Current Issue of the River Roundup
Spring 2017 River Roundup Newsletter
In This Issue:
President’s Report… Eagle Scout Project… Cottonwood Pruning… New Docents… BLM Report… Girl Scout Visit… BLM Water Claim… Archaeology Month, Grand Central Mill & Lewis Springs… Hoot Owl… Grand Central Mill… Stagecoaches… Railroads Part 2… Docent Kudos… Hummingbird Banding… Calendar… Members… Contacts
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
On the first of December, 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.
Learn more about the Water Sentinels and other volunteers of the Friends of the San Pedro River in the Sierra Vista Herald article Celebrating Volunteers. And join us, either as a volunteer or by attending one of our walks or other events!
Volunteers test water quality on the river.
Browse the new brochures on our website for information on the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA), the Friends of the San Pedro River, the San Pedro House, the Fairbank Schoolhouse, and the Fairbank Historic Townsite.
The San Pedro River at Fairbank
The San Pedro River is Arizona’s last undammed river. Joe Cook and his colleagues at the Arizona Geological Survey recently mapped the extent of Holocene channel and floodplain alluvium there. This 122-mile map story from the US-Mexico Frontier to Winkelman, Arizona, shows you the San Pedro River Valley as seen through the eyes of a geologist.
View the story map of the San Pedro River!
River Roundup newsletter
The River_Roundup_Spring_2014 edition and Calendar of Events is out!
This edition includes articles about the President’s Award to Chris Long, in memory of volunteers who recently passed away, Clovis people, not to mention our recent film festival, the festival of arts, and Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month Expo and history walks in March.