The Land Exchange
To safely develop the Resolution Copper deposit and deliver long-term economic and social benefits to the people of Arizona, we need access to land on the site that is now owned by the US government. This land will be directly impacted by the planned mining operations.
In 2014, Congress passed federal land exchange legislation, which allows for the exchange of 2,400 acres of land above the copper deposit for 5,300 acres of Arizona land owned by Resolution Copper that will become public.
The 5,300 acres of high-value conservation land that will become public is home to:
- A nature trail that winds through a mesquite woodland
- Wetlands, river bottoms and artesian wells
- A conservation area with 200 species of birds and 60 species of animals
- Archaeological sites, including petroglyphs
- Big game species like elk, mule deer and black bears
- Destinations for rock climbers
A bi-partisan group of leaders worked with us and local communities to craft the legislation and made many changes to address concerns associated with mining in the area. Federal land exchange legislation requires us to complete an Environmental Impact Statement not only for the project but for all the lands included in the exchange. For more information on the land exchange, visit the project background page published by the federal government.
Click here for detailed maps of the lands to be exchanged, courtesy of the US Forest Service.