Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

Copper Queen Branch

Bisbee, Arizona, United States

Certified Gold through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
CTSA Reclamation Area
Bat management: CQB
Pollinator Conservation Education Events
Awareness & Community Engagement
Copper Queen Branch Reclamation Activities
Green Infrastructure
Bat Awareness & Engagement Efforts
Awareness & Community Engagement
Reclamation STEM Education Project
Awareness & Community Engagement
About the Program
The Freeport-McMoRan - Copper Queen Branch program is located in Cochise County, Arizona. The team uses reclamation methodologies and best management practices to enhance the post-closure value of the area to wildlife and the community. They also protect and enhance habitat for bats, with a focus on migratory, nectivorous bats. The team provides learners of all ages with opportunities to engage with STEM education through the lens of pollinators and pollinator conservation, increases students’ awareness about of the importance of bats to the region and promotes literacy on conservation biodiversity through topics of mine reclamation and desert ecosystem management. The program also seeks to increase awareness of how reclaimed areas can serve as valuable wildlife habitat.

Practices and Impacts
  • The team maintains the diversity and integrity of the grassland through use of a wildlife-friendly fence, annual monitoring and invasive species mapping.
  • The team supports on-the-ground restoration of regional agave species. They plant agave varieties to bolster populations along the migratory pathway of nectivorous bats that rely on these and other flowering species for food.
  • The team conducts several pollinator education events that staff have implemented. Through these events, the team has engaged students from Cochise Seventh Day Adventist School in Bisbee, and more recently with Paul Huber Middle School in neighboring Douglas, AZ. Activities include pollinator presentations, an agave propagation workshop and subsequent agave planting, a rain/pollinator garden workshop and an on-the-ground rain garden project at PHMS. While each activity varies in scope, they share the common theme of being related to pollinator conservation.
  • The team participates in Bat Week through various activities including student education, an agave propagation workshop and planting a event.
  • The team conducts reclamation tours for the public. Participants discuss water stewardship, plant diversity and wildlife habitats. Staff also discuss the importance of reclamation planning, construction, monitoring, and the value of reclamation land and water to wildlife.