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.

Every two years, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is required by the federal Clean Water Act to conduct a comprehensive analysis of water quality data associated with Arizona’s surface waters to determine whether state water quality standards are being met and designated uses are being supported. This integrated surface water assessment and impaired waters listing report (2010 Assessment Report) serves three functions.

Good visibility is important to the enjoyment of national parks and scenic areas. Across the country, regional haze has decreased the visual range from 140 miles to 35-90 miles in the West, and from 90 miles to 15 -25 miles in the East. Regional haze is air pollution that is transported long distances, causing reduced visibility in national parks and wilderness areas. This haze is composed of small particles that absorb and scatter light, affecting the clarity and color of what we see.

WestLand was retained to conduct wildlife monitoring surveys utilizing motion-sensitive cameras in the vicinity of Resolution's holdings near Superior, Arizona and in the broader area. Data were collected from 15 camera locations distributed in several areas including the Oak Flat area, the upper, middle and lower portions of Devils Canyon and the Near West tailings alternatives area. Data collected during this wildlife camera monitoring survey provides a preliminary inventory of wildlife species in the vicinity of the proposed project and in the broader area.

WestLand was retained to conduct baseline biological surveys and studies in the project area.  Surveys reported here focus specifically on potential habitat for amphibians: the lentic habitats (ponds and stock tanks) and lotic habitats (ephemeral drainages and creeks) in the Oak Flat/East Plant Area, including portions of Devils Canyon south of U.S. Route 60.  The purpose of this report is to compile baseline data on amphibian and reptile species from surveys conducted for amphibians in 2011 and from previous surveys in 2003 and 2004.

List of birds [frequency and season].

This is a summary of personal observations and impressions of the continued presence or absence of the herpetofauna which have been previously reported at the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch. A total of fifty-two amphibian and reptile species have been reported within the Research Ranch boundaries. The continued existence of several species may be in doubt.

WestLand was retained to conduct wildlife monitoring surveys utilizing motion-sensitive cameras in the vicinity of RCM's holdings near Superior, Arizona. Data were collected at sites in Devils Canyon in 2008 and expanded efforts included additional sites in Devils Canyon and the Oak Flat/East Plant Site areas in 2011. This study was designed primarily to detect medium to large mammal species in the Resolution Project Area.

WestLand was retained to conduct a raptor survey near Superior, Arizona. The survey was conducted on lands administered by the Arizona State Land Department, lands administered by the U.S. Forest, and private lands owned by RCM. The purpose of the survey was to locate raptor nesting territories and to monitor locations of previous raptor sightings in the Study Area to contribute to the baseline of information that will be available to analyze potential impacts of proposed mine features.

This list incorporates changes in taxonomy and nomenclature that have occurred since the last list was prepared. Additional species have been documented and added to the list.

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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