Sunrise on the Yellowstone River a few miles below the proposed mine
Chico Hot Springs opened more than a hundred years ago. But recent plans proposed by a Canadian mining company have the resort's owner, locals and conservation groups worried about the historic site's future, as well as the future of the Paradise Valley and Yellowstone National Park.
The proposals to explore the area by the British Columbia-based mining company also got the attention of conservation groups including the Greater Yellowstone Coalition (GYC).
"What happens after they explore and find the amount of gold that they would then pursue in mine development?" said GYC executive director Caroline Byrd.
Emigrant Gulch is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Lucky Minerals has secured about 2,500 acres in mining claims. A mine in Emigrant Gulch would likely be an open pit mine, possibly three times the size of the Berkeley Pit in Butte.
"Were talking about a major operation, major impact, landscape changing operation," said Byrd.
Comments on the proposal should be submitted by July 15, 2015, to:
Peter Werner, Project Lead
Custer Gallatin National Forest Supervisor's Office
10 East Babcock
Bozeman, Montana 59715