Gilbert Cordova/Cronkite News
A deal to swap federal land for private land cleared the way for the proposed Resolution Copper mine project, but opponents in Congress hope to reverse the land swap and protect Oak Flat, a site considered sacred by the San Carlos Apache. Four public forums are being held over the next few weeks.

Saving Oak Flat: 4 Upcoming Public U.S. Forest Service Forums on Resolution Copper Mine

Jessica Swarner, Cronkite News

Editor's Note: The U.S. Forest Service began its environmental assessment on Resolution Copper Co.'s mining proposal under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) last week, a process that opponents said might as well be rigged. But the Forest Service says otherwise.

“A lot of people believe the NEPA process is predetermined, but the reality is NEPA is the vehicle that will allow all voices to be heard,” said Forest Service spokesperson Bill Tanner.

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The Forest Service will hold four open houses as part of its review of the Resolution Copper mine proposal. All are scheduled from 5-8 p.m.:

– March 31, Queen Valley Recreation Hall, 1478 East Queen Valley Drive, Queen Valley, Arizona

– April 4, Superior High School multipurpose room, 100 Mary Drive, Superior, Arizona

– April 5, Elks Lodge, 1775 East Maple St., Globe, Arizona

– April 6, Southwest Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Road, Gilbert, Arizona

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