United States Forest Service finalizes plan to protect Apache Leap

Apache Leap Mountain is one of the Copper Corridor’s treasures

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Resolution Copper

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The United States Forest Service has finalized plans for the Apache Leap Special Management Area (SMA) to protect the culturally significant site above the town of Superior, Arizona. The approved plan is the result of 16 months of detailed environmental and cultural analysis and was developed in consultation with multiple stakeholders, including 12 Native American Tribes, the town of Superior, and interested members of the public.  The creation of the Apache Leap Special Management Area was the result of bipartisan legislation passed by the US Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2013. 

Resolution Copper project director Andrew Lye said, “We were pleased to be part of the Forest Service consultation process on protections for Apache Leap.  This is a major milestone and the broad consultation allowed us to understand the concerns of our neighbors and make adjustments to our plans to ensure that Apache Leap is fully protected in perpetuity.”

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