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.
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.
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!
Today is one of the biggest events Arizona has ever seen and FSPR gets to be part of it. This isn’t just any event! With YOUR help, we can advocate for protection of the San Pedro River and promote good stewardship!
We need you to help us with these three things:
With your assistance on Arizona Gives Day, we hope to raise more than $2,000 towards a wetlands restoration project! Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/fspraz) so you can join in on this exciting day of giving!
With your support, we can advocate for river protection, provide the equivalent of over $200,000 worth of volunteer labor annually for interpretive educational and recreational events, and engage BLM and community leaders in support of good stewardship for the SPRNCA and the river.
Thank you for your support of the San Pedro River and the Friends!
Ron has surpassed 300 species!! #300 was Common Merganser and #301 was Common Goldeneye. Track Ron Beck’s “Bicycle Big Year” and help support the work of the Friends of the San Pedro River at the same time! Pledge whatever amount per species that you can and follow Ron’s progress on our Facebook page as he surpasses 300 bird species in Cochise County in 2013! YOU can help us reach the $15K match from the Conservation Lands Foundation. Thanks to those of you who have already contributed!!
The video “Our River: A Work in Progress” is available on the Friends’ Channel on YouTube.
Watch a time-lapse video of the river during the monsoon.
With funding from the Cochise Community Foundation and a BLM “Hands on the Land” grant, Mike Foster and the Education Committee have completed the video Cottonwoods: the Largest Trees in Arizona.