Star Gold Corp has received preliminary approval from the US Forest Service (USFS) to drill its Longstreet Project.

The approval is subject to posting a bond, estimated at about $30,000, and Star Gold has been approved to drill 48 exploratory holes which will allow it to conduct mineral exploration at Longstreet on National Forest lands.

The company said that the core samples will provide it with a more thorough understanding of the potential to utilize leaching processes in the future to extract gold from the land.

Star Gold president Lindsay Gorrill said that the company expects to complete its objective of drilling these test holes by the end of the third quarter of 2011.

"Star Gold is currently in the process of filing a bond with the USFS which will complete the approval process and allow the company to proceed with drilling its core samples," Gorrill said.