The cross-country walk is over, but the work has just begun. We left our home on May 29 and experienced nearly 3 months of incredible walking through our country. Our arrival at Oak Flat on August 20 was an experience we will never forget. We encourage others to do their part to help save this special place, whether that means organizing a walk for awareness in your community or visiting Oak Flat in person. If you’re new to to Oak Flat issue, read below and check out our FAQ section to learn more. Thank you.
We walked 1000 miles from Bainbridge Island, Washington to Oak Flat, Arizona to spread the word about a piece of National Forest land the government has given to a foreign mining company. Whether you’re an advocate for the environment, religious freedom, or protecting public lands, there are so many reasons to join us in opposing this mine.
In December 2014 the U.S. government gave 2400 acres of National Forest land in Arizona to one of the biggest mining companies in the world, Resolution Copper (an Australian/British conglomerate.) Resolution Copper plans to mine the area using a process called block caving which will destroy many Apache sacred sites, a unique desert riparian ecosystem, and prime recreational bouldering areas.
Oak Flat Campground, a property of the USDA National Forest Service, will no longer exist if the mine is built. The San Carlos Apache Tribe, local residents, and visitors from around the the world are now occupying the campground, vowing not to let Resolution Copper take the land.
It’s unconscionable that a place sacred to the indigenous people of our land is under threat – again – and we want everyone to know; so that this piece of land doesn’t just turn to rubble without anyone knowing until after the fact.
You can take action by checking out our “How You Can Help” page. Thank you for helping to keep our National Forests available to everyone.
Sally and Emma