The bill aims to trade 5,344 acres of Resolution Copper lands in exchange for 2,400 acres from the Tonto National Forest. Roughly 1,200 acres of the Resolution Copper land would become part of the National Forest System, and the other 4,200 acres would become conservation areas overseen by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
The most controversial piece of the bill is the granting of “special use permits” by the U.S. government to Resolution Copper so they can mine under Apache Leap — a historical site of great importance to the Apache people. H.R. 687 includes several clauses that require the U.S. government and Resolution Copper to hold consultations with affected Indian Tribes and locals, but such discussions are not required to take place before the bill passes.
Other details of the bill include rules of the appraisal, in other words, the rules for valuing the land being exchanged.