Community Engagement Projects

Cook Inlet Regional Corporation, Underground Coal Gasification

AES staff visited the local elementary school and offered fun and engaging activities to better familiarize students with activities and the science associated with the nearby project.

Ormat, Mt. Spurr Geothermal Exploration

Alaska Earth Sciences coordinated social/cultural/interethnic communication workshops for client employees and subcontractors to improve interaction with local residents, shareholder hires and shareholder-owned vendors and subcontractors

Riversdale Alaska, Chickaloon, Alaska

AES provided geologic consulting, community engagement coordination and diamond drilling support to Riversdale Alaska for their coking coal exploration project adjacent to Chickaloon, Alaska. Community engagement efforts included stakeholder identification and network mapping; private landowner access agreements; indivudal stakeholder, community council, tribal council, borough government and corporate consultation; public activity notifications; and local contracting and direct hire.

Kennecott Exploration, Southwest Alaska

AES worked with our project partner and the local Tribal Council to develop agreements acknowledging and considering local employment, subsistence and lifestyle issues. We adjusted hiring and on-the-ground operations to fit the local workforce. AES also organized and participated in community meetings providing residents and stakeholders with information and opportunities to comment on the project prior to commencement, during the project and after completion.

International Tower Hill, Eastern Alaska Range

Alaska Earth Sciences worked closely with Village Councils, Tribal Administrators and Ahtna Regional Corporation to execute an aggressive shareholder hire program and provide updates throughout the project. We provided the local newspaper and local village councils with a project overview and photos, and coordinated site visits.


“Alaska is at a critical juncture. Several major mines are now in production and the State is realizing more mining jobs and revenues than ever before. We can – and must – demonstrate that exploration and mining of coal and minerals is good for rural villages, the state’s economy, and compatible with a clean and healthy environment.” Rob Retherford, President