Hawthorne Gold Corp.
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Hawthorne Gold Corp.

March 16, 2009 09:15 ET

Hawthorne Assays 2.20 Metres Averaging 11.04 g/t Au at Cassiar Gold Camp

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 16, 2009) - Hawthorne Gold Corp. ("Hawthorne" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:HGC)(PINK SHEETS:HWTHF) is pleased to announce results from the final holes from the 2008 Diamond Drill Program at the Cassiar Gold Camp, which is located in northern British Columbia, Canada. The drill program consisted of fifteen (15) HQ/NQ diamond drill holes totaling 2,536 metres on the East Bain Zone of Table Mountain.

"Preliminary engineering and planning indicate that the current underground adit is approximately 160 metres from the East Bain vein system and close to surface. The East Bain zone will be the first underground vein system targeted in our development plan as we advance towards production. Historically the West Bain zone, up dip and along strike from the East Bain zone, produced approximately 24,000 ounces at an average grade of 13.7 g/t Au," commented Richard Barclay, President and CEO of Hawthorne.



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From To Length Au
Hole No. (m) (m) (m) (g/t)
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BNS-008 114.35 116.55 2.20 11.04
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BNS-0010 148.72 151.33 2.61 3.61
includes 148.72 148.92 0.20 11.30
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Drill holes intersected estimated true width of the mineralized zones. Holes BNS-004, BNS-009 and BNS-0011 through BNS-0015 reported no significant results.

At Table Mountain, the highest gold grades are returned from quartz-carbonate veins with visible gold often accompanied by sulphides. In order of abundance, the quartz carbonate veins contain medium to coarse-grained pyrite and sphalerite, with lesser tetrahedrite and chalcopyrite. Visible gold has been identified in the veins and occurs in three different ways: as individual disseminated grains up to 6mm within quartz-carbonate vein material, attached to sulphide grains, and as fracture fillings. The quartz-carbonate veins at Table Mountain are hosted in basaltic volcanic rocks, which are overlain by a carbonate-altered, ductile ultramafic rock called listwanite. The higher grades of gold are most often seen near the top of the veins near the listwanite.

For lab and assay procedures see news release dated January 22, 2009.

Michael Petrina, P.Eng., the Company's Vice President of Mining and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical disclosure contained in this news release.

Cassiar Gold Camp - Table Mountain Gold Mine

The Cassiar Gold Camp hosts the permitted Table Mountain gold mine, comprising a 300 ton-per-day gravity/flotation mill, power plant, and tailing impoundment facility. Historical gold production from the camp amounted to just under 500,000 ounces at grade of approximately 15 g/t Au. Gold mineralization at Table Mountain is primarily hosted in extensive quartz-carbonate-gold vein systems strongly associated with thrust faulting within altered greenstone and/or altered carbonatized ultramafic volcanic assemblages that are typical of some of Canada's largest gold camps, including Timmins, Kirkland Lake and Val d'Or.

About Hawthorne Gold Corp.

Hawthorne Gold Corp. is a Canadian-based gold exploration and development company with key properties in British Columbia, Canada. Hawthorne is led by well-respected mining leaders Richard Barclay and Michael Beley. Hawthorne's goal is to become a junior gold producer by working towards production at Table Mountain in the latter part of 2009 and tocontinue resource development at the nearby Taurus deposit, as well as the Frasergold deposit in the south central British Columbia Cariboo region.

ON BEHALF OF HAWTHORNE GOLD CORP.

Richard J. Barclay, President & CEO

Certain information regarding the Company including management's assessment of future plans and operations, may constitute forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws and necessarily involve risks associated with mining exploration and development, volatility of prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of resource estimates, environmental and permitting risks, access to labour and services, competition from other companies and ability to access sufficient capital. As a consequence, actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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