In last rush, Trump grants mining and energy firms access to public lands

The Oak Flat area of the Tonto Forest, which is considered sacred by local Native American tribes and appears on the Interior Department’s national register of historic places, Tonto National Forest, east of Phoenix, Dec 18, 2020. Under a Forest Service plan to create a copper mine, much of Oak Flat would be destroyed. (Adriana Zehbrauskas/The New York Times)

In Arizona, the Forest Service is preparing to sign off on the transfer of federal forest land — considered sacred by a neighbouring Native American tribe — to allow construction of one of the nation’s largest copper mines. In Utah, the Interior Department may grant final approval as soon as next week to a team […]