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Biodiversity Management

At New Gold sites, environmental stewardship means more than just applying restoration practices to lands that are affected by mining to promote natural biodiversity. It also means conserving or enhancing biodiversity on lands that are undisturbed by mining operations.

At all our sites we have identified a number of at-risk species, and have put management plans and/or procedures in place to ensure adequate management of these species.

At-Risk Species

Species Location IUCN Status1 Other Status Management Plan/Procedures in Place
Fairy Duster Mesquite n/a California Native Plant Protection Act – Sensitive and Protected species Yes
Desert Tortoise Mesquite Vulnerable USA Endangered Species Act – threatened and endangered species Yes
Candy Barrel Cactus Cerro San Pedro n/a Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – Endemic-Protected Yes
Electrode Cactus Cerro San Pedro n/a Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – Endemic-Protected Yes
Snowball Cactus Cerro San Pedro n/a SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – Endemic-Threatened Yes
Stenocactus Coptonogonus Cerro San Pedro Least Concern Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – Endemic-Protected Yes
Peyotillo Cerro San Pedro Least Concern Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – Endemic-Protected Yes
Worthen’s Sparrow Cerro San Pedro Endangered Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – Endemic-Engineered Yes
Sotol Cerro San Pedro n/a Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – Endemic-Threatened Yes
Calibanus Cerro San Pedro n/a Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – Endemic-Threatened Yes
Great Horned Owl Cerro San Pedro Least Concern Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – Endemic-Threatened Yes
Northern Flicker Cerro San Pedro Least Concern Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – Endemic-Engineered Yes
Black-tailed Jackrabbit Cerro San Pedro Least Concern Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – Endemic-Protected Yes
American Badger Cerro San Pedro Least Concern Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – No Endemic-Endangered Yes
Ringtail Cerro San Pedro Least Concern Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – No Endemic-Threatened Yes
Mexican Black-headed Snake Cerro San Pedro Least Concern Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – Endemic-Threatened Yes
Rock Rattlesnake Cerro San Pedro Least Concern Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – Endemic-Protected Yes
Western Hog-nosed Snake Cerro San Pedro Least Concern n/a Yes
Striped Whip Snake Cerro San Pedro Least Concern n/a Yes
Greer’s Mexican Kingsnake Cerro San Pedro Least Concern Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – Non Endemic-Endangered Yes
Mexican Pine Snake Cerro San Pedro Least Concern Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – Non Endemic-Endangered Yes
Mohave Rattlesnake Cerro San Pedro Least Concern Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – Endemic-Protected Yes
Huamantlan Rattlesnake Cerro San Pedro Least Concern Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – Endemic-Protected Yes
Mexican Mud Turtle Cerro San Pedro Least Concern Mexican Official Norm of SEMARNAT NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 – Endemic-Protected Yes
Kultarr Peak Mines Least Concern New South Wales Threatened Species Conservation Act – Endangered Species Yes
Western Toad New Afton Vulnerable British Columbia – Blue List2
Canada Species at Risk Act (SARA) – Special Concern
Yes
Great Basin Spadefoot Toad New Afton Least Concern British Columbia – Blue List; Canada Species at Risk Act (SARA) – Threatened Yes
Northern Caribou Blackwater Least Concern British Columbia – Blue List; SARA – Threatened Yes
Whitebark Pine Blackwater Vulnerable British Columbia – Blue List Yes
1

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species includes seven categories ranging from Least Concern to Extinct.

2

Includes any indigenous species or subspecies considered to be of Special Concern (formerly Vulnerable) in British Columbia.

At New Afton, a Biodiversity Conservation Plan was prepared to comply with the Towards Sustainable Mining standards. This plan outlines projects, activities and partnerships with respect to managing biodiversity. A recent biodiversity project includes a master’s degree project to study the lifestyle of the Greater Basin Spadefoot which is an at-risks species residing in the grasslands surrounding New Afton.

The Blackwater project covers approximately 27,000 hectares (0.27 square kilometres) in central British Columbia, on the northern flanks of Mt. Davidson in the Nechako Plateau (although eventual mine site would have a much smaller footprint). While the Blackwater project is not located in a protected area, however the exploration area is adjacent to a Provincial Ungulate Winter Range (UWR). A UWR is an area that contains habitat that is necessary to meet the winter habitat requirements of an ungulate species, in this case, the Northern Caribou. We have taken significant steps to ensure high environmental standards and best practices in biodiversity management at Blackwater. We modified the original exploration program to protect the adjacent UWR and established a Northern Caribou Management Plan. The main objectives of this plan are to minimize impacts of mineral exploration and predator and human access to Northern Caribou habitat, and to minimize disturbance and displacement of Northern Caribou.

The Blackwater project is also near to a population of White Bark Pine trees that are listed on Schedule 1 of the Canadian Species-At-Risk Act. We have established a White Bark Pine management plan to minimize impacts to this species, which covers approximately 1,000 hectares around Mt. Davidson. This plan includes provisions for seed collection and propagation trials with a view to using the species in future mine reclamation. In 2013 approximately 3,000 seeds were collected and the planting of seedlings is expected in 2015. Seven other federally listed species have been identified as occurring or as potentially occurring in the Blackwater project area. Six are bird species and one is an amphibian species. While the presence of all of these species has not been confirmed, many of them are associated with water bodies which are protected by stringent environmental management plans.