The CuMo Project | CuMo PROJECT
The CuMo Project is an exploration of one of the largest deposits of molybdenum, copper and silver in North America located in Boise County, Idaho.


In 2013, CuMoCo established an Idaho-based corporation named Idaho CuMo Mining Corporation (ICMC). The Idaho-based team is credited with successfully moving the Project through the Supplemental Environmental Assessment that concluded in October 2015 with a Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision Notice issued by the U.S. Forest Service.

As the CuMo Project moves forward, having Idaho-based operations and leadership will provide greater access to relevant agencies and help to build state, local and community relationships. The ongoing engagement of Idaho professionals, local labor, geologists, and mining industry experts confirms ICMC’s commitment to Idaho and Boise County.


John R. Moeller, PhD

Dr. Moeller’s 35 year career in private consulting, state government, and the university setting provides a broad perspective into planning, permitting, design, implementation, public outreach, and compliance. His strong understanding of and practical approach to rules, regulations, and organizational structures routinely leads clients to call upon him to negotiate permits and compliance issues with agencies.

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He is a Principal of Forsgren Associates, a civil and environmental engineering firm, with offices across the western U.S. He is the company’s Vice President of Environmental Services and a member of its board of directors.

Dr. Moeller has taken the lead in representing CuMoCo before state, local, and federal agency officials and the public about the CuMo Project’s exploration. He was the point person to track, expedite and respond to the project’s highly visible and contentious environmental assessment. His team has identified nearly 100 permits, approvals, exemptions and consultations that may be required before a mine could go into production.

Dr. Moeller managed water quality and hazardous materials programs during a nine-year tenure at Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and has maintained and grown extensive relationships across a wide spectrum of state and federal agency staff and managers. Early in his career, he co-founded a state and federal interagency task force to permit a $400 million open pit molybdenum mine in the headwaters of Idaho’s Salmon River. That unique regulatory concept shaved months off the permitting process and saved an estimated $30- 50 million in development costs. He chaired a governor appointed task force to develop regulations for utilizing cyanide to leach precious metals from ores. That negotiated rulemaking was supported by a wide array of shareholders and approved by the legislature.

Dr. Moeller earned his PhD in Water Quality/Limnology from Idaho State University, his Master of Science in Zoology/Water Quality from the University of Kentucky, and his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, also from the University of Kentucky. For the past ten years, he has been an adjunct graduate faculty member at Boise State University, teaching water quality management.

He was awarded an Environmental Protection Agency Bronze Medal for his efforts associated with hazardous waste capacity assurance and development of pollution prevention programs. He served on the board of directors for the Idaho Conservation league.

The addition of Dr. Moeller to the Board would bring extensive hands-on permitting experience and knowledge of state and federal agencies and procedures.

Joseph H. Baird, JD

Joe Baird is a partner in the Boise, Idaho law firm of Baird Hanson Williams LLP, which firm has permitted more mining projects in Idaho than any other law firm. Baird provides environmental and mining counsel to a wide variety of New York Stock Exchange, Toronto Stock Exchange and venture capital mineral companies, including base and precious metal production companies, industrial mineral producers, exploration programs and mineral land management companies.

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Prior to the establishment of the law firm of Baird Hanson Williams LLP in June 1997, Baird was a partner in the Idaho law firm of Givens Pursley and Elam & Burke. Before moving to Idaho in 1988, Mr. Baird practiced mining and environmental law in Colorado for seven years, where he was Associate General Attorney with Union Pacific Resources Company and an attorney with the Holland & Hart law firm. Baird is a member of the Colorado and Idaho State Bars. Baird graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1981. He clerked for Exxon Minerals Company, USA in 1980 and the American Mining Congress in 1979. Prior to law school, Baird was with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colgate University in 1976, with majors in Geology and Political Science.

Baird has served in several officer positions and as a trustee for the Northwest Mining Association, the largest mining organization in the United States with extensive contacts within the mining industry and state and federal governments, and which continues to lobby for the mining industry in the United States. His professional memberships also include the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (formerly as a Trustee at Large) and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.

As the CuMo Project advances, the priority for development switches from simple exploration to the environmental and permitting areas of development. The addition of Baird to the Board would provide the expertise required to navigate the permitting and environmental hurdles as well as develop contacts through the U.S. and Idaho.

Thomas Conway

Thomas Conway holds a B.Sc. Mining Engineering (University of Minnesota) and attended Harvard Business School’s Executive MBA program. He is a results-oriented executive with 20 years of diverse experience largely with Newmont Mining Corporation (“Newmont”) in operations, general management, environmental affairs and risk management, including serving as Newmont’s Vice President of Risk Management.

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His operational experience at Newmont covered domestic and international assignments in open pit and underground operations where he has a record of enhancing operations through improved cost control and productivity innovations, while maintaining safety and environmental standards. Conway served as Vice President/General Manager Carlin Operations for Newmont where he was responsible for a 2 million ounce per year operation with 1,600 salaried and hourly employees; and Vice President/General Manager Minera Yanacocha where, under his guidance, Yanacocha expanded annual gold production from 300,000 ounces to 1.2 million ounces in 3 years.

Conway also served as assistant General Manager at Yanacocha where he was responsible for the startup – ahead of schedule and under budget – of two metallurgical plants and three open pit mines. Conway has a strong understanding of the permitting process through time served as Manager, Environmental Affairs Carlin Operations, where he was responsible for compliance and permitting, and negotiations with the US EPA and the State of Nevada regulators. Since February 1, 2011, Conway has served as President and CEO of I-Minerals Inc., a TSX Venture Exchange listed company developing two unique industrial mineral deposits in Idaho, USA.

As the CuMo Project moves forward, having Idaho-based operations and leadership will provide greater access to relevant agencies and help to build state, local and community relationships. The ongoing engagement of Idaho professionals, local labor, geologists, and mining industry experts confirms ICMC’s commitment to Idaho and Boise County.

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  • Molybdenum is a Group 6 chemical element with the symbol Mo and atomic number 42. The name is from Neo-Latin Molybdaenum, from Ancient Greek Μόλυβδος molybdos, meaning lead, since its ores were confused with lead ores.[4] Molybdenum minerals have been known into prehistory, but the element was discovered (in the sense of differentiating it as a new entity from the mineral salts of other metals) in 1778 by Carl Wilhelm Scheele.

  • Most molybdenum compounds have low solubility in water, but the molybdate ion MoO42− is soluble and forms when molybdenum-containing minerals are in contact with oxygen and water. Industrially, molybdenum compounds (about 14% of world production of the element) are used in high-pressure and high-temperature applications, as pigments and catalysts.

  • Molybdenum does not occur naturally as a free metal on Earth, but rather in various oxidation states in minerals. The free element, which is a silvery metal with a gray cast, has the sixth-highest melting point of any element. It readily forms hard, stable carbides in alloys, and for this reason most of world production of the element (about 80%) is in making many types of steel alloys, including high strength alloys and superalloys.

  • At least 50 molybdenum-containing enzymes are now known in bacteria and animals, although only bacterial and cyanobacterial enzymes are involved in nitrogen fixation, and these nitrogenases contain molybdenum in a different form from the rest. Owing to the diverse functions of the various other types of molybdenum enzymes, molybdenum is a required element for life in all higher organisms (eukaryotes), though not in all bacteria.