Tonto National Forest

The Executive Summary provides an overview of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange.

The Draft EIS describes the process undertaken by the USDA Forest Service, to evaluate the issues related to and predicted effects of the submittal by Resolution Copper's mining GPO, and legislatively-mandated land exchange.

Letter from Neil Bosworth, Forest Supervisor, to Terry Rambler, Chairman, San Carlos Apache Tribe

Request to consider changes and provide written concurrence that the tailings storage facility as described in the GPO is no longer appropriate to analyze in detail, and that replacement with the modified centerline alternative identified by Resolution Copper as "Alternative 3A" is therefore warranted.

Tonto National Forest identified 26 river segments as eligible for wild and scenic rivers designation. Determinations for eligibility were made using the process outlined in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System Act of 1968. The results of these studies were adopted as amendments to the 1985 Tonto National Forest plan.

Invitation to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to take part in the environmental review of the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as a participating agency.

The Forest Service is proposing changes to the current management of an area within the Globe Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest designated as the Apache Leap Special Management Area.

Residents and local government officials in surrounding communities have interest in how management of the National Forests and Grasslands affects local economies.

Amend the Agreement to Initiate Land Exchange dated December 6, 2017 in the following manner.


Email Address Created for Land Exchange Questions

The Southwestern Region Office of Lands and Minerals Management is overseeing and administering the land exchange and appraisal process which includes the 2,422-acre Oak Flat Federal Parcel. All questions about the land exchange and appraisal process should be emailed to

Programmatic Agreement Info

To comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Tonto National Forest developed a Programmatic Agreement (PA) and included it in Volume 5, Appendix O of the final EIS. The PA was created in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the State Historic Preservation Office, tribes and other consulting parties. The PA contains an agreed upon process for identifying, evaluating and addressing adverse effects to historic properties associated with this undertaking.

To review Volume 5 and the PA, Download Vol 5 PDF, 27 MB.

Forest Service Point of Contact

John Scaggs
Tonto National Forest

Apache Leap Special Management Area
Apache Leap SMA website