6 January, 2017 01:29

Pima Natural Resource Conservation District

NRCS Plant Materials Center

3241 N. Romero Road

Tucson, AZ 85705

January 5, 2017

NOTICE OF COMBINED PUBLIC MEETING OF

PIMA NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT (PIMA NRCD) BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

And

Pima Center for Conservation Education Board of Directors

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.02, notice is hereby given to the members of the Pima NRCD Board of Supervisors and to the general public that the Pima NRCD Board of Supervisors/PCCE Board of Directors will hold a meeting open to the public.

DATE: February 11, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Oracle Inn Steakhouse & Lounge, 305 E American Ave, Oracle, AZ 85623

Map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Oracle+Inn+Steakhouse+%26+Lounge/@32.6111927,-110.7728743,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x86d61905964cf309:0x62cb8b1451dd9fd!8m2!3d32.6111882!4d-110.7706803

Lunch will be provided. Please courteously RSVP by February 7, if possible, to Chris Postel clerk.wnrcd

AGENDA

I. Call to order

II. Pledge of Allegiance

III. Multi-agency conservation planning workshop
Details:
A vast new conservation opportunity will get underway for southern Arizona’s Natural Resource Conservation Districts (NRCDs), with potential major funding opportunities for our cooperators. A couple of years ago, the Bureau of Land Management made available major funding for landscape scale conservation projects under a program called, the “Arizona Landscape Enhancement Collaborative.” The funding does not need to be spent on BLM land. What they are after is landscape-scale grassland restoration efforts with multi-agency state and federal partners.

The overall goal is to fund several watershed or regional scale projects focused on a particular part of the state. When the program was first announced, Apache NRCD and Navajo County NRCD already had shovel-ready plans put together to restore rangelands invaded by juniper. Their area was funded first. Currently, the ranchers in southeastern Arizona are applying for funds for landscape-scale brush removal to restore grasslands. New partnerships are being put together to restore grasslands in Central Arizona as well.

The Pima, Winkelman, Santa Cruz, Redington, San Pedro, and Tohono O’odham NRCDs are getting ready for the next round of funding for a combined, landscape-scale conservation project as well. First, however, we need the involved NRCD supervisors to form a preliminary strategy and a master plan together with key representatives of other state and federal agencies prioritizing how BLM and other funding should be spent. The goal of this first meeting, therefore, is for a small group of key partner representatives to set the initial framework for action. Once the initial strategy and framework are adequately organized, we may hold future meetings to present the plan framework to cooperators and encourage input and participation. The BLM funding may be eligible for matching NRCS funds. The BLM wants to focus on brush control for grassland restoration.

IV. Adjourn

Dated this day of January 4, 2017
Pima Natural Resource Conservation District

By

Cindy Coping, Chair

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the district at http://pimanrcd.org/agency-contacts/ (scroll down to contact form). Requests should be made as early as possible to arrange the accommodation.

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6 January, 2017 01:29

Pima Natural Resource Conservation District

NRCS Plant Materials Center

3241 N. Romero Road

Tucson, AZ 85705

January 5, 2017

NOTICE OF COMBINED PUBLIC MEETING OF

PIMA NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT (PIMA NRCD) BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

And

Pima Center for Conservation Education Board of Directors (PCCE)

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.02, notice is hereby given to the members of the Pima NRCD Board of Supervisors and to the general public that the Pima NRCD Board of Supervisors/PCCE Board of Directors will hold a meeting open to the public.

As indicated in the agenda, pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.03(A)(1) and/or A.R.S. § 38-431.03(A)(2), the Pima NRCD Board of Supervisors may vote to go into executive session, which will not be open to the public.

DATE: Tuesday, January 24, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM
Location:
NRCS Plant Materials Center, 3241 N. Romero Rd., Tucson

AGENDA

I. Call to order

II. Pledge of Allegiance

III. Introductions

IV. Announcements

V.

VI. Treasury

a. Financial Report

i. Income/expense statements

Regular meeting

VII. Minutes

a. Approval of the minutes of November 29, 2016 meeting

b. Approval of minutes of teleconference meeting of December 21, 2016

VIII. Action Items

a. Old business

i. Wolf 10(j) rule litigation status update

ii. Mexican Wolf genetics study update

1. Update on AZ public records and/or FOIA requests submitted for genetic data

iii. PCCE Plant Guides: sales reports

iv. Discussion of planning and application process for Healthy Lands Initiative funding

b. New business

i. Call to the public for comments relevant to the teleconference of December 21 that was not properly posted. Due to the PNRCD supervisors’ inability to access the website or contact the Program Administrator by email, the teleconference of December 21 at which this authorization was decided, could not be properly posted according to the procedure specified by the Arizona Open Meeting Law. Nonetheless, a timely decision was necessary in order to allow Mr. Parker sufficient time to provide timely comment on the 508-page jaguar recovery plan by the March 20, 2017 deadline. The meeting was timely posted on the website, FriendsofPimaNRCD.wordpress.com, but not at the official Pima NRCD/PCCE website, pimanrcd.org.

Therefore, a new vote on this matter is required by law.

The meeting notice was sent by email with blind carbon copies to at least 28 persons. Two organizations and one individual responded by email, offering contributions to help cover Mr. Parker’s fee. Cochise County Supervisor Richard Searle emailed that Cochise County had authorized Mary Darling to assist with Mr. Parker’s submission of comments. At least one citizen and vested stakeholder, however, was unable to attend because she did not receive notice of the teleconference call-in number. She attempted to text, email, and call Cindy Coping during the teleconference but her efforts were not answered. She also attempted to find the posting on the pnrcd.org website unsuccessfully.

ii. Decision whether to authorize biologist Dennis Parker to submit comments to USFWS on the 508-page jaguar recovery plan, for a fee not to exceed $8,300.

iii. Plan field trip with Senator Jeff Flake’s staff to observe road damage & erosion caused by US Border Patrol activities in the Altar Valley.

iv. Authorize funding not to exceed $10,000 from PCCE and/or District funds to contract a professional geneticist to obtain and analyze tooth core samples from one or two specific jaguars that were killed in Arizona but for which DNA has not been collected, with the specific goal of determining each animal’s geographical origin. Discuss ways to obtain funding from potential outside donors.

v. Public records request to Arizona Game and Fish Department and FOIA to USFWS for existing but as-yet unreported DNA data on various jaguars killed in Arizona.

vi.

IX. Reports:

a. AACD

b. NRCS

c. Other federal agencies

d. State Natural Resources Department

e. Other State agencies

f. Program Administrator

g. Supervisors

h. Set date for next meeting

X. Call to the Public

XI. Adjourn

Dated this day of January 4, 2016

Pima Natural Resource Conservation District/ Pima Center for Conservation Education

By

Cindy Coping, Chair

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the district at http://pimanrcd.org/agency-contacts/ (scroll down to contact form). Requests should be made as early as possible to arrange the accommodation.

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Plant Guide Books

Plant Guide Books are on Sale now!  

For more information please see link below.

pcce-plant-guides-announcement

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November Board Meeting

Pima Natural Resource Conservation District                                                                         NRCS Plant Materials Center                                                                                                         3241 N. Romero Road                                                                                                                   Tucson, AZ 85705                                                                                                                         November 28, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICE OF COMBINED PUBLIC MEETING OF

PIMA NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT (PIMA NRCD) BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

And

Pima Center for Conservation Education Board of Directors (PCCE)

 

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.02, notice is hereby given to the members of the Pima NRCD Board of Supervisors and to the general public that the Pima NRCD Board of Supervisors/PCCE Board of Directors will hold a meeting open to the public.

As indicated in the agenda, pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.03(A)(1) and/or A.R.S. § 38-431.03(A)(2), the Pima NRCD Board of Supervisors may vote to go into executive session, which will not be open to the public.

DATE: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location:
Club 21, 2920 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85705

AGENDA

  1. Call to order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  • Introductions
  1. Announcements
    1. plant guides are available
    2. Comments on APHIS EA on predator control due Dec. 9
    3. Comments on APHIS proposed release of beetles to control Giant Reed due Dec. 8

 

  1. Invocation
  2. Presentation of 2015 Arizona Association of Conservation Districts “Conservation Leadership Award” to the King and Miller Families
  • Presentation of 2016 Arizona Association of Conservation Districts “Conservation Heritage” (Lifetime Achievement Award) to Stuart Bengson
  • Treasury
    1. Financial Report
      1. Income/expense statements
      2. Balance statements
    2. Approval of Bills and payments
      1. Administrative services invoice, from State funds $500.00
      2. Full Lunch tab for award ceremony, District or Ed Center account, approx. $18 per guest, but donations to the PNRCD or PCCE are accepted if fully documented by name, address and amount-Becky Hightower will handle collection and documentation and then turn the record over to Pat King
    3. Lunch

Regular meeting

  1. Approval of the minutes of September 27, 2016 meeting
  2. Action Items
    1. Old business
      1. Wolf 10(j) rule litigation status update
      2. Mexican Wolf genetics study update
        1. Approval of AZ public records and/or FOIA requests for genetic data
  • Jaguar critical habitat litigation update
  1. PCCE Plant Guides: sales reports
  1. New business
    1. Discussion of planning and application process for Healthy Lands Initiative funding

 

  • Reports:
    1. AACD
    2. NRCS
    3. Other federal agencies
    4. State Natural Resources Department
    5. Other State agencies
    6. Program Administrator
    7. Supervisors
    8. Set date for next meeting
  • Call to the Public
  • Adjourn

Dated this day of November 26, 2016

Pima Natural Resource Conservation District/ Pima Center for Conservation Education

By

Cindy Coping, Chair

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the district at http://pimanrcd.org/agency-contacts/ (scroll down to contact form). Requests should be made as early as possible to arrange the accommodation.

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Pima NRCD is holding a luncheon to present:

 the AACD 2016 Lifetime ConservationHeritage award to Stu Bengson 

and the 

AACD 2015 Conservation Leadership Award to the King and Miller families

Please save the date of Tuesday November 29, 2016 on your calendar.  Pima NRCD will meet at noon at Club 21 at 2920 N. Oracle Road in Tucson.

Stuart Bengson is best known for pioneering the science of restoration of mined landscapes. He advanced the field of reclamation of tailing and mined lands at active and inactive mine sites in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Texas, Utah and Montana. He developed successful innovative technologies for drip and micro-sprinkler irrigation, minimal capping of mine wastes for revegetation & dust control, optimum species for reclamation, and implemented mine impact reclamation using livestock and biosolids. He developed and implemented mine reclamation plans and successful ecosystem restoration projects, complete with follow-up monitoring and site sampling.

The King and Miller families founded and continue to provide leadership to the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance for protection of 610,000 acres of Sonoran desert grassland, some of the most biologically rich and ecologically threatened biotic communities in the world.

The award luncheon will be followed by the regular monthly PNRCD board meeting.  The agenda for the meeting is to be announced.  Please RSVP.  Please let others know too!

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Arizona Envirothon

For information on Arizona’s Envirothon please click on the link.

http://www.azenvirothon.org/

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 Pima Natural Resource Conservation District

NRCS Plant Materials Center

3241 N. Romero Road

Tucson, AZ 85705

October 24, 2016

       NOTICE OF COMBINED PUBLIC MEETING

           PIMA NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT (PIMA NRCD) BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

And

                    Pima Center for Conservation Education Board of Directors (PCCE)

 

    Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.02, notice is hereby given to the members of the Pima NRCD Board of Supervisors and to the general public that the Pima NRCD Board of Supervisors/PCCE Board of Directors will hold a meeting open to the public.

As indicated in the agenda, pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.03(A)(1) and/or A.R.S. § 38-431.03(A)(2), the Pima NRCD Board of Supervisors may vote to go into executive session, which will not be open to the public.

DATE: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM
Location:
USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center Conference Room, 3241 North Romero Road, Tucson, Arizona 85705 (If conference room is unavailable, the meeting will be held in the PMC Library, enter on the west side of the main building.)

AGENDA

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Call to order
  3. Vote to enter executive session to discuss attorney-client privileged information regarding jaguar litigation
  4. Introductions
  5. Approval of the minutes of September 27, 2016 meeting Treasury
  6. Financial Report
    1. Income/expense statements
    2. Balance statements
  7. Approval of Bills and payments
    1. Becky Hightower, from State funds $550.00
  8. Action Items
    1. Old business
      1. Jaguar critical habitat litigation
        1. Vote to continue or withdraw
      2. Wolf 10(j) rule litigation status update
  • Mexican Wolf genetics study update
  1. Educational workshop update
  2. Ocelot recovery plan update and discussion of possible future action
  3. Award luncheon for Stuart Bengson update
  1. New business
    1. Request from AACD for PCCE contribution of $3,000 to help fund AACD intern
    2. PCCE Plant Guides
      1. Proposal to restructure wholesale and retail pricing
  • Unannounced matters to be posted on a future agenda
  • Reports:
    1. NRCS
    2. Other federal agencies
    3. State Natural Resources Department NRCD Liaison
    4. Other State agencies
    5. Program Administrator
    6. Supervisors
    7. Set date for next meeting
  1. Call to the Public
  2. Adjourn

Dated this day of October 20, 2016

Pima Natural Resource Conservation District

By
Cindy Coping, Chair

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the district at http://pimanrcd.org/agency-contacts/ (scroll down to contact form). Requests should be made as early as possible to arrange the accommodation.

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Winkelman NRCD Clean Water Plan Meeting, October 25, 2016 at 10 am

by wnrcdclerk

Notice is hereby given to the members of the Winkelman NRCD and to the general public that the Board of Supervisors will host a Clean Water Plan meeting open to the public onOctober 25, 10.

Date: October 25, 2016

Time: 10 am

Location: Central Arizona College, Aravaipa Campus, Room E102

AGENDA:

Call to Order

Clean Water Plan Presentation Info/Action Item

Call to the public

Adjourn

See attachment:

Clean Water Plan Stages – ADEQ.pdf

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