If the land exchange legislation is passed by Congress, large copper deposits will be turned over to Resolution Copper to develop and operate an unprecedented block-cave copper mine which threatens to swallow huge swaths of lands currently within the Tonto National Forest. The land includes sites that are sacred to the San Carlos Apache and other tribes, and important to recreational users, rock climbers, campers, hikers and others.
The land exchange is also opposed by conservation, recreation and preservation organizations including the Arizona Mining Reform Coalition, the Tucson Audubon Society, Friends of Ironwood Forest, Earthworks, Access Fund, and Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club. These organizations cite the potential for catastrophic harm the proposed mine presents to a traditional cultural site and to air, water, recreation, and imperiled plants and animals.
SOURCE San Carlos Apache Tribe; Arizona Mining Reform Coalition; Concerned Citizens and Retired Miners Coalition