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After 11 years, activists & owners still digging into legal battle over Rosemont Mine

A proposal for a massive open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson will be back in court this month as opponents challenge permits for the project, the latest twist in the battle over the Rosemont Mine.... Read more»

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Despite 2016 law, Salt River wild horses remain unmanaged

Every year, thousands of people visit the Salt River to experience the riparian area in the Sonoran Desert. But they'll likely also see piles of horse manure, from wild horses that wildlife experts say is a harmful invasive species.... Read more»1

Western U.S. faces another ‘challenging’ wildfire season

Federal fire officials warned a Senate panel this week that the West should prepare for another “challenging” wildfire season, after a 2017 season that was the most expensive on record in terms of firefighting costs.... Read more»

New lawsuit challenges federal approval of Rosemont Mine

Four Arizona environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit, seeking to overturn a decision by the Forest Service allowing the controversial Rosemont open-pit copper mine to move closer to development south of Tucson.... Read more»

Lawmakers seek solutions as wildfires burn hole in firefighting budget

Agriculture Secretary Perdue and five Western senators, including Sen. Jeff Flake, called for an end to the ongoing underfunding of firefighting efforts that forces Forest Service to shift funds from other needed areas.... Read more»

Firefighters add drone incursions to threats faced in a wildfire

Firefighters battling the Goodwin Fire in central Arizona had to suspend operations twice in one week after drones flew into airspace over the blaze.... Read more»

Feds grant FEMA assistance for Lizard Fire

The federal government will help fund the effort to halt the Lizard Fire, which has burned about 15,000 acres southeast of Tucson. The wildfire showed only moderate activity on Monday, despite a red flag warning issued because of high winds and dry weather, officials said. ... Read more»

Forest Service chief confident on wildfires despite proposed budget cut

The Forest Service faces a $970 million budget cut in 2018, but the agency's chief said he is confident the service will have the resources to battle wildfires next year, although he acknowledged that President Trump’s budget proposes “very difficult reductions in some very important programs.”... Read more»

Rosemont Mine one step closer as Forest Service OKs permit

The controversial Rosemont Copper Mine is one step closer to development after the Forest Service signed off on one of two federal permits needed to begin operating the open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains about 30 miles southeast of Tucson. ... Read more»1

Forest Service: Help find person of interest in Mt. Lemmon wildfire

A man driving a green Ford Explorer is a person of interest in last week's Molino Fire on Mt. Lemmon, officials said. The wildfire, which burned about 50 acres, was connected to recreational target shooting.... Read more»1

San Carlos Apache, environmentalists battle Oak Flat copper mine bid

Oak Flat in Eastern Arizona lies in the midst of an environmental and economic controversy. The San Carlos Apache revere the federally owned land. Environmentalists consider it a sanctuary. Climbers, hikers and campers gravitate there for recreation. And Resolution Copper covets the rich veins of ore running beneath the surface.... Read more»

Workers cite harassment, retaliation in 'toxic' national parks

National Park Service employees continue to suffer from a “toxic” work culture that has allowed for rampant sexual misconduct and a culture of retaliation, park workers told a House committee Thursday.... Read more»

Flagstaff wildfire prevention named among ‘best in class’ for nation

A Flagstaff program that aims to prevent wildfires by thinning the forest surrounding the city was named a national “best in class” Tuesday in a report on use of natural defenses against catastrophes.... Read more»

Forest Service tips for staying safe while hiking in the summer heat

With summer temperatures rising to all-time highs, and humidity staying low, Coronado National Forest is asking visitors to plan their outings accordingly and to use situational awareness.... Read more»

Plan your picnic elsewhere: Bears close Parker Canyon Lake

Several black bears spotted near a Southern Arizona lake have prompted the closure of the recreational area, authorities said. Parker Canyon Lake and Lakeview Campground will remain closed until the bears are trapped and relocated.... Read more»

Borderland wildfire near Nogales now 80% contained

A wildfire burning along the U.S.-Mexico border west of Nogales has consumed about 4,900 acres, but did not spread much this weekend despite the wind and dry conditions, said officials with the Coronado National Forest.... Read more»

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