BLM’s Outcome-Based Grazing Allows Flexible Management on Public Land

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BLM’s Outcome-Based Grazing Allows Flexible Management on Public Land

By Public Lands Council September 26, 2017 | 11:37 am EDT

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today launched a demonstration program allowing stakeholders in the grazing community an opportunity to achieve rangeland health goals on public land while allowing greater flexibility in livestock management decisions. The program focuses on responsive outcome-based grazing on public lands.

Six to twelve “Outcome-Based Grazing Authorizations” will be identified by the BLM in the first 12 months, and the selected permittees will participate in the demonstration program. Participants will actively implement a responsive grazing management plan to achieve habitat and vegetation goals on public land. The program will examine the effectiveness of a more flexible approach to livestock grazing on public land.

“Previously, ranchers have been held to a process and prescription method that tells them how to manage their land,” said Dave Eliason, Utah rancher and president of the Public Lands Council (PLC). “It’s irrational to think government officials can make a more informed decision than those who live and work on the land. When responsive management decisions fall into the hands of those who best understand it, the land, animals, and ecosystem thrive.”

Craig Uden said the cattle industry is pleased by the Trump Administration’s push to support grazing on public land, and stressed the value of shared stewardship and trust that is established through this program.

“The livestock industry is thankful for the leadership of Secretary Zinke in establishing a demonstration program that allows flexibility in the ability to manage conditions on the ground,” said Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). “This decision ensures our public lands are managed in an efficient and sustainable way.”

The announcement of this program coincides with the execution of a new Cooperative Monitoring Memorandum of Understanding between the Public Lands Council and the BLM during PLC’s annual meeting in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Permittees, Lessees, rangeland ecologists, and other stakeholders are eligible for the program. Interested participants should contact their local BLM office. Project proposals will be accepted through Oct. 13. For more information, visit www.blm.gov.

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Announcement for meeting September 26, 2017

Pima Natural Resource Conservation District

NRCS Plant Materials Center

3241 N. Romero Road

Tucson, AZ 85705

September 23, 2017

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, September 26, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM

Location: LIBRARY at USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center, 3241 North Romero Road, Tucson, Arizona 85705

AGENDA

I. Call to order

II. Pledge of Allegiance

III. Introductions

IV. Approval of the minutes of July 18, 2017 and August 25, 2017 teleconferences

V. Treasury

a. Financial Report

i. Income/expense statements

ii. Balance statements

b. Group photos with our award from Coalition of Counties, sign thank-you card c. Approval of Bills

i. Becky Hightower invoices: Administrative Services and office supplies

ii. Envirothon FY 2018 Contribution $500 budget approval

iii. NRCWAY FY 2018 Contribution $600 budget approval

iv. ACGA invoice for Mexican wolf comments

VI. Action Items

a. Old business

i. Wolf litigation update

ii. Jaguar litigation update

iii. Comment submissions on Pima Pineapple Cactus & other listed species

iv. Educational workshops

1. Pond sealing

2. Range Nutrition – Nov. 2

3. Desert tortoise Best Mgmt Practices- experts suggest August monsoon season timeframe with field trip

v. Discuss ESA reform

b. New business

i. Mexican wolf DNA study –Go/No go discussion on proceeding with Phase II or Phase III as proposed by Dr. Ramey in January 2016

ii. Plant guide sales update; RC&D offer of guides

iii. New supervisor recruitment

iv. Set dates for October, November meetings: suggestion is to meet October 14 immediately after the SACPA meeting. VII. Reports:

a. NRCS

b. Other agencies

c. Altar Valley Conservation Alliance

d. Program Administrator

i. Newsletter

ii. Other

e. Supervisors

VIII. Call to the Public

IX. Adjourn

Dated this day of September 23, 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 https://pimanrcd.org/agency-contacts/ (scroll down to contact form). Requests should be made as early as possible to arrange the accommodation

Range Beef Cattle Workshop November 2, 2017

Range Beef Cattle Workshop November 2, 2017

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, the Marley Endowment for Sustainable Rangeland Stewardship, and the Pima Natural Resource Conservation District present:

“Genomics, Herd Health, and Range Cow Efficiency”


Date
: November 2, 2017, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Location: Santa Rita Ranch, 8200 E Box Canyon Road, Green Valley, AZ

 

Click here to download the flyer.

Notice of teleconference August 25, 2017

Pima Natural Resource Conservation District

NRCS Plant Materials Center

3241 N. Romero Road

Tucson, AZ 85705

August 24, 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 teleconference meeting open to the public.

DATE: August 25, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

Tele-Conference Dial-in Number: (641) 715-3200
Participant Access Code: 428633#

AGENDA

I. Call to order

II. Introductions

III. Announcements

a. Award

b. Stay on topic

IV. Review financial statements

a. Approve Program Administrator invoice $500.00 (State account)

V. Discuss pond sealing workshop

VI. Discuss NACD Regional meeting

VII. Discuss draft Pima Pineapple Cactus Recovery plan

VIII. Review Ramey et al. (2017) Mexican wolf DNA report, discuss what to do next

IX. Contribution to fund Economic analysis of AZ beef industry

X. Discuss commenting on Draft Mexican wolf recovery plan, possible contribution to comments by Norm James

XI. Agency reports

XII. Supervisor reports

XIII. Adjourn

Dated this day of August 24, 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 https://pimanrcd.org/agency-contacts/ (scroll down to contact form). Requests should be made as early as possible to arrange the accommodation.

Beware of SAM scammers posturing as the government

Warning

SAM (System for Award Management) numbers are required by entities for NRCS Programs. Receiving a number and renewing a number has no fee associated. The website is Sam.gov If you received a notice to renew, you may also be receiving solicitations from other private companies charging a fee. No fee is needed. These private companies often say they will expedite the number. There is no need for this. Your number will expire annually and can be renewed simply by going to Sam.gov and clicking through the renewal screens. If you allow it to expire, it will take longer. Should you need further assistance, please contact your local NRCS office as we have an employee who is well versed in this.

Kristen Egen
District Conservationist

NRCS Tucson Field Office

3241 N Romero Rd

Tucson AZ 85705

520-292-2999 ext 105

Cell 520-471-1845

Fax 855-848-4340

Meeting notice for July 18, 2017

Pima Natural Resource Conservation District

NRCS Plant Materials Center

3241 N. Romero Road

Tucson, AZ 86705

July 16, 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: July 18, 2017

Time: 12:00 NOON

Tele-Conference Dial-in-Number: (641) 715-3200

Participant Access Code: 428633#

AGENDA

I. Call to order

II. Approve PNRCD and PCCE GY 2017 Annual Reports

III. Approve PNRCD and PCEE FY 2017 Financial Statements

IV. Litigation fund contribution to AZ/NM Coalition of Counties

V. Approve up to $15,000 to fund Mexican wolf genetics analysis (Ed Center and District accounts) and discuss fundraising

VI. Approve Program Administrator’s June Invoice of $500.00

VII. Call to the public

VIII. Adjourn

Dated this day of July 16, 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 https://pimanrcd.org/agency-contacts/ (scroll down to contact form). Requests should be made as early as possible to arrange the accommodation.