The Gifford Pinchot National Forest authorized plans to explore for minerals near Mount St. Helens. Ascot Resources Ltd., a mining company based in Canada, applied to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and USFS to conduct exploratory drilling on approximately 900 acres of land, 217 acres of which they own a 50% interest. The exploratory area is located in the Green River Valley, just below Goat Mountain and 12 miles northeast of Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Washington Wild and 15 other conservation organizations submitted comments on this proposal in July 2012, opposing this project because of the negative effects on humans and the environment that could occur from the proposed activities. Read our Press Release to learn more about this development.