Is the U.S. Forest Service Really Protecting our Land?

The U.S. Forest Service approved a plan allowing a Canadian mining service to dig into a section of the Santa Rita Mountains, southeast of Tucson which has been overturned by a federal judge.

In fact, this case was only sent to court because of a lawsuit by the following Native American tribes and environmental groups arguing against the decision by the U.S. Forest Service:

Three Native American Tribes:

Environmental Groups:

If these groups would have not stepped in….the U.S. Forest Service would have just allowed this company, Rosemount Mine to come on in…and uproot the land making profits for Canada.

On August 1, the Rosemont Mine  of the company Hudbay Minerals Inc, stated they are planning on appealing this decision and therefore taking this case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Everything has two stories and both sides should have the right to explain the situation. I don’t want to believe that our U.S. Forest Service is making shady deals and there must be significant reason, right?

I’ve spent some time searching the web as to why.

According to the Hudbay Minerals site, the mining company would employ over 500 people who would be making double the amount of wages then the current average in Pima County. Also, this mine would bring in around $350 million in tax revenues.

Which, are great selling aspects for this company…but doesn’t answer the question of why would the U.S. Forest Service agree to this?

In fact, when I go to the U.S. Forest Service website and search for the mining company, the Rosemount Mining and Hudbay Minerals, nothing comes up.

Which…now makes me suspicious.

Therefore I’m left standing here asking, is our U.S. Forest Service really protecting our land and the interest of the people?

Any thoughts? Or further legit information that you know of? I would love to hear them 🙂

One comment

  1. I do not know the details of this deal and this is not a defense of the USFS. It is worth noting that in many cases, the recreation budget and other responsibilities of the USFS has come out of resource extraction. This has been the case for decades. Much of the recreational infrastructure in the National Forests was derived from this form of funding. As environmental concerns have reduced activity like mining and logging, the recreation budget has been reduced to next to nothing. This has certainly been the case out here in Mt. Shasta, where timber sales have died and so has the budget for trail and campground maintenance, let alone building new trails. We as a community have had to compensate to provide alternative funding sources.

    That may not be the case with the Coronado, but it is worth considering that they are really in a rock and a hard place and what needs to change is the funding structure within the Department of Agriculture.

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