Public Hearings & Meeting Materials

Throughout the 90-day public comment period, the Forest Service offered multiple ways – including website submissions, written comments and public hearings – for interested parties to comment on the analysis and findings in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

The Forest Service hosted six public hearings across three counties in towns and cities where the proposed mine and tailings facility would have a greater impact.

Public hearings were held in Superior, San Tan Valley, Kearny, Globe, Queen Valley, and Tempe.

Each meeting was structured as follows:
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.     Sign-in and Open House
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.     Video Presentation
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.     Public Hearing and Open House

Two court reporters recorded oral comments from attendees. Some attendees also submitted written comments.

Here are the public comments from each public hearing.

Superior - September 10, 2019
Superior Junior/High School
1500 Panther Drive, Superior, AZ
Download PDF, 308 KB

San Tan Valley - September 12, 2019
Central Arizona College, San Tan Campus A100 and A101
3736 E Bella Vista Rd, San Tan Valley, AZ
Download PDF, 143 KB

Kearny - September 17, 2019
Ray Elementary School Cafeteria
701 AZ 177, Kearny, AZ
Download PDF, 227 KB

Globe - September 19, 2019
High Desert Middle School Auditorium
4000 High Desert Drive, Globe, AZ
Download PDF, 382 KB

Queen Valley - October 8, 2019
Queen Valley Recreation Hall
1478 East Queen Valley Drive, Queen Valley, AZ
Download PDF, 830 KB

*Tempe - October 10, 2019
Hotel Tempe/Phoenix Airport InnSuites
1651 West Baseline Road, Tempe, AZ
* Added to schedule as of September 20, 2019
Download PDF, 601 KB

Meeting Materials

Draft EIS Public Meeting Presentation

This 15-minute presentation outlines the content and findings in the Draft EIS that was shared with attendees at each public meeting in September and October 2019. This includes a brief message from the deciding official.

Closed caption version: Watch closed caption video on YouTube

Standard version: Watch standard version video on YouTube

Other Meeting Materials:

 

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

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.

Forest Service Point of Contact

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

Apache Leap Special Management Area
Apache Leap SMA website