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

ICYMI- 2020 Climate and Drought Outlook for Beef Producers Webinar

Many thanks to the University of Arizona Extension Office for producing the webinar for the Santa Cruz NRCD, and a hat tip to Stephen  Williams for passing along this handy followup information and link to the recorded webinar.


Thank you for attending 2020 Climate and Drought Outlook for Beef Producers Webinar. We hope you enjoyed our event.

A recording of the webinar and a pdf of the PowerPoint presentation are available  at

Please submit your questions or comments to:

Here are links to the resources mentioned in the webinar:

– 2 page PDF with lots of links to drought resources
– Rainfall Index tracker –
– Monsoon precipitation mapping –
– Monsoon station tracker –
– Precipitation Logbook Generator –
– Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI, someone asked about drought indices with wind…)
– Couple of bulletins…

Also, don’t forget that your feedback is valuable to us, please take a few minutes to fill out the evaluation form, which you can find here:

This evaluation should only take 3-5 minutes to complete.

Thank you!

NRCS Conservation District Stakeholder Session webinar and feedback form

NRCS Arizona short
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Public Affairs
230 North First Avenue, Suite 509
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
(602) 280-8780

Stakeholder Session

Conservation Districts

Conservation districts session

Thank you for participating in the Stakeholder Session for Conservation Districts


This session was held exclusively for supervisors and staff of the Natural Resource Conservation Districts and Tribal Conservation Districts of Arizona.

As NRCS’s local conservation partners, established by both Arizona and local Tribal Law, conservation districts play an integral role in the locally led conservation process.

We encourage all conservation districts to review the presentation and submit feedback using the links below.

Participant Information

Click here access the presentation*.

Click here to submit your feedback.


*The information shared in the session is not meant for distribution and is subject to change without notice and should not be construed as a commitment by Arizona NRCS.

NRCS will provide information on the reorganization and how it may affect tribal communities directly through tribal consultation with the Tribes impacted.

Pond Sealing Educational Workshop Nov. 17

Click here to view Nov. 17 Pond sealing workshop Announcement

Pond Sealing Educational Workshop

November 17, 2017

Sponsored by:

Pima Natural Resource Conservation District
Pima Center for Conservation Education, Inc.


Seepage Control, Inc.

Altar Valley Conservation Alliance

Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Department

Pima County Flood Control

Arizona Land and Water Trust


Location: Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Bldg.

3500 West River Road, Tucson, Arizona

Please RSVP to (520) 971-2962 (leave a message if no answer)

-or- email


8:30 AM Sign-in and coffee

9:00 AM Cindy Coping, Chair, Pima NRCD, “ Welcome and Introductions”

9:05 Lou Catallini, NRCS Supervisory Area Engineer, “Proper pond design and sealing materials for NRCS projects”

9:20-9:30 Kristen Egen, NRCS District Conservationist ,“NRCS Payment Rates”

9:35-11:00 Seepage Control presentations, Q&A

Betty Bailey, Seepage Control, Inc., Introductory presentation

Ron Ciardella, Seepage Control, Inc. VP of Field Operations,“Sealing Reid Park ponds”

10 Minute break

11:00-Noon Colby Friar, Pima County Flood Control, “Liners Used at Agua Caliente Park”

12:00-1:00 pm Sack lunch provided (sandwiches, chips, cookies, soft drinks)

Move over to El Rio Preserve (10190 N Coachline Boulevard, Marana, AZ—approx. 15-minute drive)

1 pm- Site visit-El Rio Preserve (10190 N Coachline Boulevard, Marana, AZ)

1:00-1:30 PM Janine Spencer, Town of Marana “Overview of El Rio Project and Riparian Restoration Plan”

1:30-2:30 Ron Ciardella, Seepage Control, Inc., Site Treatment, questions

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”

: 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.