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Buckelew Farm & Altar Valley Tour

Friday, October 7, 2016
Join us for pumpkin picking at Buckelew Farm!
We will visit this festive farm, just in time for fall, to pick pumpkins and hear the Buckelew family share their conservation story of partnering with
the Trust and Pima County.We’ll also take a drive through the nearby scenic Altar Valley to view additional working landscapes. We will plan to visit King 98 Ranch (protected in partnership with Pima County as part of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan) and Elkhorn Ranch to learn about their operations and the important conservation projects they have underway.
Read below for details on each of these
unique properties.
(Final agenda subject to change due to ranch operations.)
Buckelew Farm
Most who know of Buckelew Farm know the annual fall pumpkin festival and corn maze just outside of Robles Junction (Three Points) on Highway 86, southwest of Tucson.
Bob Buckelew and his wife Clara purchased this property in 1954 after they had been leasing it for several years to farm cotton. Over the years, Bob and his wife gifted the property to their children, Nick Buckelew and his sisters.
In 2006 the Buckelew family was approached with a very lucrative offer to sell the farm for a housing development. Instead, the Buckelew family approached the Arizona Land and Water Trust and Pima County to save the farm and other grazing lands south of the farm. On October 13, 2006, the County purchased a total of 505 acres with 2004 bond funds, which included 420 acres of mostly irrigated farmland north of Ajo Highway and 85 acres on undeveloped ranch land south of the highway. In addition, a 2,000-acre state grazing lease and 200 acre BLM federal grazing permit came with the property. The Buckelew family kept 9 acres that include a house and other farm related buildings.
Protecting the Buckelew family lands also protects biological resources and habitat for the Swainson’s hawk, Bell’s vireo, western yellow-billed cuckoo, western yellow bat, western burrowing owl, Tucson shovel-nosed snake, and Pima pineapple cactus.

-Pima County (www.pima.gov)

King 98 Ranch
During the late 1800s, a number of homesteads were established in Altar Valley, including the King ranches. The King 98 Ranch was in the King family for three generations, since the turn of the 20th century. Pima County purchased the 4,500-acre King 98 Ranch on March 18, 2005, with 2004 bond funds. The property supports habitat for the California leaf-nosed bat, Swainson’s hawk and Tumamoc globeberry. Portions of the property may provide habitat in the natural dispersal of young cactus ferruginous pygmy-owls when found in the valley. Endangered Pima pineapple cacti have been found on the property and a quarter of the property acquired is designated as an Important Riparian Area by the County.

-Pima County (www.pima.gov)

Elkhorn Ranch
Elkhorn Ranch lies southwest of Tucson, in the foothills of the Baboquivari Mountains. At an altitude of 3,700 feet, the ranch is surrounded by the open Sonoran Desert country of the Altar Valley.
Mule and white-tailed deer, bobcat, mountain lion, javelina, coati and ring-tail cat inhabit the area plus many local and migratory birds.
In 1945, the Miller family ventured south from Montana to establish a winter dude ranch. Charley and Mary Miller and Tom and Anne Miller, the third generation of the Miller family, live and work at Elkhorn year round and enjoy the friendship of many returning guests and crew.
Up until the early 1980s, when drought conditions forced the Millers to decrease the number of livestock on the ranch, cattle were a lively part of the ranch operation. These days, the Millers focus on raising top-notch trail horses, conservation minded land management and ongoing improvement of the ranch, including installation of solar electricity generation facilities in 2012.
The Millers also work with the USDA – Natural Resource Conservation Service to scientifically monitor range vegetation density and diversity and conduct stewardship projects. These practices also support the wildlife and plant biodiversity that thrives here.
Since 1995, the Millers are proud to have worked with neighboring ranchers on management of the 600,000-plus acre Altar Valley watershed via the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance.

-Elkhorn Ranch (http://elkhornranch.com)

Please join us as we visit these important conservation lands, projects made possible through partnerships with the Trust.
 
Lunch and transportation are provided and there is no fee to join us. To reserve a spot, please call us at (520) 577-8564 or email Jill Medlow, Development Coordinator, atjmedlow@alwt.org.
 
Please contact us anytime with questions you may have!
 
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                                                        Pima Natural Resource Conservation District                                                                                               NRCS Plant Materials Center                                                                                                                      3241 N. Romero Road                                                                    Tucson, AZ 85705

              September 26, 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

 

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, August 23, 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

I. Call to order                                                                                                                                         II. Pledge of Allegiance                                                                                                                 III. Introductions                                                                                                                     IV. Approval of the minutes of August 23, 2016 meeting                                                                 V. Treasury                                                                                                                                                      1. Financial Report                                                                                                                                         a. Income/expense statements                                                                                                               b. Balance statements                                                                                                                         2. Ramey invoice                                                                                                                VI. Approval of Bills and payments                                                                                                              1. Becky Hightower, from State funds $550.00                                                                          VII.  Award luncheon for Stuart Bengson                                                                                        VIII. Action Item                                                                                                                                               1. Old business                                                                                                                                               i. Jaguar critical habitat litigation update                                                                                           ii.  Wolf 10(j) rule litigation update plus discussion of OIG report and FWS                                   responses                                                                                                                                            iii. Mexican Wolf genetics study update                                                                                               iv. Ironwood Forest National Monument monitoring expansion update                                       v. Educational workshop                                                                                                                        vi. Death tax regulation update                                                                                                              vii. Ocelot recovery plan                                                                                                            IX. New business                                                                                                                                             i. Unannounced matters to be posted on a future agenda                                                       X. Reports:                                                                                                                                                     a. NRCS                                                                                                                                                       b. State Legislators                                                                                                                                   c. AACD conference                                                                                                                                 d. State Legislators                                                                                                                                   e. Altar Valley Conservation Alliance                                                                                                    f. Program Administrator                                                                                                                           1. Newsletter                                                                                                                                               2. Other                                                                                                                                                    g. State Natural Resources Department NRCD Liaison update                                                      h. Other agencies                                                                                                                                      i. Supervisors                                                                                                                                   XI. Set date for next meeting                                                                                                               XII. Call to the Public                                                                                                                               XIII. Adjourn

Dated this day of September 27, 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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Pima Natural Resource Conservation District

NRCS Plant Materials Center

3241 N. Romero Road

Tucson, AZ 85705

August 22, 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

 

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, August 23, 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.)

AGENA

I. Call to order                                                                                                                                         II. Executive session regarding FY 17 contracts                                                                                 III. Pledge of Allegiance                                                                                                           IV.Introductions                                                                                                                    V. Elections                                                                                                                                                   a. FY 2017-FY 2018 Board Chair (two years)                                                                                     b. FY 2017-FY2018 Treasurer                                                                                              VI. Approval of the minutes of June 28, 2016 meeting                                                               VII. Approval of the minutes of July 18, 2016 teleconference meeting                         VIII. Treasury                                                                                                                                                 a. Financial Report                                                                                                                                        i. Income/expense statements                                                                                                                   1. State funding reduction update                                                                                                     ii. Balance statements                                                                                                                             iii. Ramey invoice                                                                                                                                  b. Approval of Bills and payments                                                                                                             i.  Becky Hightower, from State funds $550.00                                                                                 ii. AACD Dues $1,200.00                                                                                                                       iii. NACD contribution                                                                                                                             iv. Envirothon contribution                                                                                                                   v. NRCWAY contribution                                                                                                                       vi. Litigation funding contribution from District account                                                     XI.    Award Presentation to Stuart Bengson                                                                                        X. Action Items                                                                                                                                                a. Old business                                                                                                                                               i. Jaguar critical habitat litigation update                                                                                           ii. Wolf 10(j) rule litigation update plus discussion of OIG report and FWS                                  responses                                                                                                                                                iii. Mexican Wolf genetics study update                                                                                               iv. Ironwood Forest National Monument monitoring expansion update                                     v. Open Paypal account to facilitate online donations and plant guide sales                               vi. Local workgroup meeting                                                                                                              b. New business                                                                                                                                             i. Financial audit                                                                                                                                       ii. Educational workshop                                                                                                                         iii. Death tax regulation comments                                                                                                       iv. Ocelot recovery plan                                                                                            XI. Reports:                                                                                                                                                       a. NRCS                                                                                                                                                       b. State Legislators                                                                                                                                   c. AACD conference                                                                                                                                 d. State Legislators                                                                                                                                   e. Altar Valley Conservation Alliance                                                                                                   f. Program Administrator                                                                                                                           i. Newsletter                                                                                                                                               ii. Other                                                                                                                                                   g. State Natural Resources Department NRCD Liaison update                                                     h.  Other agencies                                                                                                                                      i.  Supervisors                                                                                                                                            j. Set date for next meeting                                                                                                      XII. Call to the Public                                                                                                                          XIII. Adjourn

Dated this day of August 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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A message from Chris Postel, the Winkelman NRCD Program Administrator–
I need input from the cooperators about what technology they’re using to manage, monitor, etc.
their ranches/farms (land & water) such as security cams, GPS, IPAD apps & Windows apps, etc.
Your responses will be summarized in my presentation, please let me know if you’re identify can be used.
Thanks,
Chris
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CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS

 

WRRC is pleased to announce our 2016 Photo Contest.

 Submission deadline: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

 

Photographers are encouraged to use their imaginations to capture “Growing with Water,” in either urban or rural Arizona settings… flowers to farms, backyard and community gardens to vast agricultural fields, urban landscapes to mountain hideaways, it’s up to you! Get creative with interesting photo perspectives, unique detail shots, fascinating vistas, and people in action.

 

Award Categories

Best in Show

Best of Category “Agriculture”

Best of Category “Nature”

Best of Category “People”

 

Awards and Recognition

The winning photographs will be featured in the Arizona Water Resource newsletter and at the 2017 WRRC Annual Conference on March 28. The winners will also be recognized at the February 2017 Chocolate Fest.

 

10 Runner up photos will be included in a photo presentation to be posted on the WRRC website.

 

completed application and associated paperwork (model release, if applicable) must accompany all photo submissions. The WRRC reserves the right to disqualify incomplete entries.

 

For more information visit our website. 

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

July 15, 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

By TELECONFERENCE

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: Monday, July 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Call-in Number:(641) 715-3200; Participant Access Code: 428633#

AGENDA

  1. Call to order
  2. Treasury
    1. Approval of Bills and payments
      1. Becky Hightower, from State funds $550
      2. Lovitt and Touche corruption insurance, from State funds $359
  • Dr. Rob Ramey (if any invoice is received)
  1. Approve 2015-2016 year end reports and year-end financial statements for Pima NRCD & PCCE (due for submission with ASLD July 20)
  2. Nomination of Supervisors for Appointment
  3. Jaguar critical habitat litigation
    1. Status update
      1. Venue ruling
    2. Wolf 10(j) rule litigation update
    3. Mexican Wolf genetics study update
  • Adjourn

Dated this day of July 11, 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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Office of the Inspector General responds to Congressman Pearce:
At the request of U.S. Congressman Steven Pearce (R-NM), the
Department of Interior’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
investigated numerous allegations of misconduct and mismanagement by
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) staff overseeing the Mexican Gray
Wolf Recovery Program (MGWRP). They found evidence of historical
mismanagement in the program, specifically regarding the actions of a
former coordinator for the Interagency Field Team (IFT) charged with
coordinating the wolf recovery activities of various Federal and State
agencies. They also found concerns about communication between IFT and
the residents of Catron County, NM, which makes up part of the Mexican
gray wolf’s territory in the United States, and about the compensation
of ranchers for livestock depredation by the wolf.

The OIG provided a report of their investigation to the FWS Director
for any action he deems appropriate. The OIG also provided Congressman
Pearce an informational copy.

2016.07.11 OIG Report on Mexican wolf Program

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                       ARIZONA LAND AND WATER TRUST PRESENTS

                        Ranching /Farming into the Future Workshop

 

Solar Options for Sustaining Farms and Ranches

 Tuesday, August 2nd 2016

Cochise College Douglas Campus

4190 West Highway 80

Douglas, AZ 85607

 Agenda

8:30 a.m.   Sign In and Coffee Served                                                                                                       9:00 a.m.   Welcome                                                  Fred Davis                                                                                                                                                  Whitewater Draw NRCD

9:05 a.m.   Tools to Sustain Working Lands      Sharma Torrens,                                                                                                                                        Land & Water Program Mgr.

Arizona Land and Water Trust (ALWT)

9:20 a.m.   Off-Grid Power and Power Storage                            NewGrid Inc.

9:50 a.m.   Grid-tied Solar Power Systems                                Solar Gain Inc.

10:20 a.m. Break

10:25 a.m. Solar Pumping Products and Power Systems           Sun Pumps Inc.

10:55 a.m. Rural Energy for America Program &        Gregg Humphries, Energy                                                                                                                       Coordinator                                           Value-Added Producer Grants                     Robert Mucci, Program Specialist

USDA Rural Development

11:30 a.m. Local Project Examples                                   Fred Davis, Davis                                                                                                                                     Harvey Allen, Allen Ranch

12:00 p.m. Break and Lunch Sponsored by ALWT

1:00 p.m.   Adjourn

There is no registration fee for this workshop. However, please help us in preparing for

the lunch by registering by Friday, July 22nd, 2016. To register, please contact:

 

Scott Wilbor, swilbor@alwt.org OR

Cameron Becker, cbecker@alwt.org

Phone: 520-577-8564

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Pima Natural Resource Conservation Distric

NRCS Plant Materials Center

3241 N. Romero Road

Tucson, AZ 85705

June 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

 

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, May 24, 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 May 24, 2016 meeting
  2. Treasury
    1. Financial Report
      1. Income/expense statements
      2. Balance statements
  • Draft year end reports and financial statements for Pima NRCD & PCCE (due July 20)
  1. Approval of Bills and payments
    1. Becky Hightower, from State funds $550
  2. Approval of FY year end zero out of State account
  1. Action Items
    1. Approve year end reports and year-end financial statements for Pima NRCD and PCCE (due July 20)
    2. Nomination of Supervisors for Appointment-tabled until August
    3. Jaguar critical habitat litigation
      1. Status update
        1. Venue ruling
        2. Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro et al.
        3. Other developments
      2. Wolf 10(j) rule litigation update
      3. Litigation funding contribution-tabled until August
      4. Mexican Wolf genetics study
      5. Ironwood Forest National Monument monitoring expansion
      6. Open Paypal account to facilitate online donations and plant guide sales-tabled
      7. Local Work Group Planning-tabled
  • Reports:
    1. AACD Intern Brooke Phelps
    2. Program Administrator
      1. Newsletter
      2. Other
    3. State Natural Resources Department NRCD Liaison update
    4. State Legislators
    5. NRCS
    6. Other agencies
    7. Supervisors
  • Set date for next meeting
  1. Call to the Public
  2. Adjourn

Dated this day of May 24, 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Whitney Forman-Cook
Whitney-Forman-Cook@nacdnet.org
(202) 595-9139

VOICE OF CONSERVATION HEARD AT HOUSE HEARING ON WILD HORSES

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 – The National Association of Conservation Districts made the voice of conservation heard at a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday on the issue of wild horse and burro overpopulation on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands.
Callie Hendrickson, executive director for the White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts in northwest Colorado, told the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands that excess wild horses and burros have caused considerable ecosystem degradation on the Western range – shrinking available acreage for livestock grazing, complicating native wildlife management, and costing the taxpayers a small fortune.
“The BLM is responsible for the management and protection of public lands,” Hendrickson said in her opening statement. “We appreciate BLM’s verbal commitment to manage healthy horses on healthy range, but there’s a lot of talk with little action that moves us in that direction.”
According to the latest numbers from the agency, there are more than 67,000 wild horses and burros living on BLM land across 10 states today, when by law – the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 – there should be fewer than half of that number.
These feral and non-native horses are suffering because they don’t have any natural predators to cull their herds or enough food or water to keep them healthy at their present numbers. The government has even had to conduct emergency gathers to save horses from dying of dehydration and starvation in the West, Hendrickson testified.
Every year, BLM gathers around 3,500 wild horses and houses them in paddocks on the range – feeding them hay, providing them water, and charging up an annual bill in excess of $50 million. Right now, some 50,000 wild horses are housed in these pens because only a fraction are adopted out (2,631 in 2015) or sold (267 in 2015) to buyers that agree to not sell the animals for slaughter each year.
“Excess horses are devastating the Western rangelands in many locations,” said Hendrickson, who served a three-year term on the BLM’s wild horse and burro advisory board from 2012 to 2014. “Fertility control is a part of the solution, but it will do nothing to keep the land from (degrading) without first removing the excess horses.”
Hendrickson recommended that the House panel provide BLM with direction and additional tools to remove 40,000 excess wild horses and burros from the range. “From the conservation district side of the world, we have looked at every alternative,” she testified. “In order to remove the number of horses that need to be removed off of the range, we need to be able to sell horses with unrestricted sale.”
For more information on wild horse and burro policy, read Hendrickson’s written testimony available here on NACD’s website, watch Wednesday’sHouse oversight hearing here, and check out NACD’s resources on wild horses and burros here.

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The National Association of Conservation Districts is the non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. For more information about NACD, visit: www.nacdnet.org.
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