Northern Gold Mining Inc.

Northern Gold Mining Inc.

March 31, 2010 09:15 ET

Northern Gold Initiates Permitting Process for Advanced Exploration/Development at the Garrison Gold Property

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 31, 2010) - Northern Gold Mining Inc. ("Northern Gold" or "the Company") (TSX VENTURE:NGM) is pleased to announce it has retained the services of N.A.R. Environmental Consultants Inc. ("NAR") to undertake permitting for advanced exploration/development of the Garrison project on a turn-key basis. Northern Gold is in the first year of an option agreement under which it is earning its interest in the Garrison gold property from ValGold Resources Ltd. ("ValGold") (TSX VENTURE:VAL). For more information on the option agreement, please see the Company's news release dated 14 September 2009.

NAR is currently establishing long-term water quality and hydrology stations, and will provide a meteorological data station. A bio-physical inventory of the terrestrial and aquatic resources will be completed during the summer and fall of 2010 respectively. As Northern Gold resumes infill exploration drilling, NAR will work with the Company to commence both ground water and acid rock drainage characterization studies for the projects.

NAR will utilize the results of these studies in the preparation of a receiving water assessment and approvals permit from the Ministry of the Environment, and Closure Plan reports for the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry. The permitting timeline for the project is estimated at 18-20 months, including the 12 months of pre-operative baseline characterization studies.

Northern Gold has completed a 40 line kilometer grid in preparation for a ground magnetic survey and Time Domain induced polarization ("IP") survey on the Garrison property. The grid includes a baseline, a tie-in line, and cut grids at 100 metre spacing. The IP survey is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks.

The Company is also tendering bids for its 2010 10,000 metre diamond drilling program. The drilling will be designed to complete a NI 43-101 resource calculation of the Garrcon Zone, in addition to testing the extent of mineralization in both the Garrcon Zone and Jonpol Zones. The ground geophysical surveys will help guide the hole placement decision for infill drilling on the Garrcon Zone for the NI 43-101 resource calculation as well as test for extensions of mineralization on both the Garrcon and Jonpol Zones. Drilling will be split into stages to maximize drill efficiency and optimize data recovery.

This Press release has been reviewed by Brad Leonard P.Geo., exploration manager for Northern Gold Mining Inc., who is the "Qualified Person" as defined by NI 43-101 for this project.

Northern Gold Mining Inc. is a Toronto based junior resource company dedicated to gold exploration in the Kirkland Lake and Timmins mining camps of Northern Ontario. Its focus is the Garrison gold property, which contains an indicated resource of 253,100 tonnes grading 7.77 grams per tonne gold (63,200 ounces) and an inferred resource of 1,555,800 tonnes grading 4.93 grams per tonne gold (246,540 ounces) on the Jonpol Zone.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT: This News Release includes certain "forward-looking statements". All statements other than statements of historical fact, included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralization and reserves, exploration results, future plans and objectives of Northern Gold Mining Inc., are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Northern Gold Mining Inc.'s expectations are the risks detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by Northern Gold Mining Inc. with securities regulators. 

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

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