FSPR Lecture: Springs of the Sky Islands

SIA_SpringsTalkJoin us on Thursday, November 20, 7 PM for the FSPR Lecture: Springs of the Sky Islands. Learn about the nature of springs, their importance in our region, what threatens them, and how they can be protected in this lecture presented by Carianne Campbell, Landscape Restoraton Program Manager at Sky Islands Alliance. Springs are keystone ecosystems in the Sky Island Region, exert disproportionate influence on surrounding landscapes, and are known to be biodiversity hotspots.  Hear about approaches to management of springs through adaptive planning, as well as recruiting, training and retaining volunteers involved in restoration efforts.

The lecture will take place at 4070 E Avenida Saracino in Hereford (the new BLM San Pedro Project Office on Highway 92 between Ramsey and Carr Canyon Roads). The lecture is free and open to the public.

Volunteer at Fairbank Schoolhouse!

Fairbank Schoolhouse

Fairbank Schoolhouse

It’s so isolated out there! It’s too far! It’s too boring! Those are reasons I hear from volunteers about not working at the Schoolhouse. I find them pretty amazing because I have found the volunteering there to be fascinating, peaceful, and a great learning experience. I have met people from all over the world there, and they all love to talk. It is fun to watch the kids that come in and decide to play school. They are so excited! And the adults are really impressed with our museum displays and our new brochure.   Continue reading

Members Hike to Charleston CANCELLED

The FSPR member-only hike to Charleston that was scheduled for October 18th is CANCELLED.
Richard Bauer, our ace historian and guide, checked out the area and found that the routes we normally use are impassible because of changes to the river and high water.  FSPR will reschedule for this winter when the River is lower and can be crossed without risk.

Ron Stewart
Operations Committee Chairperson/Cultural Docent

Significant contamination not yet detected

On Thursday, September 18, mine water from Cananea, MX was reported to have spilled into the San Pedro River. Although the extent of contamination is not yet known, early unofficial reports indicate that sampling is not detecting significant contamination in the river north of the border.  We have received no official guidance from county, state or federal authorities with regard to potentially contaminated water. Needless to say, common sense dictates while the situation is being assessed and confirmed, it is wise to avoid contact with river water until sampling and authoritative reports indicate that the water is safe to drink and use.

Below you’ll find a report by Weather Nation from Palominas and the Highway 92 bridge over the San Pedro River at flood stage last Thursday. This location is just 4 miles north of the border wall. Here’s the link to the video report:

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152773987604874

In Memory of Lester Mauk

Lester Mauk volunteering for FSPR

Lester Mauk volunteering for FSPR

Lester Mauk passed away at age 86 on Thursday, June 5th, 2014.  Lester was a founding member of the Friends of the San Pedro River way back in 1987. He was committed to the conservation of the river, especially the portion that eventually became the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.  With over 4000 hours of volunteer time at the Friends, he could be found at the San Pedro House most days with tools in hand clearing the trails, chatting with visitors, or manning the onsite book store.  Learn more at the link below.

Lester Mauk Jun 5 2014