WestLand Resources

The documents listed below were authored by WestLand Resources.

The East Clear Creek parcel (“the Property”) is a private inholding within the Coconino National Forest, located along East Clear Creek about 38 miles (61 kilometers [km]) southwest of the town of Winslow. The Property encompasses uplands of the Colorado Plateau as well as an approximately 2.3-mile (3.7-km) reach of East Clear Creek in a narrow canyon.

The Apache Leap South End parcels (“the Property”) are three non-contiguous private inholdings within the Tonto National Forest (TNF). The Property is situated along the southern end of the Apache Leap, a prominent geologic feature that visually dominates the skyline east of the town of Superior, Arizona.

Data summarized in this report include digital photographs taken between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017 (the Survey Period). During the Survey Period, motion-sensitive cameras were deployed at twelve total locations in the vicinity of the Project. Areas in which the cameras were deployed include the Oak Flat/East Plant Site, Devils Canyon, and the proposed Tailings Area; collectively, the Study Area.

This biological evaluation (BE) supports an evaluation of an alternative tailings storage facility (TSF; the Project) located southeast of Superior and north of Kearny, Pinal County, Arizona. The purpose of this BE is to perform a screening analysis to determine the occurrence or potential to occur of special-status species and/or designated or proposed critical habitat in the proposed Project Area or its vicinity.

This catalog has been prepared to summarize available information for selected springs and seeps in the Upper Queen Creek and Devils Canyon watersheds (UQC/DC). The springs and seeps included in this catalog were selected based on proximity to planned facilities as proposed by Resolution Copper (RC) for the Resolution mine project. The catalog was prepared by Montgomery & Associates (M&A) and WestLand Resources, Inc. (WRI) on behalf of RC.

As part of continuing biological resources support for Resolution’s GPO, WestLand conducted surveys for special-status plant species associated with water features that occur in the vicinity of the GPO (Study Area). The objective was to survey for special-status species with potential to occur in the Study Area, and to continue compiling baseline data on wetland and riparian plant species at a combination of lentic (ponds and stock tanks) and lotic (perennial and intermittent drainages, seeps, and springs) habitats (hereafter, “sites” and “reaches”, respectively).

This report was prepared for Resolution Copper (RC) to describe surface water features monitored in the Oak Flat area. Sites monitored, methods of data collection, and findings of data collection from March through September 2017 are presented. Fourteen sites were studied to provide baseline technical hydrologic monitoring in the Oak Flat area within or adjacent to the projected disturbance zone of the proposed RC block cave mine.

This screening analysis was prepared to determine the potential for occurrence of special-status species and/or the presence of designated or proposed critical habitat within the footprint of these federal actions in support of USFS and Cooperative Agency review of these activities under NEPA.

This catalog has been prepared to summarize available information for selected springs and seeps in the Upper Queen Creek and Devils Canyon watersheds. The springs and seeps included in this catalog were selected based on proximity to planned facilities as proposed by Resolution Copper for the Resolution mine project. The catalog was prepared by Montgomery & Associates and WestLand Resources Inc on behalf of Resolution Copper.

Passive survey for raptors in 2016 were conducted at four sites in the vicinity of the Resolution Copper Project (the Project), a proposed underground mine and ore processing operation with associated facilities and infrastructure near Superior, Arizona. Survey was conducted at the Whitlow Ranch Dam, two portions of Devils Canyon, and one segment of Mineral Creek, all in Pinal County, Arizona (Survey Transects; Figure 1). The raptor survey coincided with the 2016 Yellow-billed cuckoo (YBCU) survey, which was also conducted in these areas (WestLand 2016a).

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EIS Status Update - March 2019

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Information on the forthcoming Draft EIS is now available under the ‘EIS Info’ tab. To view the update, click here.

EIS Timeline - Feb 2019

  1. Proponent submits revised Plan of Operations [Sep 2014]
  2. Federal Register Notice of Intent to prepare EIS [Mar 2016]
  3. Public scoping period and scoping meetings
    [5 meetings between Mar-Jun 2016; comment period extended from 60 days to 120 days, closed Jul 18, 2016 ]
  4. Compile and review existing data
  5. Prepare project description and identify project alternatives
  6. Publish Alternatives Evaluation Report [Sep 2017]
  7. We Are Here
    Validate Baseline Information; analyze environmental effects
  8. Prepare Draft EIS
  9. Federal Register Notice of Availability of Draft EIS
  10. 90-day public review and comment period, with public meetings
  11. Respond to public comments and prepare Final EIS
  12. Federal Register Notice of Availability of Final EIS and Draft ROD
  13. 45-day Public Objection Period
  14. Resolve objections to Final EIS and draft ROD
  15. Issue Final Record of Decision

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Forest Points of Contact

Media & General Info
John Scaggs
jscaggs@fs.fed.us

Project Manager
Resolution Copper
Mary Rasmussen
mcrasmussen@fs.fed.us

Apache Leap Special Management Area
Apache Leap SMA website