Draft EIS Newsletter
This newsletter provides an overview of how the document is organized, content, how to get a copy, and how to provide substantive comments.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement describes the process undertaken by the USDA Forest Service, to evaluate the issues related to and predicted effects of the submittal by Resolution Copper Mining, LLC of a mining General Plan of Operations, along with a connected, legislatively-mandated land exchange of Federal and private parcels in southeastern Arizona. For a brief introduction to the project, see the Forest Supervisor’s Dear Reader letter. The Executive Summary provides an abridged version of the DEIS for people wanting to quickly become familiar with the project.
Other Meeting Materials:
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.