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.

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

Families and individuals like to come to this site for its natural desert beauty and rock climbing.

The Assessment Report presents and evaluates existing information about relevant ecological, economic, and social conditions, trends, and risks to sustainability and their relationship to the 1985 Tonto National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, within the context of the broader landscape.

The management direction in this plan is designed to protect the values for which the area was designated, and to guide limited uses compatible with the area’s primary purpose.

This errata sheet documents corrections to the text of the published EA, and should be reviewed along with the final EA. These corrections reflect instruction provided by the Objection Reviewing Officer in letters in December 2017.

The Forest Service, an agency within the United States Department of Agriculture, is proposing to amend the 1985 Tonto National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan with a management plan for the approximately 839-acre Apache Leap Special Management Area established by Congress in December 2014 through the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.

On November 9, 2005, the Forest Service published travel management regulations governing off-highway vehicles and other motor vehicles on national forests and grasslands.

The Tonto National Forest proposes changes to motorized use on roads, trails, and areas to meet requirements of Executive Order 11644, as amended by Executive Order 11989, and in the Travel Management Rule regulations (36 CFR 212, Subpart B).


Comments from each of the six public hearings are available for viewing. Note that the public comment period is now closed.

Public Hearing Comments

Draft EIS

The draft EIS public comment period closed November 7, 2019. All 30,000+ comment submittals are now under review for consideration in the compilation of the final EIS.

Media & General Info

Point of Contact
John Scaggs
Tonto National Forest

Apache Leap Special Management Area
Apache Leap SMA website