USDA Forest Service

The laws, Executive Orders, and regulations that govern Federal agencies’ relationship with Indian tribes are abstracted at FSM 1563.01 and explained with more detail at FSM 1563.8.

Mineral development on National Forest System (NFS) lands is a temporary use of those lands, and requires adequate fiscal resources be available to ensure that reclamation of the mineral sites are integral to any development proposal. As a result, the Forest Service has identified a mechanism for addressing post-closure long-term liabilities associated with large mining activities on NFS lands.

Teasel is an invasive plant that has been listed as a noxious weed in New Mexico. This field guide serves as the U.S. Forest Service’s recommendations for management of teasel in forests, woodlands, and rangelands associated with its Southwestern Region

African rue is listed as a noxious weed in both Arizona and New Mexico. This field guide serves as the U.S. Forest Service’s recommendations for management of African rue in forests, woodlands, and rangelands associated with the Service’s Southwestern Region.

The Forest Service authorizes a number of recreational activities on National Forest System (NFS) lands. The following set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) will help you determine whether your proposal would be considered a recreation event.

This Level II field guide describes a national protocol to supply data used in project identification and planning. Data collected through this field guide serve as the basis for the assessment of project and activity effects on, and the identification of project-level design and mitigation measures for, a specific set of groundwater-dependent ecosystem (GDE) types.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Agency conducts environmental analyses to assess the nature and importance of the physical, biological, social, and economic effects of a proposed action and its reasonable alternatives.

This Environmental Assessment discloses the direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts that would result from the proposed action and alternatives.

In response to Resolution Copper Mining’s (RCM’s) submittal of a plan of operations for pre-feasibility activities, the Forest Service prepared this EA in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This EA discloses the direct, indirect and cumulative environmental impacts that would result from the proposed action and alternatives.

In May 2010 the Tonto National Forest (TNF) completed a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review of the proposed action to authorize mining pre-feasibility activities on the Globe Ranger District in Pinal and Gila Counties, Arizona.

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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
john.scaggs@usda.gov

Apache Leap Special Management Area
Apache Leap SMA website