The 2020 Fairbanks Conference registration includes access to the trade show and all technical sessions Wednesday (April 1) - Friday (April 3). It does not include meals, mine tours, or short courses, those you will need to purchase separately.  Below you will find information about these conference add-ons and ticketed events that are available to you.






$25.00 - Breakfast

$35.00 - Keynote Luncheon

$65.00 - Awards Banquet

NOTE: All prices are based on a per person/per meal

WEDNESDAY (April 1, 2020)
Keynote Luncheon: Darryl Steane, Ambler Metals

THURSDAY (April 2, 2020)

Breakfast: Mining District Breakfast

Luncheon: Chad Padgett, State Director BLM

Banquet: Banquet and Awards Ceremony

FRIDAY (April 3, 2020)

Breakfast: University and Friends Breakfast 
Luncheon:  Corri Feige, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Mining Industry Award Nominations

AMA likes to recognize the rock stars of Alaska’s mining industry at our Banquet & Industry Awards Ceremony. Awards are presented to members of AMA nominated by their peers for outstanding service, practices, and more. Please consider nominating a person, colleague, company, project, etc. for recognition at this year’s Awards Banquet held on Thursday, April 2, 2020. 

Previous Fairbanks Award Winners are: 

Promising Prospector: Jen Wieland (2016) and Ethan Trickey (2018)

Golden Heart Service: Dave “Zoom” Szumigala (2016) and Clark Milne (2018)

Hawley Lifetime Achievement: Sam Koppenberg (2016) and Rich Hughes (2018)

Nominations must be received by March 13, 2020, in order to be considered by the selection committee, and can be submitted by emailing them to Deantha Crockett, Executive Director at deantha@alaskaminers.org

Honors an individual active in AMA who has exemplified the spirit of advocating for Alaska’s miners. This award recognizes someone who has gone above and beyond to provide significant effort, expertise, or funding to an issue impacting Alaska’s miners and demonstrates a commitment to fostering long-term viability of Alaska’s miners, for the benefit of all Alaskans.  

The Promising Prospector Award honors a new face or up and coming Alaska miner who has made a positive impact on the mining industry in Alaska. This award will recognize a miner who embodies a passion and commitment to promoting Alaska through responsible mineral development.

This Award is named in honor of the longtime AMA member and former Executive Director Emeritus who dedicated his entire career to advancing Alaska’s mining industry. This award seeks to recognize the service contributions of a mining industry pioneer, individual, or employee who, like Chuck, devoted his professional life to ensuring a successful mining industry in Alaska.

There is an effort to receive donations for the Alaska Resource Education's Silent and Live Auction which takes place during our Awards Banquet.  If you are interested please download the ARE Donation form.





$250.00 - Short Course #1: Critical and Strategic Minerals

$250.00 - Short Course #2

Placer Mine Permitting

NOTE: All prices are based on per person and include lunch

MONDAY (March 30, 2020) 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 pm
Short Course #1: Critical & Strategic Minerals

TUESDAY (March 31, 2020) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Short Course #2: Placer Mine Permitting

Short Course Information

Critical & Strategic Minerals Short Course

The Short Course includes a review of the major mineral deposit types that are host to the fourteen rare earth elements (REEs), the six platinum group elements (PGEs) and seven other critical and strategic elements that are particularly germane to Alaska. Examples of known occurrences of those deposit types in Alaska and northwestern Canada along with the potential for the discovery of new occurrences of these deposit types shall be discussed.

Placer Mine Permitting Short Course
This Short Course is designed to provide small mines operators with information to help them navigate the permitting process. Presenters will cover the gamut of federal, state, and Fairbanks North Star Borough permitting and compliance requirements for mining operations. 





$250.00 - Usibelli Mine Tour

$250.00 - UAF Power Plant & Permafrost Tunnel

$250.00 - Pogo Mine Tour

NOTE: All prices are based on per person and include lunch

MONDAY (March 30, 2020) 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 pm
Usibelli Mine Tour

TUESDAY (March 31, 2020) 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. UAF Power Plant & Permafrost Tunnel

SATURDAY (April 4, 2020) 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Northern Star Pogo Mine Tour

Mine Tour Information

March 30, 2020 - Usibelli Coal Mine. Depart Carlson Center at 8:30 am and arrive back at Carlson Center around 4 pm. Box lunch will be provided. It may be worth noting that Usibelli has won numerous awards for reclamation, which they began long before there were any environmental requirements to do so.

March 31, 2020 - UAF Power plant, Limestone plant and USACE CRREL Permafrost Tunnel. 
Depart Carlson Center at 9:30 am and arrive back at the Carlson Center around 4 pm. Box lunch provided. The group will tour the new University of Alaska-Fairbanks (UAF) Combined Heat and Power Plant, which may be the last conventional coal-fired power plant constructed in the U.S and was named a 2019 Top Plant by Power Magazine. The new plant has a circulating fluidized bed boiler, has the lowest emission rates for PM2.5 of any coal plant in the U.S. and emits only 20 percent of the nitrogen oxide (NOx) produced by the previous UAF plant. Next, the group will drive to Fox for a brief tour of the Limestone plant, then on to the Cold Regions Research Engineering Laboratory Permafrost Tunnel, which will have just finished a big expansion when we tour.  The tunnel exposes 45,000 years of frozen, fine-grained soil including organics, bacteria, and bones frozen in place. Foreign nationals need to email a copy of the photo page of their passport or their green card to: Gary.W.Larsen@usace.army.mil 30 days ahead of the tour (March 1).

April 4, 2020 - Pogo Mine. Depart Carlson Center at 7 am and arrive back at Carlson Center around 7 pm. Lunch will be provided at the Pogo cafeteria. At the mine, the group will split in two, with one group touring the mill while the other goes underground, then the groups will change places. 





$0.00 -  FREE with registered convention attendance

$200.00 - Non-registered 

NOTE: All prices are based on per person and does not include lunch

SATURDAY (April 4, 2020) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
MSHA Surface Refresher

SUNDAY (April 5, 2020) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

MSHA Underground Refresher