Sonoran Desert Tortoise Best Practices Workshop August 31, 2021

Sonoran Desert Tortoise (Gopherus morafkai) Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is planning to revisit the listing decision for the Sonoran Desert tortoise.
What can we do?
The Winkelman NRCD and the Arizona Association of Conservation Districts worked with federal and state agencies several years ago to come up with Best Management Practices for Grazing in Sonoran Desert tortoise habitat.  Nearly 3/4 of Arizona is in that habitat.
In case you missed the Winkelman NRCD’s educational workshop on July 21, you have another chance to attend this important training.
On Tuesday, August 31st, 2021, the Pima Natural Resource Conservation District/Pima Center for Conservation Education will conduct a training session on those Best management Practices to certify area ranchers and satisfy one of the agreements we made with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  By doing this, we will in effect keep grazing from being considered a threat to the tortoise if it is subsequently listed.
Do your part!  Attend the training! Take two hours from one day and help yourself and your industry! Agenda: 2021-08-31-PNRCD SDT Workshop agenda
28851 S Nogales Hwy, Amado, AZ  (Exit 48 on I-19)
Tuesday, August 31st from 1:00-3:00 PM 

Please  RSVP to Chris Postel so we’ll know how many to expect. 

Chris Postel
Pima NRCD Clerk
520-220-1221 cell

Board of Supervisors
Pima NRCD/Pima Center for Conservation Education

Did you receive an usolicited packet of seeds in the mail?


packet of seeds, mail envelope, and planting instructions

photo of mail envelope and seed packet

Photos: Minnesota Department of Agriculture  











Do not plant seeds of unknown origin.






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1688 W. Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

(602) 542-4293 FAX (602) 542-4290


NEWS RELEASE DATE:   July 27, 2020

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Unsolicited Seeds from China

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is aware that people across the county have received unsolicited packages of seed from China in recent days including many in Arizona.

APHIS is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection and State departments of agriculture including the Arizona Department of Agriculture to prevent the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protect U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds.

Please do not discard the unsolicited package of seeds received in the mail.  Anyone in Arizona who receives an unsolicited package of seeds from China should immediately send or drop off the package to one of the following locations:

Arizona Department of Agriculture


1688 W. Adams

Phoenix, AZ  85007

(P) 602-542-0992

(F) 602-542-1004

Tucson Operations 

Arizona Department of Agriculture

Plant Services Division

400 W Congress Ste. 124

Tucson, Az.  85701

(P) 520-628-6314

(F) 520-628-6961

Yuma Operations 

Arizona Department of Agriculture

Plant Services Division 

1931 S. Arizona Avenue Suite 4

Yuma, AZ 85364

(P) 928-341-1758

(F) 928-341-1750