20 March, 2017 18:36

Pima Natural Resource Conservation District

NRCS Plant Materials Center

3241 N. Romero Road

Tucson, AZ 85705

February 20, 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. § 38431.03(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, March 21, 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. Treasury

a. Financial Report

i. Income/expense & balance statements

b. Bills

1

i. Program Administrator invoice

ii. Mary Darling invoice for Ramey contract logistics $500

Regular meeting

VI. Minutes

a. Approval of minutes of meeting of January 24, 2016

VII. Action Items

i.

b. Old business

i. Healthy Lands Initiative Planning

ii. Mexican Wolf genetics study update

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

iii. Wolf 10(j) rule litigation status update

iv. PCCE Plant Guides: sales reports

v. US Border Patrol activities in the Altar Valley

vi. 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.

vii. Jaguar recovery plan update

viii. Jaguar tooth DNA study update

:

c. New Business

Reports:

d. AACD

e. . NRCS

f Other federal agencies

g. . State Natural Resources Department

h. Other State agencies

I. Program Administrator

j. Supervisors

k. Set date for next meeting

IX. Call to the Public

X. Adjourn

Dated this day of February 20, 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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3 March, 2017 23:43

Oklahoma Cattleman Testifies in Washington on Conservation Policy

-said ‘Voluntary’ is key to making programs work for farmers and ranchers

Fifth-generation Oklahoma cattle rancher Chuck Coffey this week testified on behalf of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association regarding the value of voluntary conservation efforts. Coffey testified at the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry’s hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation programs.

"USDA’s conservation programs have been a great asset to cattle producers and it is important that these programs be implemented in a practical, producer friendly, and voluntary manner to ensure that cattlemen can continue to responsibly produce the world’s safest, most nutritious, and affordable protein," said Coffey.

Chuck and his wife, Ruth, operate a cattle ranch in south central Oklahoma, where they own and operate over 30,000 acres of grassland. Chuck said though ranching in south central Oklahoma comes with its fair share of difficulties, by working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to use voluntary conservation programs and apply management practices that enhance their operation, they have been able to keep their operation sustainable even during the drought in 2011 and 2012.

Coffey grazes his cattle with a carefully managed grazing plan developed with the assistance of the NRCS. Through cooperation with state and local agencies, in addition to the development of innovative grazing strategies, Coffey said they have increased perennial grasses on the ranch, improved ground cover, greatly reduced soil erosion, and ensured adequate forage for livestock and wildlife.

"Since our livelihood is made on the land, the utilization of our natural resources, and being good stewards of the land, not only makes good environmental sense, it is fundamental for our industry to remain strong, "said Coffey. "We strive to operate as environmentally friendly as possible, and it is through voluntary conservation programs that ranchers will continue to be proud partners with the government to reach our environmental conservation goals."

As Congress begins the process of developing the next Farm Bill, Coffey stressed ‘voluntary’ is the key to making conservation programs work for farmers and ranchers.

"The biggest point I’d like you to take away from this hearing is that the "voluntary" part of the conservation programs is what really makes it work for ranchers," said Coffey. "If they were to become mandatory, the rules and regulations that farmers and ranchers would be subjected to would make it harder for them to utilize the unique conservation practices that help their individual operations thrive."

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28 February, 2017 01:47

To Whom it May Concern:The Pima NRCD et al. hereby revise comments we submitted earlier in response to the December 20, 2016 Jaguar Draft Recovery Plan. The attached comments have been revised only to add Apache County as a co-submitter. These comments and attachment supersede any comments and attachments we submitted earlier. Attachment 3 has been expanded. Attachment 6c has been added. Attachment 8 has been added. The table of contents in Attachment 0 is updated. All other attachments remain the same as submitted earlier. Attachment 6a will be submitted in a separate email.

All Pima NRCD et al. comments and attachments are now additionally posted online at
http://www.sacpaaz.org/sacpa-actions/endangered-species/jaguar-critical-habitat/sacpa-comments-on-dec-20-2016-usfws-draft-jaguar-recovery-plan/

2017.02.26.0533. PNRCD et al. Jaguar draft recovery plan comments final.compressed.pdf

Attachment 1. 2017.02.18.1216. Jaguar Literature Review.compressed.pdf

Attachment 2. 2017.02.17.1351.DID THE MEN ON CORONADO’S EXPEDITION SEE JAGUARS IN ARIZONA.pdf

Attachment 3. Southern Border Safety and Security Threats.exported.pdf.pdf

Attachment 4. 2017.02.18.1618 .Emil McCain. Macho B.compressed .pdf

Attachment 5. 2017.02.18.1705.AGFD Brown.compressed.pdf

Attachment 6b. Comments submitted in 2012 to 2013.compressed.pdf

Attachment 6c. Pima NRCD 2014.11.05. Predator Depredation of Domestic Livestock.compressedpdf.pdf

Attachment 7. AZGFD CBD $999.99 contract to replace NMDGF habitat map.compressed.pdf

Attachment 8.Apache_County-PNRCD-Jaguar_comment-25 Feb17.compressed.pdf

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23 February, 2017 20:32

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When:
Fri Mar 3, 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Where:
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Environment and Natural Resources (ENR2) Building
University of Arizona
1064 E. Lowell St., Tucson

The presentation will include a background of natural history information on Lepus alleni including the species’ size, distribution, and biology with an emphasis on its status in Altar Valley. Recent and current studies of this animal will be summarized as well as information obtained from Jim Heffelfinger’s Jackkamp. The discussion will conclude with a request for survey volunteers to sample populations on select pastures on the Anvil ranch and Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge.

David E. Brown is a retired AZGFD biologist and adjunct faculty member at the University of Arizona as well as author of numerous books on wildlife and conservation history in Arizona.

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20 January, 2017 17:48

Pima Natural Resource Conservation District

NRCS Plant Materials Center

3241 N. Romero Road

Tucson, AZ 85705

January 20, 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. Nomination of Dennis Parker as FWS Director

vii. Approval for Pima NRCD to pay registration for Supervisors attending the January AACD conference.

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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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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