BLM invites public input on iconic trees

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Photo by James Mahoney

The BLM issued a press release announcing the public comment period on its plans to address the iconic cottonwood trees at San Pedro House.  The BLM has proposed pruning the healthy tree that overhangs San Pedro House and removing the huge, aging cottonwood just to the west.  The Friends of the San Pedro River prefer an alternative in which both trees are pruned and the larger, western tree is left fenced to protect the public and allowed to die naturally.

UPDATE: The arborist’s report and his slide presentation on the trees have been added to the BLM eplanning website where the scoping document is still available. This is your opportunity to provide substantive comments. The deadline has been extended to July 29.  BLM asks that these comments be emailed to: blm_az_tfoweb@blm.gov.  The scoping document describes the type of questions that would inform substantive comments.  According to the BLM announcement:

In order for your comment to be substantive you must include rationale for why the extraordinary circumstance is triggered.

Again, read the scoping document for details on how to comment.  Stay tuned to our FSPR Facebook page for updates.

Finally, Tom Wood of the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (and a former President of the Friends of the San Pedro River) has created an on-line petition to save the trees. “Signing” the online petition is one way to express your opinion and feelings about the cottonwoods at the San Pedro House.

Cottonwoods featured on local radio

Cropped photo by James Mahoney.

Cropped photo by James Mahoney.

The Friday Morning Focus Show featured a discussion about the iconic cottonwood trees at San Pedro House.  The show, hosted by Pat Call, invited FSPR President Robert Weissler to discuss BLM’s plans to address these large, aging trees and public reaction and concern over the possible removal of the oldest one.  Hear the hour-long radio program.

Ranger-led Events at Coronado National Memorial

Coronado National Memorial has announced the return of free, ranger-guided programs in the park. Late winter and early spring are ideal seasons to join park rangers fora hike to explore the natural and cultural history of the park. Mild daytime temperatures ensure comfortable hiking conditions in the park’s oak woodlands and mountainous terrain. All programs are free of charge, and no reservations are necessary.  Check out the calendar of events: www.nps.gov/coro/planyourvisit/calendar.htm.

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FSPR has hired an office manager

FSPR office manager descriptionFSPR is no longer accepting applications and has hired an office manager to be introduced shortly.

The office manager job is a half-time (20 hours/week) position to assist in the daily office management and administrative duties of the organization, provide support to the President of the Board of Directors, schedule docents for regular events, and take the lead planning special events. Position is for one year; employment beyond that period is subject to available funds. Work schedule in the Hereford, AZ office is flexible.  The position is open for hire until filled.  See the complete office manager job description.

Should other positions with FSPR open, you can express interest by sending e-mail to fspr@sanpedroriver.org.