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.

Vigneto.. Sustainable Groundwater Use?

VignetoCMP_comments_to_Benson_thumbProposed Vigneto Development Plan Must Address Sustainable Groundwater Use

El Dorado Benson LLC recently submitted the Final Community Master Plan for “The Villages at Vigneto” to Benson officials.  One key area of concern is the prospect of large-scale groundwater withdrawals to supply water to the proposed development. We want to ensure that the developer is committed to measures like enhanced recharge of the aquifer and xeriscape landscaping.  And we want to convince Benson officials that now is not the time to become complacent about our precious water resources.

Read the entire letter to the Benson Planning and Zoning Commission.

Does Villages at Vigneto threaten the San Pedro River?

Does the proposed Villages at Vigneto development planned for Benson pose a threat to the San Pedro River? Is groundwater pumping for the planned 27,000+ homes sustainable? Or is this a repeat of unconstrained development like that of California?

Call on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to re-evaluate impacts of this huge, prospective city-sized development that threatens to adversely impact the San Pedro River, a Global Important Bird Area, migration corridor and biodiversity hot spot.  Learn more in the Arizona Daily Star article.

Deadline approaching for comments on SPRNCA RMP alternatives

Help Ensure Good Stewardship in the SPRNCA RMP

Send Comments to BLM by Wednesday, June 10

The deadline for public comments on the Resource Management Plan alternatives is fast approaching. If you care about good stewardship of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, please take the time to send your comments to the Bureau of Land Management.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Tucson

Wednesday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Advance Tickets can be purchased at the Tucson Audubon Nature Shop!: $8
Day Of: $10

At the Loft Cinema

The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection is proud to once again be hosting The Wild and Scenic Film Festival! This event is a collection of films from the annual festival held each January in Nevada City, CA. Wild & Scenic focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet.

Tucson Audubon will have music, local conservation organizations tabling, and a fabulous raffle with unique items from local sponsors. Join them for this memorable and inspiring event! Visit www.sonorandesert.org for more information.

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.

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