Results of Sonoran Desert Tortoise Survey in the Tonto National Forest, Near Superior, Arizona 2013
Biological baseline studies were conducted related to a proposed tailings alternative within the Tonto National Forest as outlined in a GPO, and related to proposed baseline activities in support of mining exploration activities in the same general area as described in a Plan of Operations. Sonoran desert tortoise surveys were conducted with the Tailings and the Baseline Activities Areas. The purpose of these surveys was twofold. First, all of the survey transects provide baseline information that could be used to inform future studies and monitoring activities related to potential impacts to individual or shelters. Second, the surveys within the Baseline Activities Areas provided 100 percent coverage of those areas, with the exception of a few Baseline Activities Area components that were not surveyed.
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.