Meeting Place Changed!

The next PNRCD meeting will be held in the Plant Materials Center Library at 1:00 PM on February 23, 2015. 

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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, January 19, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM
USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center Conference Room, 3241 North Romero Road, Tucson, Arizona 85705


  1. Call to order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  • Introductions
  1. Approval of the minutes of November 24, 2015 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. Website domain fee reimbursement $_28.16_____
  • Dennis Parker Fee $2,000.00
  1. Action Items
    1. Archaeological clearances update
    2. BLM Healthy Lands Initiative
    3. Wolf litigation update/
    4. Funding for genetic research/analysis
    5. Jaguar litigation update
    6. 2016 Board of Supervisors election/ nominations/election schedule
    7. AACD conference
  • Reports:
    1. Program Administrator
      1. Newsletter
      2. Other
    2. Altar Valley Conservation Alliance
    3. State Natural Resources Department NRCD Liaison update
    4. State Legislators
    5. State agencies
    6. NRCS
    7. BLM
    8. Forest Service
    9. Other agencies
    10. Supervisors
  • Call to the Public
  1. Executive Session: Routine, Semi-annual Personnel Review
  2. Adjourn

Dated this day of January 8, 2016

Pima Natural Resource Conservation District

Cindy Coping, Chair

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the district at (scroll down to contact form). Requests should be made as early as possible to arrange the accommodation.

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Dust Assessment, Management and Mitigation Conference

University of Arizona, Maricopa Agricultural Center
37860 W. Smith-Enke Road
Maricopa AZ

January 20th  7:30 am to 4:00 pm


Come hear local, regional and national experts discuss key aspects of the dust issue including health and safety concerns, factors impacting dust generation and transport, monitoring systems and mitigation strategies. The conference is free of charge and lunch is provided. Registration is required and can be completed online at:

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2016 AACD Winter Board of Directors & Legislative MeetingINFORMATION

Dear Arizona Conservation District Board Members,

It is IMPORTANT that there is a quorum for the Board of Directors Meeting on the 26th to vote on CRITICAL proposed policy!

Please confirm in an email to Deborrah Smith who is attending for the District as the VOTING member.

It is EXTREMELY important that you make an appointment with your local legislator for the 27th. We need to cover the Capitol with our conservation message and proposed bills.

If you need help making an appointment please let Steve or Deborrah know!

Thanks for your support,
Bill Dunn, President AACD

Steve Barker   (480) 893-7652
Deborrah Smith    (830) 719-5372

Register Now &
Make Your Hotel Reservations
before January 10th, 2016!

PLEASE Make hotel reservations ASAP!!

(Ignore the cut off date listed as December 25th – reservations are available)

Hotel Location:
Hampton Inn & Suites – Gilbert
3265 South Market Street
Gilbert, Arizona 85297

Meeting Location:
Farm Bureau Building
Conference Room
325 S. Higley Road
Gilbert, Arizona 85296

Click on these links to download the registration and agenda or view Legislator contact information.

Registration Form
Draft Agenda
Arizona Legislative – Conservation District Contacts

When: January 26th27th, 2016
Where: AACD Office, AZ Farm Bureau, 325 S. Higley Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85296

Any questions please call Deborrah Smith
(830) 719-5372

Look for more details on our web site

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Non-Lethal Predator Damage Management Workshop

                                    Thursday, February 18, 2016                                                                                             HonDah Casino, Pinetop, AZ

              Co-Sponsored by USDA/APHIS/ Wildlife Services and White                                                    Mountain Apache Tribe

Workshop Objective

To provide information on the science behind non-lethal methods & the practical applications of various non-lethal methods integrated into predator damage management strategies to protect livestock & other property.  Discuss the importance of the non-lethal component of managing predator damage as it relates to resource owners being able to be proactive in managing predation.

8:00-8:30  Registration/Sign-in for Meeting

8:30-8:45  Welcome/Opening Remarks, Mr. Ronnie Lupe, Chairman, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Whiteriver, AZ.

8:45-9:00  Agenda Review & Introductions – Mr. David Bergman, State Director USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services, Phoenix, AZ.

9:00-9:30  “Mexican Wolves and 10 J Rule” – Ms. Sherry Barrett, Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Albuquerque, NM.

9:30-10:00  “Mexican Wolves and Non-Lethal Methods” – Mr. Jeff Dolphin, Mexican Wolf IFTL, AZGFD, Alpine, AZ.

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-11:00 “Using Non-Lethal Methods for Carnivore Management: the Importance of Integrating, Preventing, and Adapting” – Dr. Stewart Breck, Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services/National Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins, CO.

11:00-11:30  “Compensation/Reimbursement” – Mr. Sisto Hernandez, Chair, Co-Existence Council, Whiteriver, AZ.

11:30-12:00  “Range Riders” – Mr. Craig Miller, Senior Southwest Representative, Defenders of Wildlife, Tucson, AZ.

12:00-1:30      Lunch

1:30-2:00  “Improving Preventative Strategies for Predation Management: An Update of On-going Research” – Dr. Stewart Breck, Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services/National Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins, CO.

2:00-2:30 “Review of Livestock Management Practices to Minimize Livestock Depredation by Wolves: Applicability to the Southwest” – Dr. Samuel Smallidge, Cooperative Extension Wildlife Specialist, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, Las Cruces, NM.

2:30-3:00 “Livestock Guard Dogs” – Mr. Daniel Kinka, PhD Candidate, Utah State University, Logan, UT.

3:00-3:30  Break

3:30 -4:00 “Economic Analysis of Indemnity Payments for Wolf Depredation on Cattle in a Wolf Reintroduction Area”.   Mr. Aaron Anderson, Research Economist, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services/National Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins, CO.

4:00-4:30 Blackfoot Challenge

4:30-5:00 Panel discussion, Question & Answer with program speakers

5:00  Wrap-up/End

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Turbo on rock

Happy Holidays!

from all of us at


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Greetings All

– We’re looking forward to great discussions, learning, strategizing, and camaraderie on Thursday and Friday of next week in Tucson and the Altar Valley. We have some great presenters, who will seed the discussion on landowner interests and priorities, and attendees that can help us develop effective strategies, including from the Kyl Center for Water Policy, the Arizona Land and Water Trust, former US Senate policy staff, and others. And thanks to Sarah, Pat, Mary, and all of the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance for their work on the tour. Attached is some background information for one of the Friday afternoon discussion topics.


If you are receiving this via WLA or AVCA, you are invited to your choice of one or all of the components of the discussion/tour. If you have not attended one of these before, we use them to craft conservation-minded landowner input to policies and programs at both the state and national level. Our last convening generated input on improvements to the Endangered Species Act, which we have been using in the Western Governors Association related Initiative and beyond. We look forward to productive discussions and follow-up.


Thanks to those who have already indicated preferences for which meeting/tour components you will be attending. For those of you who have yet to (including presenters), please go to the online system here – – and mark which of the events you’ll be attending. We need head counts for the social, dinner, tour lunches, etc. If you want to eat and have a name tag, please tell us your plans by December 7 (the earlier the better).


If the online system doesn’t work for you, you can also reply to this e-mail with “X”s after any of the events you’ll be attending below and we’ll enter you in the system.

WLA Convening/Tour RSVP

Meeting/Tour Component

Place X if Yes
Thursday Policy Convening (12/10 – 9 am-4pm), including lunch – Radisson
Thursday Dinner (6 pm) – Radisson
Thursday Social (4:30 – 6 pm) – Radisson
Friday Altar Valley Stewardship Tour (9 am – 3:30 pm), including lunch
–          I want to ride with WLA from the Radisson (meet in lobby at 8 am)
–          I will meet the group at 10 am at the Anvil Ranch
Friday Social (5:30 – 7) – Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson
Friday Dinner (7 pm) – Mountain Oyster Club


Thank you for helping us plan and feed you!

–          Kathleen

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2015.11.24. November Draft Minutes

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2015.10.29. Final minutes October 2015

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Western Landowners Alliance Meeting!

Hi all~
AVCA is hosting a tour in the Altar Valley as part of the Western Landowners Alliance Fall Meeting.  Attached is the agenda, with information on how to join the meeting and the social activities.  Hope you’ll be able to join!

To learn more about the Western Landowners Alliance, visit

Let me know if you have any questions, or contact Kathleen Williams (cc’d on this e-mail).
Sarah King
Community Outreach & Education Coordinator
Altar Valley Conservation Alliance
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