Amphibian and Reptile Surveys
Baseline biological surveys and studies were conducted 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.
WestLand Resources Inc. 2012a. Amphibian and Reptile Surveys. Prepared for Resolution Copper Mining. December 12, 2012.
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.email@example.com
Objection Period Ends March 1
Interested parties who previously submitted formal comments about the project have until March 1 to file an objection to the Tonto’s proposed decision.
For more info, view TNF News Release.
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.