Vancouver, British Columbia, April 26, 2022 – Arizona Silver Exploration Inc. (TSXV: AZS) (OTCQB:AZASF) announces that the US Forest Service has issued a positive Decision Memo  approving exploration drilling on the Sycamore Canyon gold-silver project located in Cochise County, Arizona. The approval is subject to readily achievable mitigation measures. The Company will now entertain joint venture proposals to advance the project.

Mr. Mike Stark, President and CEO states: “Given our success and commitment to the Philadelphia Project, Sycamore Canyon is now a non-core asset for our Company.  We have developed drill targets on the property that simply require drill testing making it an ideal opportunity for an in-coming partner.”

Project Description

The Sycamore Canyon property is located in southern Graham County, Arizona, approximately 20 miles northeast of the town of Willcox.  Access to the property is via 4.5 miles of gravel roads west of paved divided highway US191 about 7 miles north of Interstate I-10. Two large powerlines cross US191 near the turn-off to the Sycamore Canyon property About Arizona Silver Exploration Inc.

The core of the property consists of 10 unpatented lode mining claims on US Forest Service administered public lands and 27 unpatented lode mining claims surrounding the core group of leased claims . The property hosts a prominent silicified breccia body that is over 600 meters long and between 20-80 meters wide. The body occurs primarily within Precambrian granite. The silicified breccia may extend northward on the claim block from what has been mapped to date, as mapping indicates the main trend of the breccia turns westward from an otherwise north-northwesterly trend.

Sampling throughout the silicified breccia to date demonstrates gold and silver values up to 31 grams per tonne (gpt) Au, or 0.903 ounces per ton (opt) Au, and 458 gpt (13.34 opt) Ag from within the silicified breccia.  The average of all 31 rock chip samples taken from the silicified breccia body and the surrounding silicified granite is 1.77 gpt (0.052 opt) Au and 89.5 gpt (2.61 opt) Ag.

The silicified breccia is covered by alluvium at the southeastern end of the extent of outcrop where the last samples collected contained between 1.34-3.02 gpt Au and 59.7 -208.4 gpt Ag.  It is likely the silicified breccia body continues beneath shallow unconsolidated alluvial cover to the southeast.  The breccia has yet to be tested with a drill hole.

The US Forest Service Decision Memo

The positive Decision Memo, with stipulations and required mitigation measures, was received in response to the initial Plan of Operations submitted in May 2018 to proceed with initial exploration drilling of the Sycamore Canyon gold-silver project. An initial Plan of Operations was submitted in May 2018 and finalized in November 2018.  Public comment was sought in late 2018 and early 2019, but the COVID pandemic and administrative issues caused the permitting of the project to be delayed until respective parties could be available to make their contributions to the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) permitting process.

The mitigation measures include:

The Company will engage an environmental consulting firm to incorporate these mitigation measures into a final Plan of Operations and a reclamation cost estimate for final submission to the US Forest Service for their consideration in issuing a final Record of Decision.

About Arizona Silver

Arizona Silver is a junior exploration company focused on exploring gold-silver properties in western Arizona and Nevada. The flagship asset is the Philadelphia property where exploration drilling is in progress. Elsewhere the Company recently received a positive Record of Decision on its Notice of Intent to drill an initial twelve exploration holes for Carlin-type targets on its recently acquired Silverton gold-silver property. Drilling there will be scheduled as time and equipment allow.

On behalf of the Board of Directors:


Mike Stark, President and CEO, Director
Phone: (604) 833-4278



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This news release includes certain forward-looking statements or information. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this release are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements in this news release include statements in relation to the timing, cost and other aspects of the 2022 exploration program; the potential for development of the mineral resources; the potential mineralization and geological merits of the exploration properties; and other future plans, objectives or expectations of the Company. 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 the Company’s plans or expectations include the risk that actual results of current and planned exploration activities, including the results of the Company’s 2022 drilling program(s) on its properties, will not be consistent with the Company’s expectations; the geology, grade and continuity of any mineral deposits and the risk of unexpected variations in mineral resources, grade and/or recovery rates; fluctuating metals prices; possibility of accidents, equipment breakdowns and delays during exploration; exploration cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses; uncertainties involved in the interpretation of drilling results and geological tests; availability of capital and financing required to continue the Company’s future exploration programs and preparation of geological reports and studies; delays in the preparation of geological reports and studies; the metallurgical characteristics of mineralization contained within the exploration properties are yet to be fully determined; general economic, market or business conditions; competition and loss of key employees; regulatory changes and restrictions including in relation to required permits for exploration activities (including drilling permits) and environmental liability; timeliness of government or regulatory approvals; and other risks detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by the Company with securities regulators. In connection with the forward-looking information contained in this news release, the Company has made numerous assumptions, including that the Company’s 2022 programs would proceed as planned and within budget. The Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by applicable securities legislation.