VANCOUVER - Banyan Gold Corp. (the 'Company' or 'Banyan') (TSX-V: BYN) is pleased to announce commencement of its Phase 1 2020 exploration program on the AurMac Property located in the Mayo Mining district, approximately 56 kilometres northeast from the village of Mayo, Yukon and 350 kilometres north of Whitehorse, Yukon.
The Phase 1 diamond drilling will continue to add gold ounces on the Company's AurMac Property and will also include broader Property wide evaluation programs including the Aurex Hill gold showings.
'Banyan has proven its ability to efficiently and cost effectively build gold ounces through the application of clear geologic principles, and we intend to continue to do just that at AurMac this season.' stated Tara Christie, President and CEO. 'The Resource models that have been developed at Airstrip and Powerline both highlight the potential for expansion through systemic drilling. We feel this drill campaign will meaningfully increase gold ounces and demonstrate the higher grades that AurMac offers. Moreover, we will further the application of the AurMac Geologic model throughout this large Project, with our Banyan 'boots on the ground' style exploration efforts.'
The 2020 diamond drill program will establish Banyan's COVID working safety procedures for further drilling campaigns and planned regional exploration over the 92 km2 AurMac property.
On May 25, 2020, Banyan Gold announced an Initial Mineral Resource Estimate at AurMac comprised of the Airstrip and Powerline deposits that together, contain a total Inferred Mineral Resource of 903,945 ounces of gold prepared in accordance with NI 43-101, on these near surface, road accessible deposits. 
Mineral Resources which are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. The estimate of Mineral Resources may be materially affected by environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, sociopolitical, marketing, changes in global gold markets or other relevant issues.
The CIM definitions were followed for classification of Mineral Resources. The quantity and grade of reported inferred Mineral Resources in this estimation are uncertain in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define these inferred Mineral Resources as an indicated Mineral Resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in upgrading them to an indicated or measured Mineral Resource category.
Mineral Resources are reported at a cut-off grade of 0.2 g/t Au, using a US$/CAN$ exchange rate of 0.75 and constrained within a open pit shell optimized with the Lerchs-Grossman algorithm to constrain the Mineral Resources with the following estimated parameters: gold price of US$1,500/ounce, US$1.50/t mining cost, US$2.00/t processing cost, US$2.50/t G+A, 80% heap leach recoveries, and 45% pit slope
About the AurMac Property
The AurMac Property is held by the Company under earn-in option agreements (the 'Option Agreements') with StrataGold Corporation, a 100% owned subsidiary of Victoria Gold Corp. (TSX: VGCX) ('Victoria Gold') and Alexco Resource Corporation (TSX: AXR) ('Alexco'). The Company has the right to earn up to a 100% interest in the AurMac Property, subject to royalties, pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Option Agreements.
The Airstrip and Powerline deposits contained within the AurMac Property are both on and near-surface deposits and potentially open pit mineable, with expected low strip ratios. The AurMac Property is located just 40 km from Victoria Gold's open pit, heap leach mine and 10 km from Alexco's mill facility at the High-Grade silver deposits of the Keno Hills District. The AurMac Property lies on existing transportation infrastructure (Main Yukon Government Highway System) and the all-season road to Victoria Gold's Eagle Mine. The Airstrip and Powerline deposits are within 1 km of each other and both within 50m of year-round access roads, have 3-phase powerlines and benefit from cellular communications.
Banyan is focused on gold exploration projects that have the geological potential, size of land package and proximity to infrastructure that is advantageous for a mineral project to have potential to become a mine. Our Yukon based projects have existing Mineral Resources that fit this model and our objective is to increase shareholder value by advancing projects in our pipeline.
The 9,230 ha AurMac Property lies in close proximity to both Victoria Gold's Eagle Project and Alexco's Keno Hill Silver District and is highly prospective for structurally controlled, intrusion related gold-silver mineralization in relation to the Tombstone intrusive suite. The property hosts numerous known gold targets and Banyan has developed a mineralization model at the McQuesten 'Airstrip' and 'Powerline' Gold deposits, located adjacent to the main Yukon highway and just off the main access road to the Victoria Gold open-pit, heap leach Eagle Gold mine. The AurMac Property benefits from a 3-phase powerline, existing Yukon Energy Corp. switching power station and cell phone coverage. Banyan has optioned the properties from Victoria Gold and Alexco respectively with a right to earn up to a 100% subject to royalties.
The Hyland Gold Project, located 70km NE of Watson Lake, Yukon, along the southeast end of the Tintina Gold Belt is a sediment hosted, structurally controlled, intrusion related gold deposit, with a large land package (over 125 sq. km), with the Mineral Resource contained in the Main Zone area (900x600m) daylighting at surface and numerous other known surface gold targets. The Main Zone oxide zone is amenable to heap leach open pit mining, with column leach recoveries of 86%. The project has an existing gravel access road.
The Hyland Main Zone Indicated Mineral Resource Estimate, prepared in accordance with NI 43-101, at a 0.3 g/t gold equivalent cut-off, contains 8.6 million tonnes grading 0.85 g/t AuEq for 236,000 AuEq ounces with an Inferred Mineral Resource of 10.8 million tonnes grading 0.83 g/t AuEq for 288,000 AuEq ounces.
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