Tonto National Forest

Superior, Resolution Copper, mining, Native Americans, jobs,
Jun 29, 2023

Historic mining town backs copper project on land Native American groups say is sacred

Competing interests have ignited a tug of war between Superior, a town of about 3,000 people who want a huge copper mine built there for its economic benefits, and Native American groups that consider the land sacred and are fighting to protect it from disturbance.

Oak Flat, Chiricahua Apache, Resolution Copper
Jun 28, 2023

Oak Flat is sacred land to some Native Americans, but endangered by mine plan

The 6.7-square-mile (17.3 square-kilometer) Oak Flat is a verdant oasis in an arid landscape dotted with towering saguaro cacti, majestic rock spires and sweeping canyons. It is also here that Resolution Copper Mining, a joint subsidiary of British and Australian mining giants, Rio Tinto and BHP, wants to remove layers of rock to extract copper from deep underground.

Shah, Congress, Schweikert, election
Apr 5, 2023

Shah pursuing Schweikert’s seat in Congress

A Democratic state legislator is running for Congress and aiming to challenge U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., who represents the district that had one of the state’s tightest races in the 2022 election.

apple snails, Game and Fish, invasive snails, Camp Verde
Mar 24, 2023

Game and Fish asks volunteers to help eradicate invasive apple snails

Arizona Game and Fish wants to rid the state of an invasive gastropod pest, and it’s counting on responsible pet owners, outdoor enthusiasts, citizen scientists and volunteers to help.

mines, Prescott, Golden Idol Mine
Jan 12, 2023

Forest Service resumes cleanup of abandoned mines near Prescott after pause

Now that funds are in hand and the Mexican spotted owl’s breeding season is over, the U.S. Forest Service has resumed its abandoned-mine cleanup project east of Prescott.

Jun 28, 2022

Prisoners gain work experience, help prevent wildfires 

The Healthy Forest Initiative is being touted as a win-win that helps to restore Arizona's forests, prevent wildfires and give prisoners a second chance at life.  

Jun 24, 2022

Arizona Lottery protects desert environment 

For generations, the Saguaro cactus has served as an icon of the Sonoran Desert, standing as prickly sentinels against the foreboding landscape that is the Arizona Southwest.  

Sep 17, 2021

Fed puts forest program extension on hold

Arizona lawmakers and advocates said they were “blindsided” by the U.S. Forest Service’s abrupt announcement this week that it would halt negotiations on a proposed extension of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. 

Oct 8, 2020

Wildfires are raging – here’s how we can stop them

Wildfires are raging again as millions of acres across the American West succumb to a wave of devastating infernos. Our forests are literally dying for a solution.

Jan 7, 2020

Gabaldón to fight for more Arizona Trail funds

A southern Arizona Democrat is again fighting to get additional funding for the Arizona National Scenic Trail, a cross-state trail that spans from the Huachucas to the Utah border.

Sep 20, 2019

Forest Service seeks bids to thin AZ forests, avert wildfires

The U.S. Forest Service, faced with the slow pace of forest thinning, is seeking proposals to remove dense stands of trees in a wide swath of Arizona to help prevent wildfires.

Aug 20, 2015

Tonto National Forest supervisor postpones action on horses

Tonto National Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth has postponed any action regarding the horses on the Salt River for at least 120 days.