Biological Resources

The documents listed below are Baseline Reports categorized topically as biological resources.

The East Clear Creek parcel (“the Property”) is a private inholding within the Coconino National Forest, located along East Clear Creek about 38 miles (61 kilometers [km]) southwest of the town of Winslow. The Property encompasses uplands of the Colorado Plateau as well as an approximately 2.3-mile (3.7-km) reach of East Clear Creek in a narrow canyon.

WestLand was retained to conduct a survey for raptors on the approximately 1,224-hectare Federal Parcel, in the Tonto National Forest. The purpose of this survey was to determine which raptor species could be confirmed on the Parcel.

WestLand was retained to conduct a survey for bats on the approximately 1,224-hectare Federal Parcel, in the Tonto National Forest. The purpose of this survey was to determine which bat species could be confirmed present on Parcel.

WestLand was retained to conduct a range of ecological studies of several parcels of land. This report summarizes the biological resources of one parcel of U.S. Forest Service land (the Federal Parcel) and five privately owned parcels (the Offered Lands). The work was conducted in anticipation of a possible land exchange.

This report compares the floodplain and wetlands inventories for five offered lands ("Non-Federal Parcels") to the "Federal Parcel". The Non-Federal Parcels are: JX Ranch, Appleton Ranch, LX Bar Ranch, 6L Ranch, 7B Ranch. The Federal Parcel is also known as the Resolution Parcel, and will be so referenced in this report.

WestLand was retained to prepare an Ecological Overview for an approximately 357-hectare site in Santa Cruz County, Arizona.  This evaluation of the property was conducted to: Identify the types and relative condition of the biological resources found; Evaluate the ecological characteristics; Identify remarkable resource attributes and; Briefly assess the resource conservation values and opportunities in reference to local and regional contexts.

WestLand was retained to prepare and Ecological Overview for approximately 59.5 hectares of land along Turkey and Rock Creeks within the Tonto National Forest in Gila County, Arizona (referred to as JX Ranch). This evaluation of the property was conducted to: Identify the types and relative condition of the biological resources found; Evaluate the ecological characteristics; Identify remarkable resource attributes, and; Briefly assess the resource conservation values and opportunities in reference to local and regional contexts.

WestLand was retained to prepare an Ecological Overview for approximately 59.9 hectares of land along Tangle Creek within the Tonto National Forest in Yavapai County, Arizona (referred to as LX Bar Ranch). This ecological evaluation was conducted to identify the type and relative condition of the biological resources found on and to evaluate ecological characteristics of the property to identify remarkable resource attributes, and to briefly assess their conservation values in reference to local and regional contexts.

WestLand was retained to prepare a Baseline Biology and Land Use Report describing a parcel of federal land in the Tonto National Forest. Resolution intends to obtain the Parcel by way of a land exchange with the U.S. Forest Service and to conduct studies to determine the feasibility of establishing an underground copper mine at the site.

WestLand was retained by Resolution to prepare an Ecological Overview for approximately 1,295 hectares of land along the Lower San Pedro River near the Town of Mammoth. This ecological evaluation was conducted to identify the types, relative condition, and ecological value of the biological resources found on the Property, and to briefly assess their conservation values in the context of the San Pedro River watershed and the larger region.

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Forest Points of Contact

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John Scaggs
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Resolution Copper
Mary Rasmussen
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