The Santa Rita Mountains harbor a diversity of wildlife and are also the location of sightings of “El Jefe,” one of the few wild jaguars seen in the U.S. This was one of a number of conservation concerns about the proposed open pit copper mine.

Is the Free Ride Over for America’s Mines?

In the Rosemont copper mine decision, a federal judge upended a long-abused law, sparing a beautiful valley and making way for better protections for public lands.