COEUR D'ALENE, IDAHO--(Marketwire - Feb. 8, 2011) -  Timberline Resources Corporation (TSX VENTURE:TBR)(NYSE Amex:TLR) ("Timberline" or the "Company") is pleased to report continued favorable assay and gold recovery results from drilling at its Lookout Mountain Gold Project along the Battle Mountain – Eureka Trend of central Nevada. Results included several ore-grade intercepts with excellent recoveries of oxide gold mineralization, including Hole BHSE-062 which returned 1.22 grams per tonne (g/t) (0.036 ounces per ton (opt)) over 71.6 metres (235 feet) with 92.0-percent recovery.

Paul Dircksen, Timberline's Executive Chairman and Vice-President of Exploration stated, "Our 2010 acquisition of Staccato Gold was driven by our belief that Lookout Mountain hosts significant oxide gold mineralization amenable to low-cost, heap-leach recovery and has the potential for near-term open pit production with relatively modest capital expenditures. As we methodically execute our exploration plan, drilling and metallurgical results have consistently met or exceeded our expectations."

Significant drill results and gold recoveries include:

   From  To  Length      
    Feet (ft)   Feet (ft)   Feet (ft)      
Hole ID Metres (m)  Metres (m)  Metres (m) Gold Grade* Gold Recovery Comments
BHSE-056 15 ft 65 ft 50 ft 0.015 opt 94.5% Oxide
4.6 m 19.8 m 15.2 m 0.51 g/t
BHSE-059 90 ft 145 ft 55 ft 0.029 opt 89.5% Oxide
27.4 m 44.2 m 16.8 m 1.00 g/t
BHSE-060 130 ft 175 ft 45 ft 0.018 opt 89.8% Oxide
39.6 m 53.3 m 13.7 m 0.62 g/t
BHSE-060 465 ft 535 ft 70 ft 0.054 opt Sulfide
141.7 m 163.1 m 21.4 m 1.86 g/t
BHSE-062 515 ft 750 ft 235 ft 0.036 opt 92.0% Oxide
157.0 m 228.6 m 71.6 m 1.22 g/t
BHSE-064 130 ft 155 ft 25 ft 0.077 opt Sulfide
39.6 m 47.2 m 7.6 m 2.63 g/t
BHSE-065 250 ft 355 ft 105 ft 0.035 opt 82.3% Oxide
76.2 m 108.2 m 32.0 m 1.19 g/t
BHSE-066 290 ft 320 ft 30 ft 0.135 opt 95.3% Oxide
88.4 m 97.5 m 9.1 m 4.64 g/t
BHSE-067 0 ft 190 ft 190 ft 0.022 opt 91.6% Oxide
0 m 57.9 m 57.9 m 0.74 g/t
* Troy ounces per ton (opt) and grams per tonne (g/t)

Mr. Dircksen continued, "Upon receipt of the remaining drill results, Mine Development Associates (MDA) of Reno will complete our NI 43-101 resource estimate, which we expect by early March. We will then commence our Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for Lookout Mountain as we advance the project toward a production decision. Coupled with anticipated gold production at Butte Highlands by early Q1 2012, we believe we are exceptionally well-positioned for the ongoing bull market in gold. We are very excited about our future at Timberline."

Holes numbered BHSE-062 and BHSE-065 were drilled north of historic hole number EBR-9-94 which intersected 90.1 metres (295 feet) grading 0.79 g/t (0.023 opt) gold. These holes tested the western margin of the Lookout Mountain area, intersected significant intervals of gold mineralization, demonstrated favorable metallurgy, and may potentially expand the reported resource. Assays are pending for holes BHSE-068 and BHSE-070, both drilled to the south of hole number EBR-9-94.

Holes numbered BHSE-064 and BHSE-066 were drilled along the eastern margin of known gold mineralization to help define its eastern extent. The holes returned somewhat narrower intercepts with higher gold grades and appear to indicate a near vertical structural control to the eastern boundary of mineralization.

Lookout Mountain is the most advanced project within Timberline's 23 square-mile South Eureka land package, located just a few miles from Barrick Gold Corporation's two-million ounce Archimedes / Ruby Hill mine. Lookout Mountain hosts significant oxide gold mineralization amenable to low-cost, heap-leach recovery, along with a smaller, high-grade, sulfide resource. In September 2010, Timberline embarked on a $2.5-million South Eureka work program, primarily designed to complete a NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate at Lookout Mountain. The program has included 7,500 feet of core drilling, 30,000 feet of reverse circulation drilling, extensive metallurgical testing, and detailed geological mapping to better understand mineralization controls and outline additional drill targets. 

Paul Dircksen is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this release. He has verified the drill results and other data disclosed in this news release, including sampling, analytical and test data. Field work has been conducted under his supervision. The Timberline sampling and analysis program included an industry standard QA/QC program. After logging and cutting or dividing the sample intervals in half, the samples were picked up by Inspectorate America Corporation and taken to their lab in Sparks, Nevada for analysis. The samples were analyzed for gold using a standard 30g fire assay with an AA finish. Samples returning a gold value in excess of 3 ppm were re-analyzed using a 30g fire assay with a gravimetric finish.

About Timberline Resources

Timberline is a U.S.-based exploration/development company with a focus on advanced-stage precious metals properties. The Company's management team has a solid track record of achievement in building successful companies and discovering, exploring, and developing economic mineral deposits. Currently, Timberline is executing an aggressive exploration program at its South Eureka Property, a large drill-tested and highly prospective property in Nevada's Battle Mountain – Eureka gold trend. In addition, Timberline has two other business units. The Company has a 50% carried-to-production interest at the Butte Highlands Joint Venture which is currently in development and targeted to begin gold production in early 2012, where the Company has also undertaken additional surface drilling to test the extent of the mineralized zone. Timberline also has a wholly-owned subsidiary, Timberline Drilling, which provides cash flow to the Company from its underground and surface drilling operations at operating mines and advanced development and exploration projects. 

Timberline is listed on the NYSE Amex where it trades under the symbol "TLR" and on the TSX Venture Exchange where it trades under the symbol "TBR".

Statements contained herein that are not based upon current or historical fact are forward-looking in nature. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company's expectations about its future operating results, performance and opportunities that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. These statements include but are not limited to statements regarding the timing of the Company's continued drill program at Butte Highlands, the timing of assay results from such drilling program being released, the Company's 50/50 joint venture with Highland Mining LLC, the development and production of the Company's Butte Highlands project and South Eureka project, the targeted production date for the Butte Highlands project, targeted dates for the South Eureka technical report and PEA, results of the Company's drilling subsidiaries, possible growth of the Company and the Company's expected operations. When used herein, the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "upcoming," "plan," "intend" and "expect" and similar expressions, as they relate to Timberline Resources Corporation, or its management, are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to the Company and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause the Company's actual results, performance, prospects, and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, such factors, including risk factors, discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2010. Except as required by Federal Securities law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements.

Contact Information: Timberline Resources Corp.
Paul Dircksen, Executive Chairman
Timberline Resources Corp.
Randy Hardy, CEO