TUCSON, AZ – The Coronado National Forest is requesting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to reinitiate formal consultation for the Rosemont Copper project. Consultation is required under the Endangered Species Act to ensure that the effects of a proposed project on listed species are avoided or minimized.
Due to additional information the Forest Service has received and other information provided by the USFWS, the Coronado National Forest has made the decision to reinitiate formal consultation and request conference opinion.
Additional information includes the documented evidence of the presence of ocelot within or near the project area and the potential listing of species which were not considered in the original biological opinion. Additional information related to the effects of groundwater drawdown on aquatic and riparian species near the project area will also be included as part of the consultation process.
The Forest Service will prepare a supplemental biological assessment to incorporate the additional information. In preparation of the biological assessment the Coronado National Forest will work with Rosemont Copper Company and USFWS to identify any further conservation measures which may be needed to mitigate any effects on endangered species.
The Record of Decision for the project will not be signed until the consultation process is complete and a new biological opinion is issued.