Late last year, a jaguar was sighted in southern Arizona – the first jaguar confirmed in the U.S. in 3 years! But now, as jaguars are making their way back to Arizona, new mining exploration could destroy the very habitat that these big cats are seeking.
The proposed “Rosemont Copper Project” in the Coronado National Forest would irrevocably impact the Santa Rita mountain range and important riparian wildlife habitats downstream. The mine would take over 4,500-acres in this iconic, biologically diverse sky island mountain range, and fill entire canyons on our public lands with waste rock.
Apart from the 4,500-acre mine, roads and heavy truck traffic would further disrupt important wildlife corridors and likely increase wildlife road kills.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for this proposed project does not adequately analyze the potential impacts to sensitive wildlife habitat, water quality and quantity, air quality, climate change, or recreation-based economies. A supplemental analysis must be conducted that adequately analyzes and discloses these impacts in order to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act.
The comment deadline has been extended to Tuesday, January 31st. Be sure to send your message now and make sure that your voice is heard before the deadline.
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