In 1942, the Arizona State Legislature created 32 Natural Resource Conservation Districts, including the Pima Natural Resource Conservation District. The Districts continue to be governed under Chapter 6 of Title 37 of the Arizona Revised Statutes. The State of Arizona now also recognizes 10 Tribal Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
The Pima Natural Resource Conservation District (District or Pima NRCD) is structured as a hybrid of a state agency funded under the Arizona State Lands Natural Resources Division and as an independent local unit of Arizona government. The District’s Board of Supervisors consists of both elected and Governor-appointed Supervisors. The expertise of Pima NRCD and all other Natural Resource Conservation Districts in Arizona is recognized by Arizona statute 37-1054 (A) as follows:
“This state recognizes the special expertise of the districts in the fields of land, soil, water and natural resources management within the boundaries of the district.”
The District works together with and represents “cooperators,” who are persons having natural resources under their control and who have each voluntarily signed an agreement to pursue soil and water conservation efforts in cooperation with the District.
as defined by the Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S. §37-1001):
To PROVIDE FOR
- Restoration and conservation of lands, water and soil resources
- Preservation of Water Rights
- Control and prevention of soil erosion
- Public Education
- Conserve Natural Resources
- Conserve Wildlife
- Protect the Tax Base
- Protect private, State and federal lands
- Protect and Restore the State’s Rivers, Streams and associated Riparian Habitats
- Including livestock, fish and wildlife dependent on those habitats
IN SUCH MANNER TO PROTECT AND PROMOTE
- Public Health
- Public Safety
- General Public Welfare
Jim Chilton, Chair
Cindy Coping, Vice-Chair
Patricia King, Treasurer
Why become a Pima NRCD District Cooperator? As a local unit of Arizona government, a Natural Resource Conservation District has the unique legal authority to coordinate with individual landowners and with other units of government at the local, state, and federal level to resolve resource management issues. Coordination occurs as equal partners. Federal laws including the National Environmental Policy Act and the Federal Land Planning and Management Act require federal agencies to coordinate with local units of government.
“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 or her control (A.R.S. ‘ 37-1003).
A District cooperator who resides within the District boundaries and is registered to vote in the State of Arizona
a) may vote in biennial Pima NRCD District Supervisor elections,
b) is eligible to run for a Pima NRCD Supervisor office, or
c) is eligible for appointment to the office of Pima NRCD Supervisor.
To become a District cooperator, download and complete the Pima NRCD Cooperative Agreement, sign it and either mail it to:
3241 N. Romero Rd
Tucson, AZ 85705
email it to Pima NRCD at firstname.lastname@example.org