will primarily benefit the general public and those rural residents with interest in
local mineral resources.
Discussion on Issue #3 – This project carries on a reduced traditional Mining Extension
workshop offering in 2010 of three workshops offered in Nome and Fairbanks. The workshops
will be offered on a contractual basis with Delta Mine Training Center.
Support for or against recommending funding $9,200 for Issue #3 - Individually all four
members present voted in favor of funding this project. There was no dissenting vote.

Overall Mining Extension FY10 budget – Does the Advisory Group recommend funding
$37,400 for Mining Extension in FY10?
Discussion: What will happen if Mining Extension does not receive the full $37,400? Gorman:
Until this year Mining Extension received $58,000/ year for Mining Extension. I’m assuming
that the request will be funded at the requested level. If it is not we’ll have an audio conference
in short order to discuss the budget that is available.
Support for recommending total funding $37,400 for Mining Extension in FY10. Individually
all four members present voted in favor of the FY10 Mining Extension budget. There was no
dissenting vote.

Fate of Alaska Prospector Workshops – Extension paid Delta Mine Training Center $5,000 for
each of five workshop outlines and syllabus or a total of $25,000. Three of the workshops (Rocks
& Mineral Identification, Outdoor Safety & Survival, and GPS & Navigation) can be offered
internally by Extension. Extension lacks faculty / staff capability to offer the three other
workshops that are part of Alaska Prospector Workshops (Placer Mining, Basic Prospecting and
AKGeology). Extension will depend on DMTC or another organization to offer the latter three
workshops.

An adjunct faculty at UAA inquired about teaching Rocks & Mineral ID, using the course
outline and syllabus developed for CES. Gorman’s suggestion is that the workshop outlines and
syllabus are public access documents. The UAA adjunct can offer the workshops but would
require coordination with CES if they will be represented as an Extension workshop offering.
They can be offered as independent workshops also. There was discussion in the group on this
matter. The workshop outlines and syllabus will be made available as requested.

Gorman stated he is off contract in October and first half of November. He will submit these
meeting notes and recommendations to the Director of Extension / Vice-Provost for Engagement
& Outreach to consider. Hopefully the fate of the FY10 Mining Extension Work Plan will be
known before October 6. Meg Burgett should be available to begin work on Issue #1 in a week.
If the budget needs revision, Gorman will call an audio-conference. Otherwise the next Mining
Extension Advisory Group meeting will be in the later half of November.

There being no further business the meeting the meeting concluded at 2:30 PM.

Postscript: In a telephone conversation following the audio conference Travis Hudson gave his
regrets for not participating in the meeting. He added that he would have voted in favor of all
three FY10 Mining Extension issues.

				
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