November 29 is here! This is one of the biggest fundraising events of the year in Arizona. Instead of shopping in a mall on Black Friday, we hope you did OptOutside! Now join us today on GivingTuesday!! With YOUR help, we can advocate for protection of the San Pedro River and promote good stewardship!
Many of you have participated in the Ramsey Canyon Christmas Bird Count (RCCBC) in prior years. During the 2013 count, 108 participants documented 147 bird species. We have decided to revive the RCCBC this year, with some changes to past counts.
The 2016 count date will be Friday, December 16th. Karen LeMay will be the point of contact for organizing teams and fielding questions. Please respond directly to Karen LeMay by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (520) 378-3262.
Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) officials did not properly consider the rights of the Bureau of Land Management, namely the federal reserve water right for the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) created by an Act of Congress in 1988, when it gave the go-ahead for a 7,000-home development in Sierra Vista, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
See the article on the appellate ruling (by Howard Fisher of Capitol Media Services) published by the Sierra Vista Herald for further information.
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: email@example.com. 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.
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.
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.
Today, Tuesday, April 5, remember the San Pedro River and what it means to you! Then support the Friends with a generous donation to ensure advocacy remains strong for both good stewardship and river protection.