Geoscience BC – Planned ‘Search Phase III’

Search Phase III will provide new open and independent information about the geology across north central and parts of northeastern British Columbia. This will indicate where there is greater potential for mineral deposits and allow First Nations, other governments and the exploration sector to make more informed land and resource management decisions and to drive potential future economic development. Phases I and II of the project have been completed in the Kitimat-Terrace-Smithers-Houston-Burns Lake-Vanderhoof area in 2015-16.

The project includes the collection of data by helicopter over a designed grid, likely to be operating in July and August. There are no activities on the ground beyond the use of a base camp (possibly an existing logging or mining camp) and, potentially, remote refuelling stations. Although the project has been timed to cause minimal impact on wildlife, contractors will be working to a robust wildlife management plan. We are aware that there may be other activity in your territory, so we will provide you with updates once final project details are confirmed. We plan to share details of which helicopters are working on this project.

To ensure everyone who may be impacted by or have questions about the project can share their thoughts, we are arranging a project information evening and are also available to meet with you or your team. The details are as follows:

Project information meeting:
Thursday May 18, 6pm to 8pm, Wholewheat and Honey Café, 10003 100 St, Fort St John, BC V1J 3Y7. If you would like to attend this meeting please RSVP to 604.662.4147; email; or RSVP online here:

Meetings: Members of the Geoscience BC team will also be available to meet in and around the Search III project area during the week of June 19, 2017 to discuss the project. Please let us know if you would like to arrange a meeting.

You can view a draft map of the Search Phase III project area, which may change slightly as we complete project details, here:

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