Apache Leap Area is subject of meeting

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Superior — Forest Service officials will meet with interested members of the public on Tuesday, April 4 in Superior to update attendees on the Forest Service’s management plan for the Apache Leap Special Management Area. This in relation to the Resolution Copper project.

The meeting will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Superior High School located at 100 Mary Drive.  During the session, Forest Service representatives will:

• Restate the Apache Leap Special Management Area, including legislative intent, purposes, and allowable uses • Summarize topics and areas of concerns expressed by the public during pre-scoping workshops and meetings held between October 2016 and January 2017. Those meetings gave the public a chance to provide input to help forest officials craft content for the management plan.

• Provide an overview of the draft management plan’s content; answer questions about the plan’s content.

• Collect comments on the management plan as part of the 30-day comment period.

• Discuss the Forest Service’s remaining, projected schedule to comply with development of the management plan by December 2017.

While the meeting will focus on the management plan, it will include time for public input as part of a 30-day public comment period. According to Mary Rasmussen, the Forest Service Project Manager for the Apache Leap Special Management Area, “the comment period will help the Tonto National Forest identify public concerns about the proposed action and to narrow the scope of the forthcoming environmental analysis to those topics that are relevant to the decision to be made.”  

Further information is available online at www.ApacheLeapSMA.us.  

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