Comment Period for Proposed Copper Mine, Land Exchange Ends November 7

PHOENIX, October 22, 2019 — For Immediate Release.
Interested parties have until November 7, 2019, to submit comments regarding the Forest Service’s findings outlined in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange.

The public can submit comments by:

  • Filling out the web form located on the project website under the 'EIS Info’ tab
  • Submitting written comments via postal mail to:
    Resolution EIS Comments
    PO Box 34468
    Phoenix, AZ 85067-4468
  • Note that written comments and statements must be postmarked no later than November 7, 2019

The electronic web form and instructions on how to comment, along with the DEIS and supporting documents, are available on the project website.

As of October 21, the Tonto has received about 800 individual comments through a combination of oral comments from six public meetings, submissions via the electronic web form, and written comments.

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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.rcexinfo@usda.gov

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.

Forest Service Point of Contact

John Scaggs
Tonto National Forest
john.scaggs@usda.gov

Apache Leap Special Management Area
Apache Leap SMA website