Protect Wildlife at Oak Flat
Oak Flat is a beautiful and biodiverse area in the Tonto National Forest. Its high desert lands are home to mountain lions, bobcats, coati, and many other wildlife species. The lands are also sacred for the San Carlos Apache and other Indigenous communities.
HECHO is leading our campaign to protect and safeguard Oak Flat. HECHO stands for Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors which is part of the National Wildlife Federation family and was created to promote Hispanic leadership in conservation policy.
Unfortunately, the wildlife, lands, and Indigenous sites of Oak Flat are threatened by a giant copper mine that would create a crater that is 1,000-feet deep and 1.8 miles wide. The mining would consume more than 250 billion gallons of water in an area that is already suffering from exceptional drought conditions. It would also create 1.4 billion tons of toxic mine tailings that would cover nearly 4,000 acres.
Congress can stop this destructive mine from moving forward so that wildlife, watersheds, and significant Indigenous sites are safeguarded for generations to come.
Please tell your Congressional leaders that they must support the Save Oak Flat From Foreign Mining Act.
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