On Jaunary 9, 2014, District Ranger Peterson signed the Decision Memo for the Rewards Placer Exploration. The legal notice of decision was published on 1/17/2014 in the Idaho Statesman. The operator will use a mini-excavator or similar size equipment to excavate sand and gravel and process it in a self-contained unit to extract precious metals.
The operation site is located along Illinois Gulch Creek. Access is off FS 314E road roughly 5 miles northeast of Idaho City