Land Exchange

These documents include technical reports, memorandum, scientific journal articles, and others cited in the Land Exchange Proposal. They are available for download as PDF files wherever possible.

In November 2013, Resolution Copper Mining, LLC (RCM) submitted the proposed General Plan of Operations (GPO) to the Tonto National Forest, to develop and mine a copper-molybdenum deposit. Tonto National Forest deemed the GPO to be complete in December 2014 - see Letter of Completion. A plan of operations is a Forest Service permit, which authorizes mining operations on national forest lands.

Travel with us to the windswept grasslands of the middle Agua Fria to camp under the stars, pound your kidneys into pate on some of the roughest, rockiest roads in Arizona, and visit the breathtaking cliff edge ruins and countless petroglyphs of Perry Mesa.

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Cover only. Materials that meet the criteria of Freedom of Information Act exemptions are not posted on this website. Culturally sensitive materials not posted here fall under this criteria.

WestLand Resources, Inc. (WestLand) was retained by Resolution Copper Mining LLC (the “User”), to perform a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) for Dripping Springs, a property comprised of approximately 160 acres located in Sections 7 and 8 of Township 4 South, Range 15 East, Gila and Pinal Counties, Arizona (hereby referred to as “the Property”) (Figure 1). The Property is a private in-holding within the Bureau of Land Management lands, located along the Dripping Spring Mountains, north of the town of Hayden.

WestLand Resources, Inc. (WestLand) was contracted by Resolution Copper Mining, LLC (the “User”) to perform a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) for approximately 110 acres referred to as Apache Leap South End (“the Property”). The Property is comprised of three discrete land areas located within Sections 1, 2, and 12 of Township 2 South, Range 12 East, in Pinal County, Arizona (Figure 1). The Pinal County Assessor Parcel Numbers (APNs) for the Property are 105-15-003 and 105-15-004. An aerial photo showing the boundary of the Property is included as Figure 2.

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EIS Status Update - Mar 2019

As of March 15, a Draft EIS update is now available under the ‘Public Involvement’ 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