The latest press release on the Rosemont Copper project from the USFS is at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coronado/ ... RDB5444954
. It announces a comment period, only for those who have previously filed objections..
From our point of view what is informative is the Draft Record of Decision (link at at http://www.rosemonteis.us/final-eis
). That PDF document describes the decision (allowing to the project, with provisions) and illustrates the boundaries of the project (page 27 of the draft decision, figure ROD-3, "Road changes under the selected action."
As expected, forest road 4053 (the Box Canyon launch road) will be broken at the perimiter fence. It is shown in the figure as status "Open Authorized Restricted (OAR)" which basically means there will be a gate through which only authorized personnel and equipment can pass. This is consistent with the proposal that the Rosemont project officials made to SAHGA representatives to allow SAHGA members access to the closed portion of the hang gliding launch road with some training and advanced notification requirements.
While, as previously noted, we have no legally enforcable right to use the closed portion of the road, there is reason to be hopeful that Rosemont officials will honor their prior committment to allow access.