"Leave These Mountains Alone" is a song opposing an enormous open pit copper mine. It is a song of protest against the proposed Rosemont Copper Project, a massive open pit copper mine in the beautiful Santa Rita Mountains in southern Arizona. The proposed mine is located in an urbanizing region of nearly one million persons and situated, as the crow flies, only approximately 10 or 12 miles from the city limits of Tucson, Arizona. It is much too close to a major city.
The song depicts many strands of potential jeopardy to the environment; to public health and safety in air and water through potential contamination of watersheds, and windswept fine particulate toxic dust in air; potential jeopardy to critical wildlife habitat; and impact on regional economy including ranches, farms and other businesses, large and small.
It reflects potential despoilment of beauty, integrity and character of an important region that should be protected from mining and not made captive to an outdated 1872 Mining Law.
The demand for copper in our modern lives and technology should not mean that mining should or must take place wherever deposits may be found. Regions of special significance such as the Santa Rita Mountains should be protected from mining and preserved in legacy for future generations.
Sarah Barchas: Singer-Songwriter of words and music, guitar, harmony.
Roger King: Recording engineer, RKM Productions in Tucson, bass, harmony.
Rebecca Barchas: Photographer of cover photograph viewed from State Scenic Highway 83.
Elizabeth Gething: Gething Design, Baltimore, MD, for artistic graphic design lay-out .
To those organizations and individuals who have given voice, effort, expertise and dedication to help protect the beautiful Santa Rita Mountains and other special and significant places from destructive impacts of mining. Key regions of
environmental/ecological sensitivity, human health jeopardy, and cultural/historic resources need and deserve protection from mining.
Note: Monetary proceeds received from digital downloads of this song will be used by the artist as donations to send to organizations that support this cause. For more information on the proposed mine, contact Save the Scenic Santa Ritas (SSSR), or Mountain Empire Action Alliance (MEAA), or Sonoran Institute, or Sky Island Alliance, or Center for Biological Diversity.
Sarah Barchas is singer-songwriter, was teacher and school librarian for over 30 years, and has been an Arizona rancher for 55 years. She is an ardent advocate for stewardship of land and open spaces, for living in harmony with nature and wildlife, and realizing ranchers are in a position to be and live as true environmentalists. Her ranch is in close proximity to the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine Project and she has grave concerns about potential impacts to health and safety of people, wildlife and domestic animals in ranching and agriculture in the rural areas around the proposed mine and the real jeopardy to health and safety of children and infants, elderly, pregnant women, and those persons in the Tucson metropolis as well as rural areas with preexisting conditions or susceptibility to respiratory, cardiac, or compromised immune system problems who could be severely impacted in health effects from the proposed open pit copper mine.
Sarah's mother, Cecile Barchas, in her mid-nineties said of the proposed mine, "We have to try to stop it, or people in the future will ask, "How could they let that happen?" Even in her '90's and legally blind, this wise mother had the foresight and insight to see with her inner eye the potential destructive impact on legacy that would likely follow.
Other conservation songs by Sarah Barchas available for download:
"Living With The Land" (Prologue or Finale) from Living With the Land:Songs of Ranch Life.
"If I Don't Take Care of the Land" from Living With the Land: Songs of Ranch Life.
"Does It Matter?" from Seeds of Song Through Time.
"Reflections on Feeding the Birds" from A Whisper In Time.