Tonto National Forest

These presentation slides were used for the series of public scoping meetings held in March and April 2016.

These informational posters were displayed during public meetings that occurred during the formal scoping period.

On March 18, 2016, the Notice of Intent was published in the Federal Register, initiating the scoping process for the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange EIS.  The Tonto National Forest Supervisor, Neil Bosworth, issued this scoping letter, inviting public participation in the scoping process.

These questions were asked and answered during the public meetings held in Queen Valley, Superior, Globe, Gilbert, and San Tan, Arizona from March - June 2016. 180 total questions and answers are recorded here in 5 categories: NEPA process, impact analysis, land exchange, mine proprosal, and general.

Public open house meetings will be held as follows. Each meeting will take place from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.; a presentation will take place at 5:30, followed by a brief question and answer period.

This Draft Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact responds to the proposed Baseline Plan only. The Forest Service is developing a separate Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to respond to the proposed MPO, which will rely, in part, on the data collected under the approved Baseline Plan.

A series of objection resolution meetings will be held on May 9, 2016. These meetings concern the Resolution Copper Baseline EA.

The Forest Service prepared this Environmental Assessment to consider approval of the proposed plans of operations. It discloses direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental effects that would result from Forest Service approval of the for the proposed Baseline activities and alternatives.

Maps of Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011 including Federal Parcel, Oak Flat, Apache Leap, Cave Creek, East Clear Creek, Tangle Creek, Turkey Creek, Lower San Pedro River, Dripping Springs, Appleton Ranch, Superior Airport, and Fairview Cemetery.

Notice is hereby given that the Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture, and Bureau of Land Management, United States Department of Interior are evaluating the exchange of land with Resolution Copper Mining LLC, as directed by the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act, P.L. 113-291, Section 3003.


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