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Jun 23, 2004, 10:42 AM
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     URGENT: Queen Creek Access Alert !!!  (North_America: United_States: Arizona: Phoenix_Area: Queen_Creek_Canyon)
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ACTION ALERT: YOUR HELP NEEDED!!

ARIZONA’S OAK FLAT THREATENED BY MINING PROPOSAL!!

Access to portions of Arizona’s Queen Creek/Oak Flat area – home to the Phoenix
BoulderBlast (formerly, the Phoenix Bouldering Contest) – may be lost forever if a
mining proposal to extract billions of dollars worth of high-grade copper is
approved. Resolution Copper’s proposed mine – believed to be the largest copper
ore body in North America, and located thousands of feet beneath the US Forest
Service-managed Oak Flat area – could cause substantial ground subsidence
requiring the area to be closed to public entry (see
http://friendsofqueencreek.com/Subside.htm). The mine could affect hundreds of
bouldering problems and roped routes, resulting in the largest ever loss of climbing
resources in the US.

The Access Fund continues to work with the newly-formed Friends of Queen Creek
(FOQC) to advocate for continue public access to the Oak Flat area, and identify
possible outcomes whereby mining activity and climbing opportunities in the Queen
Creek area can coexist. FOQC is not opposed to mining, but the long-term future of
Arizona must include permanent recreational access to Oak Flat Campground and
surrounding public lands for tourism, hiking, hunting, biking, birding, bouldering,
rock climbing, camping, canyoneering, sightseeing, photography, picnicking, off-road
vehicles, and other uses. Please join Friends of Queen Creek to ensure that
Resolution Copper develops their mine in a responsible manner and does not destroy
Oak Flat and Apache Leap.

At this stage Resolution Copper has completed initial feasibility studies and begun
“informal discussions” with the US Forest Service’s Tonto National Forest
concerning the proposal. Email the Tonto National Forest’s Deputy of Public
Affairs Vincent Picard at vpicard@fs.fed.us for more information as to the status of
these discussions.

The loss of Oak Flat access could also result from a proposed legislated land
exchange, which could effectively take the public’s voice out of the approval
process unless Congress is convinced otherwise.

THE FRIENDS OF QUEEN CREEK NEED YOUR HELP TO CONVINCE CONGRESS TO OPPOSE A
LEGISLATED LAND EXCHANGE AUTHORIZING RESOLUTION COPPER TO ACQUIRE OAK FLAT

If you would like to help FOQC lobby Congress in opposition of a legislated land
exchange, log onto http://www.accessfund.org/...een_letter_6_04.html

For more information, check out http://friendsofqueencreek.com/ or email
info@friendsofqueencreek.com.


paintsaint


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any updates on this? i haven't heard anything in a while


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any updates on this? i haven't heard anything in a while
The next R&I (the one due out in a few days) will have an update.


curt


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any updates on this? i haven't heard anything in a while

Resolution Copper Company will most likely get a Bill introduced into Congress as soon as March specifying the land exchange proposal they desire in order to obtain ownership of the Oak Flat campground area. Interestingly, none of the legislators who will be involved in this decision even know that Oak Flat has been withdrawn from mining appropriation for the last 50 years by a Presidential Order.

The Friends of Queen Creek and the Access Fund are working hard to see that any land exchange (if effected) will protect the interests of climbers and will allow continued recreational access to the Oak Flat / Queen Creek area.

Curt


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In an effort to keep all info about this situation to one, concise thread, please post further comment/questions here:

http://www.rockclimbing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=49528

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