The Forest Service proposes to revise the current management of the Apache Leap Special Management Area (SMA) on the Globe Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest. In December 2014, Congress set forth the establishment of the Apache Leap SMA through the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA). Section 3003(g)(5)(a) of the NDAA directed the Forest Service to prepare a special management plan for the Apache Leap SMA in consultation with affected Indian tribes, the Town of Superior, Resolution Copper Mining, LLC (Resolution Copper), and interested members of the public.
The Southwestern Region of the Forest Service has received six objections to the Apache Leap Special Management Area and associated plan amendment for the Tonto National Forest. The objections, along with the Legal Notice, the Tonto National Forest’s proposed management plan, an environmental analysis document, and additional supporting documents are located under the Public Involvement tab.