The Arizona Game and Fish Department has reached an "agreement in principle" with Rosemont Copper, said a press release from Arizona Game and Fish.
The agreement states Rosemont would fund, and Game and Fish would implement certain wildlife conservation actions should the Rosemont mine be permitted to advance, the press release said.
These conservation actions are federally required measures to allow the mine activity. It is also designed to protect species monitored at the state level, and would provide for wildlife-related recreational access in the area.
"This agreement provides a range of conservation actions that Rosemont and Game and Fish would work together to implement, should the mine become a reality," said Larry Voyles, director of Game and Fish, in a statement. “We focus our energy and efforts on working to achieve the best results for Arizona and the wildlife resources we manage in trust for the citizens of our state."
A more detailed agreement, negotiated between the department and Rosemont, will be in the works, and will be subject to review and approval by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission at a public meeting, once the Forest Service issues a mine plan of operation permit, the press release said.
The agreement, which took months to prepare, has also been sent to the Coronado National Forest, requesting to include it in the Forest Service's decision process for the mine.
Read the agreement here.