Final Environmental Impact Statement & Final Record of Decision

A Proposed Mining Operation, Coronado National Forest, Pima County, Arizona

All documents are PDF format. Hard copies of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and final Record of Decision are available for review at all Coronado National Forest offices and selected public libraries - see Locations.

Final Record Of Decision

This is the Final Record of Decision (ROD) of the Coronado National Forest response to the mine plan of operations (MPO) submitted for the Rosemont Copper Project. The Final ROD documents the decision of the Forest Supervisor, along with the rationale for the decision and alternatives considered in reaching the decision. The Final ROD includes a discussion of preferences among alternatives based on relevant factors and how those factors were considered in reaching the decision, as well as mitigation and monitoring measures that are required by this decision. The Final ROD also documents changes and additions to the MPO deemed necessary by the Coronado. The Final ROD also includes a decision to amend the 1986 “Coronado National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan” (referred to as the “forest plan”), which will create a new forest management area (MA) for which specific standards and guidelines will be established relative to a large-scale mining operation. Questions & answers about the Final ROD can be found here.

Download PDF (2.7 MB, 142 pages)

The Final ROD can also be viewed in person at the following locations:

  • Coronado National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 300 W Congress St, Tucson, AZ
  • Douglas Ranger District, 1192 West Saddleview Rd, Douglas, AZ
  • Nogales Ranger District, 303 Old Tucson Rd, Nogales, AZ
  • Safford Ranger District, 711 14th Ave, Suite D, Safford, AZ
  • Santa Catalina Ranger District, Sabino Canyon, 5700 N Sabino Canyon Rd, Tucson, AZ
  • Sierra Vista Ranger District, 4070 South Avenida Saracino, Hereford, AZ
  • Joel D Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ
  • Sonoita Community Library, 3147 AZ-83, Sonoita, AZ
  • Patagonia Public Library, 342 Duquesne Ave, Patagonia, AZ
  • Joyner-Green Valley Library, 601 N La Canada Dr, Green Valley AZ

FEIS Errata

This errata sheet documents corrections to the text of the published FEIS. These corrections reflect minor errors and omissions discovered after the release of the FEIS, as well as specific changes directed by the Regional Forester during the objection process. This document should be reviewed along with the FEIS.
Download PDF (3.3 MB, 42 pages) Last updated April 26, 2017

Objections Process and Timeframe

The objection filing period opened January 1, 2014 and closed February 14, 2014. The Reviewing Officer, Regional Forester Cal Joyner issued a written response to the objections on June 13, 2014. The Coronado Forest Supervisor issued a written response to the Regional Forester on March 29, 2016. Additional information on the objection process follows:

Cover Letter

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Draft Record of Decision

The Draft ROD was published in December 2013 at the same time as the Final EIS
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FEIS Volume 1 - Executive Summary, Chapters 1 & 2

Includes Executive Summary, Chapter 1. Purpose of and Need for Action, Chapter 2. Alternatives, Including the Proposed Action
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FEIS Volume 2 - Chapter 3

Includes Chapter 3. Affected Environment and Environmental Consequences
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FEIS Volume 3 - Chapter 3

Includes Chapter 3. Affected Environment and Environmental Consequences
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FEIS Volume 4 - Chapters 4 & 5, Glossary, Literature Cited, Index

Includes Chapter 4. Consulted Parties, Chapter 5. List of Preparers, Glossary, Literature Cited, Index
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FEIS Volume 5 - Appendices A-E

Includes USACE Section 404(b)(1) Alternatives Analysis, Mitigation and Monitoring Plan, Visual Simulations, Memorandum of Agreement, Tribal Consultation
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Appendix C - Viewshed Analysis Figures - (1.8 MB, 5 pages)

Appendix C - Visual Simulations - (9.6 MB, 22 pages)

FEIS Volume 6 - Appendices F-G

Includes U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinion, Summary of Response to Comments on the DEIS
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* Appendix G - Commenter Response Database - (222 MB, 318 files)

* The Appendix G Commenter Index pdf was updated on 12/12/13 due to a formatting error that affected 13 of the 25017 individual submissions listed (only those with a large amount of comments). Once the problem was identified, the Forest quickly responded and made all corrections. We apologize for any inconvenience.

* Republication of Appendix G - November 2015 - Following publication of the FEIS and the draft record of decision (ROD), in January 2014 the Forest Service initiated a formal objection process. The Forest Service received 101 eligible objections, which were reviewed by the Regional Forester. On June 13, 2014, the Regional Forester provided direction to the Coronado National Forest Supervisor in response to the eligible objections. The Regional Forester’s direction included the following instruction: “Republish Appendix G to include all Public Concern Statements and responses (not a subset as is currently printed). Also, to meet the requirements of Section 102(c) of NEPA, include scanned copies of actual letters received by Federal, State, and local agencies and elected officials [see NEPA and FSH 1909.15_25.1(3)].” As instructed, appendix G has been republished to include all Public Concern Statements and responses, as well as copies of all letters received by Federal, State, and local agencies and elected officials. The republished appendix replaces the appendix published in the FEIS in December 2013.

FEIS GIS Files & List of Figures

GIS data files for figures in the FEIS and Draft ROD
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GIS files are not provided for FEIS or Draft ROD figures that were provided only as images, pdf files, graphs, etc. Those figure numbers are listed in this document:
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