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Meeting seeks input to protect 3,700 acres of Hassayampa River corridor from mining

Federal land managers want to hear from you about a proposal to protect nearly 4,000 acres of Prescott National Forest from mining for the next 20 years.

The Bureau of Land Management is holding a public meeting late next month to review a plan put forward by the Forest Service to protect 3,739 acres of land along the Hassayampa River.

The river’s corridor provides habitat to the endangered Mexican spotted owl, Cooper’s hawks and other species. And it sits near an active mining area.

Officials want to protect the land, what they call a withdrawal, for 20 years, protecting it from new mining.

The meeting will be Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Prescott Public Library, 215 E Goodwin St., Prescott, AZ 86303. A notice is expected to be published in the Federal Register on Jan. 23.

Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.