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45-mile walk shows solidarity against Arizona mine on land tribes consider sacred

Activists took part in the fifth annual walk to protest the proposed Resolution Copper Mine slated for land that the San Carlos Apache tribe calls sacred. ... Read more»

Hold your horses: Planned Tonto Forest roundup delayed to September

The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday it has put a planned roundup of up to 100 horses in the Tonto National Forest on hold until September, when Congress returns from recess.... Read more»

Video: Bobcat released after healing from car strike

A bobcat who was hit and stuck in the grill of a car bounded back into the wild after being released following treatment, and Arizona officials released a short video clip of the cat darting off into the desert.... Read more»1

Wildlife experts making campsites safer after 2012 bear attacks

After the Payson area saw three black bear attacks last year, officials are rolling out a Bear Aware campaign. It includes bear-proof storage containers and tips for keeping bears from visiting campsites. ... Read more»

Opponents still fighting Pinto Creek mine after two decades

Despite an appeals court ruling three years ago, copper mining continues at the Carlota Mine at Pinto Creek, near Globe. "The regulatory bodies just ignored the ruling and allowed them to go right ahead and destroy the area," one opponent said.... Read more»

Off-roading could be allowed in Tonto National Forest

Rather than continuing to discourage off-road vehicle riders from leaving sanctioned roads, the U.S. Forest Service has proposed opening hundreds of miles of “user-generated” paths to recreational users. ... Read more»

Feds unveil national forest planning rules

The U.S. Forest Service unveiled new planning rules Thursday that it said will emphasize the protection of forest and watersheds while maintaining and creating forest-industry jobs.... Read more»

Small Tonto Forest fish barrier could have large impact on ecology

Non-native aquatic species such as crayfish, mosquitofish and bullfrogs may threaten the ecological balance in the Tonto National Forest, leading the Salt River Project to construct a barrier on Lime Creek to prevent them from traveling farther upstream.... Read more»

Resolution Copper

Apache leaders: Spirits, acorns make land proposed for copper mine sacred

A land swap in the Tonto National Forest is pitting Apache leaders who say the area is sacred against supporters of a proposed copper mine that would create jobs.... Read more»7

Back from the brink

Threatened leopard frog hops toward milestone

Under the shade of soaring Ponderosa pines, a young frog wriggles free from a man's hand and swims across a muddy pool. "There he goes – number 10,000," says Mike Sredl, who coordinates the Arizona Game and Fish Department's effort to restore the Chiricahua leopard frog.... Read more»