Don't trade away Oak Flat
An hour east of Phoenix and west of the San Carlos Reservation lays an ecological haven that is not only a sacred site critical for religious freedom, but a recreational Mecca.
Oak Flat Campground was set aside by President Eisenhower for all Americans to enjoy. It and the surrounding lands including Apache Leap, Gaan Canyon, and Queen Creek Canyon, are under siege by two huge foreign mining companies who want to take them from public ownership and destroy them by building a huge mine.
For the past 8 years, these companies have unsuccessfully asked the US Congress to pass legislation giving away these lands. The current bill they are pushing may be heard in the US Senate soon.
If the bill passes, we would lose a priceless piece of our natural and historic heritage and these wealth mining companies would be allowed to wreak unfettered havoc over Oak Flat and the surrounding watershed.
For more information: Arizona Mining Reform Coalition Oak Flat page
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I am joining so many other American citizens and friends from all around the world in asking you to reaffirm President Eisenhower’s decision to forever protect Oak Flat for the enjoyment of all.
In 1955 President Eisenhower ordered the protection of Oak Flat as a haven to be forever enjoyed by everyone as public land. Oak Flat and the surrounding land including Apache Leap, Gaan Canyon, and Queen Creek Canyon are watersheds of critical importance for religious freedom for Native peoples and for the plants and animals that live there. Not only is the Oak Flat watershed critical for life itself and for religious freedom, it is a recreational Mecca for rock climbers, birders, hikers, and many others.
Two huge foreign mining companies are asking Congress to give them these important public lands so that they may have unfettered access to them to destroy by building a huge mine.
Please do not give away or trade Oak Flat. There are ways to mine that don’t trample on our natural and historical heritage. The land exchange bill you are being asked to support is not the answer.