March 27, 2018 meeting announcement

Pima Natural Resource Conservation District

NRCS Plant Materials Center

3241 N. Romero Road

Tucson, AZ 85705

March 24, 2018

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 March 27, 2018
Time: 12:30 PM
Location:
USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center, 3241 North Romero Road, Tucson, Arizona 85705

AGENDA

I. 12:30 PM Reception

II. 1:00 PM Call to order

III. Pledge of Allegiance

IV. Introductions

V. Educational Presentation by Mary Nichols regarding erosion studies in the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. Mary presents a preliminary inventory of legacy surface-water runoff and erosion-control structures in a semiarid rangeland watershed in southern Arizona.

VI. Short break

VII. Approval of the minutes of February 27, 2018 meeting

VIII. Treasury

a. Financial Report

i. Income/expense statements

ii. Balance statements

b. Approval of Bills

i. Becky Hightower, from State funds

ii. Publishing expenses for election notices $88.29

iii. AACD 2018 Dues $1,200.00

iv. Meeting expenses for 3/27/18

IX. Action Items

X. Big cat resolution

XI. Final Approval & signatures, Long Range Plan

XII. Reports:

a. Program Administrator

i. Newsletter

ii. Other

b. Supervisors

c. Altar Valley Conservation Alliance

d. State Legislators

e. State agencies

f. NRCS

g. BLM

h. Forest Service

i. Other agencies

XIII. Call to the Public

XIV. Adjourn

Dated this day of March 23, 2018

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.

April 11, 2018 Local Work Group meeting announcement

Attached please find a draft agenda for our Local Work Group Meeting to be held on April 11th, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Tucson PMC from 10 am – 12 pm located at 3241 N. Romero Rd in Tucson. If you need directions, please phone 520-989-5625.

The Local Work Group in our area includes the Pima, Santa Cruz and Winkelman NRCD’s. In addition, other professionals who represent relevant agricultural and conservation interests will be invited. Please feel free to pass this notice on to others that you think might be interested. The current contact list is located below.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to give us input, please forward this input to Kristen Egen, District Conservationist at Kristen.egen

We would like at least one representative from each conservation district (Winkelman, Pima, Santa Cruz) at the meeting. The more individuals that can attend, the better input we will have for our Environmental Quality Incentives Program for FY2019.

PIMA, SANTA CRUZ, AND WINKELMAN LOCAL WORK GROUP

PUBLIC INPUT MEETING

APRIL 11, 2018 10 am– 12pm TUCSON PMC CONFERENCE ROOM

PURPOSE:

Provide a forum for the NRCD’s and NRCS to work collaboratively with local conservation stakeholders to strategically identify solutions to natural resource problems. Input gathered from this meeting will be used by NRCS when making decisions on focusing technical and financial assistance.

AGENDA

· Welcome and Introductions

· Introduction to the NRCS’s Conservation Implementation Strategy

· Review of recent applicants and the resource concerns addressed in the Tucson Field Office work area

· Review feedback from CIS submitted and work on changes for FY2019

· Review Local Questions from FY2018 and changes requested for FY2019

· Adjourn

Educational Presentation March 27: Erosion Studies in the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge

Click here to view the meeting agenda for March 27, 2018Altar Valley overview from Baboquivary

On March 27, 2018, the Pima NRCD will host an educational presentation by Dr. Mary Nichols, who has done studies on the historical and current erosion and gullying in the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge.

Mary H. Nichols is a Research Hydraulic Engineer with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Tucson, AZ (since 1991). She has a Ph. D. in Engineering from New Mexico State University. Her research interests include rangeland soil and water conservation practices and their legacy effects on landscapes, the use of high resolution photography in natural resource management, and dryland fluvial geomorphology and landscape evolution.

Current projects include watershed restoration using low-tech rock check dams, quantifying rangeland watershed sediment yields, documenting and interpreting gullies and channel evolution in semiarid watersheds, and the use of ground based lidar for quantifying surface soil erosion processes.