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August 18, 2011

Highland Completes Exploration Programs on Humboldt Bay Property

Vancouver, British Columbia - Highland Resources Inc. ("Highland" or the "Company") announced that it has completed exploration programs on its Humboldt Bay property located 5 km northeast of the shores of Humboldt Bay on Lake Nipigon Ontario, about 45 km north of TransCanada Highway 11 at Beardmore, and accessible via Highway 801 north from Highway 11.

The Humboldt Bay property is underlain by rocks of the Onaman-Tashota Greenstone Belt which forms part of the Archean Wabigoon Subprovince within the Superior Province of the Canadian Shield. The Onaman-Tashota Belt has had significant production from the Sturgeon River Gold Mine and the Tashota Goldfields Mine. Numerous other gold-silver and base metal occurrences are present in the Tashota-Onaman area.

On the property are significant occurrences of copper, silver, zinc, lead and gold in volcanogenic massive sulphide zones associated with felsic to mafic volcanic flows and sediments. In addition the Brennan gold showing is a gold-bearing quartz vein exposed over a strike length of 575 meters that in 1976 produced a 50 lb composite bulk sample that reportedly assayed 0.49 oz/ton Au.

Ground geophysical surveys using Max Min II EM, Scintrix VLF, and EDA Omni Plus magnetometer were completed over 5 cut grids totalling 86 line kilometres (74 kilometres of line surveying). The ground surveys followed up on helicopter airborne geophysics that was completed in 2010 over the entire property. The 2010 airborne survey totalled 3348 line kilometres using a Aeroquest Surveys AeroTEM 2 EM system and the survey defined numerous EM anomalies. The 2011 ground surveys covered 5 selected EM anomaly areas and the ground surveys confirmed and refined the EM anomalies.

A diamond drill program carried out by Cobra Drilling of Thunder Bay, Ontario totalled 9 holes of 958 meters. The program tested 5 of the EM anomalies and was completed on June 30, 2011. Drilling intersected disseminated to massive sulphides in a volcanogenic setting, and sheared pyritic mineralization in what is interpreted as a structural gold setting. Assay results were received on August 15th and significant results are reported below. Of note hole HH11-007 intersected 59 g/t Ag and 0.17 g/t Au over 0.78 meters and 0.18% Cu and 0.45% Zn over 0.94 meters.

Highland Resources Drill Program 2011
Humboldt Bay Drill Hole Results

Hole # Grid Location Drill Intersection
Grid Grid N Grid E From
(m)
To
(m)
Width
(m)
Au
ppb
Ag
ppm
Cu
ppm
Zn
ppm

HH11-001

A BL0+00 L10+00 45.74 46.5 0.76     1640  

 

      59.75 60.5 0.75     1090  

HH11-002

A 2+50 L3+50 48.0 50.9 2.90     1460  

HH11-003

      89.63 91.5 1.87 82 0.97    

HH11-006

E 2+75 2+00 40.9 42 1.10     564 2597

 

      50.8 52.3 1.50     1640 1573

HH11-007

E 2+70 2+50 29.25 30.19 0.94     1810 4530

 

      73.56 74.34 0.78 166 59    

HH11-008

D 1+20S 4+00 73.52 76.55 3.03 46 0.68 143 1018


There were 541 samples of core taken, but the majority of the samples had negligible results.

Although assay results are low the stratigraphy intersected in the drilling indicates potential for both VMS and gold mineralization in the areas drill tested. In addition there are several anomalies that have not been drill tested, nor yet defined with ground geophysical surveys. These drill targets include the Brennan gold showing and several EM anomalies on volcanic trends known to host Cu and Zn mineralization.

Activation Laboratories Ltd. (Actlabs) carried out the sample analysis in their Thunder Bay and Geraldton, Ontario facilities. Samples were subjected to Actlabs' RX1 sample preparation which consists of crushing the entire sample to a nominal 10 mesh (1.7 mm) size, and pulverizing a 100 g sub-sample to 150 mesh (105 mm). A 30 g sub-sample of the pulverized sample was subjected to Actlabs' 1A2 analysis (Fire Assay with AA finish) and any analysis over 3000 ppb was re-assayed using Actlabs' 1A3 analysis (Fire Assay with gravimetric finish). Each sample was also analyzed using Actlabs' 1E3 analysis, which is an ICP/OES process for 37 elements. All samples collected were delivered directly to Activation Laboratories Ltd. Actlab's quality control system complies with ISO/IEC 17025 and CAN-P-1579.

The work program at the Rickaby property is designed and managed by GeoVector Management Inc. GeoVector is responsible for all aspects of the work including the quality control/quality assurance program. Insertion of Certified Standards and Blanks was carried out as part of the sampling procedures. All Standards and Blanks returned values within two standard deviations of the accepted values. Hole collars were located on cut grids and locations were verified with handheld GPS (UTM NAD83, Zone 16N). All holes were surveyed for down hole direction using a Reflex EZ-Shot survey instrument.

The technical information contained in this news release has been verified by Joseph Campbell, P. Geo., President of GeoVector, who is a Qualified Person as defined in "National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Properties."

Highland is dedicated to the principles of environmentally sound mining practices and believes that environmental stewardship and mining can co-exist.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Signed "Roger Blair"

Roger Blair, President

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Telephone: 1-604-602-4935
Facsimile: 1-604-602-4936
Contact: Roger Blair

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