USDA Forest Service

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.

The guide is organized into two sections. The first section provides an introduction with definitions and explanations of Forest Service environmental justice policy. The second section offers information about environmental justice analysis in the NEPA process.

The draft ROD explains the Tonto National Forest’s rationale and documents the Tonto’s proposed decision to authorize uses of National Forest System land by issuing a road use permit and special use authorizations for pipeline and power line corridors associated with the project. The proposed decision is subject to predecisional objection pursuant to 36 CFR 218, Subparts A and B. Guidelines for submitting an objection are described in Part 8 of the draft ROD.

In this memorandum, we describe our mitigation evaluation process and identify those measures that we consider to be legitimate, practicable, and effective at reducing the impacts to recreation resources resulting from the proposed actions of the Resolution Copper Project.

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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 SM.FS.rcexinfo@usda.gov

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
john.scaggs@usda.gov

Apache Leap Special Management Area
Apache Leap SMA website