Birch Mountain appoints new CFO and achieves regulatory milestone



    CALGARY, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - Birch Mountain Resources Ltd. ("Birch Mountain"
or the "Company") (BMD: TSX and AMEX) announces that John A Clarke, CIA, MBA,
FCA has been appointed to the position of Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer. In addition, the formal supplemental information response for the
Hammerstone Project has been filed with Alberta Environment.
    Joel Jarding, President and Chief Operating Officer states, "I am very
pleased that John has joined the Company as CFO. The board and the management
team will benefit from his many years of experience in senior financial and
business management positions. John has spent the last 25 years in the Alberta
oil sands industry and has hands-on experience in strategic planning and field
operations with Synenco Energy Inc., Syncrude Canada Ltd., and Jacobs Canada
Ltd. in many capacities including Treasurer and Project Controller."
    In joining the Company John says, "Birch Mountain provides me with an
opportunity to contribute to the ongoing Muskeg Valley Quarry operation as
well as add value to the Hammerstone Project using my skills as a chartered
accountant and industry experience gained in the oil sands. I also bring
governance experience from years working in both pension management and the
accounting profession." Birch Mountain's previous CFO Hansine Ullberg will
continue on a part-time basis, providing continuity in the accounting
function.
    In other organizational changes, Derrick Kershaw will take on the newly
formed position of Senior Vice President Marketing and Investor Relations,
recognizing his broad network of contacts within the oil sands industry. Scott
Rose has been promoted to Operations Manager for the Muskeg Valley Quarry. In
his new role, Scott will focus on developing and executing the cost
containment quarry plan.
    In announcing these moves, Joel says, "I am confident these
organizational changes will produce a significant positive impact on our
future business. I am optimistic about 2008; we closed the $31.5 million
financing on December 24th and the strategic review, initiated by the Board of
Directors in September 2007, will be on-going as we continue with our
operational growth and development of the Hammerstone Project."
    Joel continues, "In December, we also completed the timely filing of the
Supplemental Information Response in support of the Hammerstone Environmental
Impact Assessment, (EIA). This is a major milestone towards achieving
regulatory approval in 2008 for quicklime production beginning as planned in
2009."

    Forward Looking Statements: This news release contains certain
forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of
historical fact, included herein, including without limitation, statements
regarding potential mineralization, resources and reserves, exploration and
development plans and results, anticipated capital expenditures and financing
thereof, anticipated outcomes and timing of regulatory applications and
approvals and the future plans and objectives of Birch Mountain are
forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. 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. Certain amounts in the financial statements are based on
estimates using the best currently available information and assumptions of
management. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from Birch Mountain's expectations are disclosed elsewhere in
documents that are available to the public at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov.

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For further information: Company Contacts: Birch Mountain Resources Ltd:
Tel (403) 262-1838, Fax (403) 263-9888, www.birchmountain.com; Equity
Communications: Steve Chizzik, Tel (908) 688-9111, Fax (908) 686-9111

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