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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Opposition to transfer venue filed in jaguar critical habitat case

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Good Morning NRCD,

The Arizona State Land Department recently posted an available position on the State of Arizona’s employment portal, www.azstatejobs.gov.

Three vacancies are currently available for a Range Resource Area Manager (Natural Resources Manager II).  We would be very appreciative if you could share this information with your local offices.

The job posting can be located by clicking here or by visiting www.azstatejobs.gov.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.  Thank you for your help!

 

Monica L. Lobato

Human Resources Manager, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Commissioner’s Office/Human Resources

Arizona State Land Department

1616 West Adams Street

Phoenix, AZ 85007

(602) 542-2629 Office

(602) 364-2058 Fax

https://land.az.gov

 

 

 

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Meet Brooke Phelps

The Arizona Association of Conservation Districts is very please to introduce you to Brooke Phelps who has just been contracted as our Communications Intern.

Brooke recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Agricultural Technology Management and Education Leadership, with a Ag Communication Emphasis.

Brooke will be working to update our web and email based communication efforts – web pages, facebook and other social media, newsletters etc.  She will also be helping us promote our new Arizona Conservation Partnership Effort and the work of our Education Centers.

She needs your help!

  • If your Conservation District or Education Center has activities, articles, or other information that Brooke can use in a monthly newsletter, or on facebook, please provide that to her.
  • If there are agency updates or activities that the Conservation District supervisors need to know about, please let her know.
  • If you would like her to attend your Conservation District meeting, please send her the date, location and time of the meeting.

Please make her feel welcome, and help us teach her what Arizona Conservation Districts are all about.

Brooke Phelps
aacdphelps@gmail.com
520-668-3348

 

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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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