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I-11 public comment period begins; six meetings planned for June

Formal environmental process now underway for Nogales-to-Wickenburg corridor

 

With six public meetings scheduled in June and an opportunity for the public to contribute in other ways, Arizonans can help shape the next step in planning for the proposed Interstate 11 as the Arizona Department of Transportation moves ahead on a three-year environmental study for a corridor stretching from Nogales to Wickenburg.

 

Planned as much more than a highway, I-11 is envisioned as a multimodal corridor connecting Arizona with regional and international markets while opening up new opportunities for mobility, trade, job growth and economic competitiveness.

 

ADOT has opened a 45-day comment period allowing Arizonans to provide input on the I-11 study area, a process known as public scoping. It’s an opportunity to ask questions and share comments about topics such as potential locations for the I-11 corridor, environmental considerations, impact on wildlife habitats or cultural resources, and possible opportunities for other transportation modes, such as rail, that may be considered.

 

“The progress on the Interstate 11 study shows ADOT’s commitment to establish a key border-to-border corridor and a trade route with Mexico that will continue our state’s efforts to boost commerce, job growth and economic development,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “We have the support of partner agencies throughout the study corridor who realize the benefits that I-11 can bring in terms of competitiveness, regional and global connections, and business opportunities through this new freight and travel route.”

 

The recommended I-11 corridor would likely follow US 93 from the Hoover Dam bypass bridge south to Wickenburg. The 280-mile corridor that is the focus of the current environmental study begins in Wickenburg and runs west of the Phoenix metropolitan area and then south to the Tucson area and then Nogales.

 

Publishing a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register, as required under the National Environmental Policy Act, kicks off the formal environmental study process, as ADOT works to prepare a Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement to select an I-11 corridor alternative between Nogales and Wickenburg.

 

Six public meetings are scheduled in the study area:

 

Wednesday, June 8

Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center – Dining Room

405 E. Sixth St.

Casa Grande

 

Wednesday, June 15

Buckeye Community Center – Multipurpose Room

201 E. Centre Ave.

Buckeye

 

Tuesday, June 21

Nogales High School – Cafeteria

1905 N. Apache Blvd.

Nogales

 

Wednesday, June 22

Arizona Riverpark Inn

777 W. Cushing St.

Tucson

 

Thursday, June 23

Marana Middle School – Gymnasium

11285 W. Grier Rd.

Marana

 

Wednesday, June 29

Wickenburg Community Center

160 N. Valentine St.

Wickenburg

 

All meetings run from 4 to 6:30 p.m., with presentations beginning at approximately 4:15 p.m. The same information will be presented at each meeting.

 

Those interested in commenting on the study but are unable to attend a public meeting are encouraged to visit the study website at i11study.com/Arizona and complete an online survey. All feedback, questions and comments will be considered part of the study, are entered into the project record and will help shape the proposed I-11 corridor.

 

In March, ADOT, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, launched the three-year study. Until now, a process called pre-scoping has included meetings with federal, state and local governments, resource agencies and planning organizations within the study corridor.

 

The first step in the study is developing an Alternatives Selection Report to assess a wide range of corridor alternatives and options, along with opportunities and constraints. A Draft Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement will evaluate in greater detail a smaller number of corridor alternatives, including segments that may advance as independent improvements or projects. There will be a no-build alterative as well.

 

Input from the public, communities and other stakeholders will contribute to these two reports, as well as a Final Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement that will list a selected corridor alternative.

 

In November 2014, the Arizona and Nevada departments of transportation completed a two-year feasibility study as the first step in the Interstate 11 process. In December 2015, Congress formally designated Interstate 11 from north to south in Arizona through the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. While the designation doesn’t include funding, it does make the corridor eligible for federal funding in the future.

 

During the next three years, the public, communities and other stakeholders will have opportunities to comment through regular meetings, community events and other forums. Right now, comments can be sent to:

 

Interstate 11 Tier 1 EIS Study Team

c/o ADOT Communications

1655 W. Jackson St., Mail Drop 126F

Phoenix, AZ 85007

 

For more information about the I-11 study, visit i11study.com/Arizona.

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Pima Natural Resource Conservation District

NRCS Plant Materials Center

3241 N. Romero Road

Tucson, AZ 85705

 

May 23, 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
  • Vote to move into Executive Session
    1. Executive Session
      1. Discussion of attorney-client privileged documents related to billings and one other attorney-client privileged document.
    2. Introductions
    3. Approval of the minutes of April 26, 2016 meeting
    4. Treasury
      1. Financial Report
        1. Income/expense statements
        2. Balance statements
  • Draft FY 2017 Funding requests for Pima NRCD & PCCE
  1. Draft Plan of Work for 2016-2017
  1. Approval of Bills and payments
    1. Becky Hightower, from State funds $550
  • Action Items
    1. Jaguar critical habitat litigation
      1. Status update
      2. Discussion of alternatives to current course of action
        1. Consideration of future retention of Dennis Parker to review future briefs
        2. retain expert attorney to file amicus brief;
        3. withdraw from litigation
        4. other
      3. Wolf 10(j) rule litigation update
        1. Vote to proceed with or withdraw from litigation
      4. Mexican Wolf genetics study
        1. PNRCD/ECO contract approval
        2. PNRCD/Ramey contract approval
      5. Approval to transmit privileged document to attorney/scholar
      6. Vote regarding potential new contribution to joint litigation funding
      7. Ironwood Forest National Monument monitoring expansion
      8. Local Work Group Planning
        1. set date, location
      9. Proposed boundary change update
      10. Federal overreach letter
      11. Pima County Development Policy-discussion of possible input
  • 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. Set date for next meeting
  2. Call to the Public
  3. Adjourn

Dated this day of May 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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NEWS RELEASE!

Fish and Wildlife Service announces anticipated decisions on Pima County Endangered Species Plan.  Go to current events for full story.

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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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