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

April 25, 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

 

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: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM
Location:
USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center Conference Room, 3241 North Romero Road, Tucson, Arizona 85705

AGENDA

  1. Call to order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  • Introductions
  1. Approval of the minutes of March 22, 2016 meeting
  2. Treasury
    1. Financial Report
      1. Income/expense statements
      2. Balance statements
    2. Approval of Bills and payments
      1. Becky Hightower, from State funds $550
      2. Reimbursement of payment for Website $83.88
    3. Action Items
      1. Contribution of $1,000 from State, District or Ed Center account to Altar Valley Conservation Alliance for planning facilitator
      2. Archaeological clearances update
      3. Wolf litigation update/
      4. Wolf genetics study
      5. Jaguar litigation update
      6. 2016 Board of Supervisors election update
      7. Local Work Group Planning
        1. set date
      8. Desert tortoise
      9. Proposed boundary change update
      10. Federal overreach letter
  • Reports:
    1. Program Administrator
      1. Newsletter
      2. Other
    2. State Natural Resources Department NRCD Liaison update
    3. State Legislators
    4. State agencies
    5. NRCS
    6. BLM
    7. Forest Service
    8. Other agencies
    9. Supervisors
  • Call to the Public
  1. Adjourn                                                                                                                               Dated this day of April 22, 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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NOTICE OF PIMA NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT 2016 SUPERVISOR ELECTION

 

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of the Natural Resource Conservation Districts Law of the State of Arizona, an election for the purpose of electing a Supervisor for the Pima Natural Resource Conservation District will be held on Saturday, the 7th day of May 2016, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., at the polling place listed below:

1978 W Placita Colima

Tucson, Arizona 85704

 

The following two terms are to be filled by election on May 7, 2016:

New 6-year Elective Term To Expire May 31, 2022

Fulfillment of vacated Elective Term to Expire May 31, 2018

 

A candidate for Supervisor of the Pima Natural Resource Conservation District must reside within the District. Nomination Petitions may be obtained from the District Board of Supervisors. Completed write in petitions must be filed at least 30 days prior to the election, and regular nomination petitions submitted at least 10 days prior to the election with the Natural Resource Conservation Commissioner of the State Land Department, 1616 West Adams, Phoenix, Arizona 85007.

 

“The governing body of the District may provide a mail ballot to a qualified District Elector for which it has a first class mailing address with the District governing body at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the election. Qualified District electors who receive ballots I proper form from the District governing body may cast their votes by mail.” (A.R.S. 37-1051) To be counted, completed mail ballots must be received by the District Election Board before the closing of the poll on election day.

 

If a qualified District elector wishes to vote by mail, the elector’s request for a mail ballot must be made timely and in writing to the address given below.

 

QUALIFIED DISTRICT ELECTOR:

“Qualified elector” means a person who is a District cooperator and a qualified elector of the state. “District Cooperator” means any person who has entered into a cooperative agreement with the District for the purpose of protecting, conserving and practicing wise use of the natural resources under his control (A.R.S. ‘ 37-1003). A person who is not already a District cooperator may obtain a cooperative agreement form from the Board of Supervisors of the District.

 

PIMA NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT

3241 North Romero Road

Tucson, Arizona 85705

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Get Involved With Arizona Envirothon!

NRCD Representatives – Would you like an opportunity to see first-hand how the financial support of NRCD’s throughout Arizona benefits the students and teachers served by the Arizona Envirothon program?  What better way than to volunteer as a judge during the 2016 competition.

Arizona Envirothon is seeking volunteers forSaturday, April 9 to be judges at its 2016 competition in Peoria, AZ (Lake Pleasant Desert Outdoor Center) and we would like to offer you the opportunity to be a part of this unique and valuable program.

First Round Judges are needed from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Lunch, refreshments and an Envirothon t-shirt will be provided.

As you are aware, Envirothon is a natural resource education program for high school students.  Students from high schools throughout Arizona form 5 member teams to compete in this hands-on outdoor competition.  They must demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and problem solving skills in resource areas including agriculture, aquatic ecology, forestry, soils and land use, wildlife and a current issue topic.  The 2016 current issue topic will focus on “Invasive Species: A Challenge to the Environment, Economy and Society”

To insure a worthwhile competition, judges with diverse backgrounds are needed for the oral presentation portion of the competition.  Teams will be presented with a scenario related to the current issue topic for which they must develop a viable management solution.  Teams then present their management solutions to a panel of judges who will rate them based on Envirothon’s scoring criteria.

Significant awards are provided to top winning teams as well as an expense paid trip for the first place team to compete at the National Conservation Foundation Envirothon (formally known as North American Envirothon).

Please contact Rodney Held, AZ Envirothon Chair at 480-250-8786, or via e-mail:azenvirothon@gmail.com for more information.

Background – Since 1997, the Envirothon program has reached thousands of high students across Arizona and has challenged them to explore basic science concepts, increase their awareness of natural systems and explore natural resource career options with professionals employed in the field.  In addition, the Envirothon program develops important critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and communications skills in participants.

Teachers see the Envirothon program as a way to celebrate and encourage students’ interest in the environment and as an opportunity to build fundamental skills.  Envirothon alumni have identified the program as a formative experience which resulted in their decision to pursue schooling and careers in the natural resources sector.  The program provides a unique opportunity for students to be a part of a larger network that celebrates youth interest in the environment and to experience new ideas, perspectives, and cultures throughout North America.

Perhaps most importantly, the Envirothon is a unique and valuable program because it puts sustainability in the minds of today’s youth.  Participating in the program enables youth to be more confident, knowledgeable, articulate, and collaborative – skills that are vital in making a sustainable future a reality. The Envirothon program is playing a major role in buildingtomorrow’s green leaders.

Thank you so much!!

Rodney Held, Chair
Arizona Envirothon
P.O. Box 1248
Phoenix, AZ 85001
480-250-8786
www.azenvirothon.org

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The following analysis is written by the American Stewards of Liberty regarding the new Resource management Planning Rule proposed by the BLM.  Please click to view.

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Please click below to view PNRCD’s request for comment.

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Pima Natural Resource Conservation District

NRCS Plant Materials Center

3241 N. Romero Road

Tucson, AZ 85705

March 21, 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

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: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM
Location:
USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center LIBRARY, 3241 North Romero Road, Tucson, Arizona 85705

AGENDA

  1. Call to order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  • Introductions
  1. Approval of the minutes of February 22, 2016 meeting
  2. Treasury
    1. Financial Report
      1. Income/expense statements
      2. Balance statements
  • Ed Center banking changes
  1. Approval of Bills and payments
    1. Becky Hightower, from State funds $550
    2. Coronado RC&D dues, $150
  2. Action Items
    1. Proposal presentation by Mary Miller, Altar Valley Conservation Alliance
    2. Contribution of $1,000 from State, District or Ed Center account to Altar Valley Conservation Alliance for planning facilitator
    3. Archaeological clearances update
    4. Wolf litigation update/
    5. Jaguar litigation update
    6. 2016 Board of Supervisors election update & paperwork session
      1. Supervisor Stu Bengson resignation
      2. Supervisor Appointment of Jonathan DuHamel (signatures required)
  • Write-in candidate forms submission
  1. Discussion of who is running for which elected position
  2. Election officer oaths
  1. Local Work Group Planning
  • New Business
    1. Bureau of Land Management proposed planning regulations (comments due 4/26)
    2. USFWS proposed mitigation rule (comments due May 9, 2016)
    3. NRCWAY event student recruitment
    4. Proposed boundary change for Pima NRCD
    5. Becky Hightower to NACD boot camp
    6. Interstate 11 corridor EIS
    7. Consideration of 2.0 Coalition membership
    8. Allocation of funding to support ASL’s comments
  • Reports:
    1. Program Administrator
      1. Newsletter
      2. Other
    2. State Natural Resources Department NRCD Liaison update
    3. State Legislators
    4. State agencies
    5. NRCS
    6. BLM
    7. Forest Service
    8. Other agencies
    9. Supervisors
  1. Call to the Public
  2. Adjourn

Dated this day of February 19, 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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Natural Resource Conservation Workshop for Arizona Youth

Click Here to see the flyer/application for information about the Natural Resource Conservation Workshop for Arizona Youth (NRCWAY for short). This is a week-long camp for kids entering grades 8-12 in the fall, and is at the James 4-H Camp between Prescott and Jerome (on Mingus Mountain).

The dates of the camp are July 25-29, 2016 and the cost is only $150.00 per student – WHAT A DEAL!!!

 This camp is sponsored by the Arizona Section, Society for Range Management, U of A Cooperative Extension, and 4-H Youth Development.

The camp has a pond for fishing and swimming, a ball field, and other recreational amenities. Campers get to experience hands-on activities related to natural resources, and learn directly from professionals who are invited guests.

The purpose of the camp is youth outreach, and to give them insight into a career in natural resources. 

 If you have, or know a kid that might be interested, please pass along this flyer to them.

The deadline for applications is May 1st so there is plenty of time!

 

Last year the camp didn’t occur, because not enough campers registered, so let’s get the word out this year.

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Pima Natural Resource Conservation District

NRCS Plant Materials Center

3241 N. Romero Road

Tucson, AZ 85705

March 1, 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

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: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM
Location:
USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center LIBRARY, 3241 North Romero Road, Tucson, Arizona 85705

AGENDA

  1. Call to order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  • Introductions
  1. Approval of the minutes of February 22, 2016 meeting
  2. Treasury
    1. Financial Report
      1. Income/expense statements
      2. Balance statements
  • Ed Center banking changes
  1. Approval of Bills and payments
    1. Becky Hightower, from State funds $550
    2. Coronado RC&D dues, $150
  2. Action Items
    1. Proposal presentation by Mary Miller, Altar Valley Conservation Alliance
    2. Contribution of $1,000 from State, District or Ed Center account to Altar Valley Conservation Alliance for planning facilitator
    3. Archaeological clearances update
    4. Wolf litigation update/
    5. Jaguar litigation update
    6. 2016 Board of Supervisors election update & paperwork session
      1. Supervisor Stu Bengson resignation
      2. Supervisor Appointment of Jonathan DuHamel (signatures required)
  • Write-in candidate forms submission
  1. Discussion of who is running for which elected position
  2. Election officer oaths
  1. Local Work Group Planning
  • Reports:
    1. Program Administrator
      1. Newsletter
      2. Other
    2. State Natural Resources Department NRCD Liaison update
    3. State Legislators
    4. State agencies
    5. NRCS
    6. BLM
    7. Forest Service
    8. Other agencies
    9. Supervisors
  • Call to the Public
  1. Adjourn

Dated this day of February 19, 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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AZ FarmBill_CSP

 

Conservation Stewardship Program

 

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns.  Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance-the higher the performance, the higher the payment.

 

Benefits

Through CSP, participants take additional steps to improve the resource conditions on their land-including soil, air and habitat quality, water quality and quantity, and energy conservation.

CSP provides two types of payments through five-year contracts: annual payments for installing new conservation activities and maintaining existing practices; and supplemental payments for adopting a resource-conserving crop rotation.  Producers may be able to renew a contract if they have successfully fulfilled the initial contract and agree to achieve additional conservation objectives.  Payments are made soon as practical after October 1 of each fiscal year for contract activities installed and maintained in the previous year.

 

Eligibility

Eligible lands include private and Tribal agricultural lands, cropland, grassland, pastureland, rangeland, and nonindustrial private forest land.  CSP is available to all producers, regardless of operation size or type of crops produced, in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Caribbean and Pacific Island areas.  Applicants may include individuals, legal entities, joint operations or Indian tribes that meet the stewardship threshold for at least two priority resource concerns when they apply.  They must also agree to meet or exceed the stewardship threshold for at least one additional priority resource concern by the end of the contract.

Producers must have the effective control of the land for the term of the proposed contract.  Contracts include all eligible land in the agricultural operation.

Additional restrictions and program requirements may apply.

 

How to Apply

Visit your local USDA Service Center to apply or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted

 

More Information

For more information visit your local USDA Service Center or www.nrcs.usda.gov/farmbill

 

Find Your Local USDA Service Center

http://offices.usda.gov

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AZ FarmBill_CSP

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Pima Natural Resource Conservation District

NRCS Plant Materials Center

3241 N. Romero Road

Tucson, AZ 85705

February 19, 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

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: Monday, February 22, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM
Location:
USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center LIBRARY, 3241 North Romero Road, Tucson, Arizona 85705

AGENDA

  1. Call to order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  • Introductions
  1. Approval of the minutes of January 19, 2016 meeting
  2. Treasury
    1. Financial Report
      1. Income/expense statements
      2. Balance statements
  • Ed Center banking changes
  1. Approval of Bills and payments
    1. Becky Hightower, from State funds $550
    2. Cindy Coping, AACD conference registration, $75
  2. Action Items
    1. Proposal presentation by Mary Miller, Altar Valley Conservation Alliance
    2. Archaeological clearances update
    3. BLM Healthy Lands Initiative
    4. Wolf litigation update/
    5. Jaguar litigation update
    6. 2016 Board of Supervisors election update
    7. Local Work Group Schedule & Planning
  • Reports:
    1. Program Administrator
      1. Newsletter
      2. Other
    2. State Natural Resources Department NRCD Liaison update
    3. State Legislators
    4. State agencies
    5. NRCS
    6. BLM
    7. Forest Service
    8. Other agencies
    9. Supervisors
  • Call to the Public
  1. Adjourn

Dated this day of February 19, 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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