- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tucson, Ariz. (AP) - The head of the Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona will leave to take a senior position in the Forest Service’s regional office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Arizona Daily Star (https://goo.gl/GTcqs1 ) reports that forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch said Wednesday he’ll leave his current job in Tucson in two months to become a deputy to Regional Forester Calvin Joyner.

While the Coronado National Forest’s supervisor, Upchurch has overseen the Forest Service’s consideration of a proposed copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains.

Rosemont Copper officials and critics of the project disagree on whether the mine would pollute water, harm endangered species and dry up a creek.

Upchurch said he will continue to be involved in the mine issue after he changes jobs.

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