USDA Forest Service

These regulations set forth the rules and provisions to minimize adverse environmental impacts on surface resources resulting from locatable mineral activities.

The regulations in this subpart set forth a process for developing, adopting, and revising land and resource management plans for the National Forest System as required by the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974, as amended (hereafter, RPA). These regulations prescribe how land and resource management planning is to be conducted on National Forest System lands.

Neil Bosworth, the Forest Supervisor for the Tonto National Forest, outlines his agency’s responsibilities and encourages the public to review the Draft EIS and provide substantive comments with supporting reasons in his Dear Reader letter.

Federal Register Notice of Availability.

EIS No. 20190189, Draft, USFS, AZ, Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange, Comment Period Ends: 11/07/2019

The Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act (the “Act”), P.L. 113-291 authorizes and directs the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into a land exchange with Resolution Copper Mining, LLC, on the terms and conditions and according to the procedures set forth in the Act.

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.

Resolution Copper submitted the General Plan of Operations to the Forest Service in November 2013. After review and subsequent modifications, the Forest Supervisor issued a completeness review letter in December 2014. The Forest Supervisor determined that the Plan is complete in accordance with applicable law, regulation, and policy.

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.

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.

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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
john.scaggs@usda.gov

Apache Leap Special Management Area
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