Dutch Nagle Scholarship

The Friends of the San Pedro River will award a two-semester scholarship for tuition and fees (not to exceed $2,800) to a second year, full or part-time student who has a 2.5 GPA or above, is enrolled as a Biology Major at Cochise College, is taking research credits with a Cochise College professor involved with San Pedro River research and is willing to participate in mutually agreed upon volunteer service with the Friends of the San Pedro River.

To apply, complete the application form (.doc) online and submit via email or alternately print and complete it (.pdf) and mail it to the Friends of the San Pedro River postal address. See the form for details.

Online Opportunities for Birders and Nature Lovers

The last several months have seen the cancellation of guided bird and nature walks in our area as well as the cancellation of events such as the Southwest Wings Spring Fling and Summer Festival.  Fortunately, great challenges can also lead to great opportunities.

Accordingly, SWW has commissioned local videographer Mike Foster to create a virtual birding and wildlife tour from the top of the Huachuca Mountains to the San Pedro River, not forgetting Whitewater Draw and other area birding and nature hotspots.  This “Sky Islands” video highlights many of the unique birds and mammals in our area, including the Elegant Trogon.  Please click here to enjoy this 22-minute video.

Another organization offering the opportunity for birders and nature lovers to indulge in their favorite pastimes is the Sky Islands Alliance.  Online volunteers can assist the SIA in identifying the many birds and mammals captured on their Borderlands Wildlife cameras.  To learn more, please click here.

Info on former defense sites in SPRNCA

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been investigating an area of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area that was used during World War II by Fort Huachuca for military training.  This area is identified as the Fort Huachuca Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS).  The Army Corps of Engineers is implementing a Community Education Program that informs visitors about the history of the area, the potential to encounter old military munitions in this area, and the 3Rs of Explosives Safety they can follow to protect themselves and the land.

As part of the Community Education Program, the Army Corps of Engineers has placed informational fact sheets or brochures at the San Pedro House and Fairbank School House for visitors.  They have also provided the Friends of San Pedro River with information that is available on the FSPR website, including the updated fact sheet, brochure on the 3Rs of Explosives Safety and the 3Rs logo, and the link to the Fort Huachuca FUDS website (https://www.spl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Formerly-Used-Defense-Sites/Former-Fort-Huachuca/).

Public Comment Period on Vigneto Section 404 Permit Extended

The Army Corps of Engineers has extended the public comment period on this proposed 29,400 home development near Benson to December 4.

Let your voice be heard!  Send your comments to the Army Corps on the Section 404 permit for Villages at Vigneto by the December 4 deadline.  Comments can be submitted via email to Kathleen.A.Tucker@usace.army.mil.

Your comments should stress the need for a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and a public hearing given the size, scope and impacts of this proposed residential development.

The full text of the public notice can be found here.

Please share this call to action with your friends and other concerned residents.

Weigh in on Army Corps section 404 permit for Vigneto

The US Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on whether to grant the developer of the Villages at Vigneto a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit. The developer El Dorado Benson L.L.C plans to build 29,400 new homes in Benson, Arizona.  See the Public Notice that provides the project purpose, description, mitigation and conditions for the permit from the Army Corps.

Are you concerned about the prospect of groundwater pumping for all these Vigneto homes in Benson near the San Pedro River?  Make your voice be heard!  Send your comments to the Army Corps on the Section 404 permit for Villages at Vigneto by the Nov. 4 deadline.  Comments can be submitted via email to Kathleen.A.Tucker@usace.army.mil.

The following link briefly summarizes the issue:

http://tucson.com/news/local/public-comments-sought-on-re-evaluation-of-benson-area-vigneto/article_1566ff87-0a43-5afe-b796-8f72dcd85d1b.html?utm_medium=social

Your comments should stress the need for a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and a public hearing given the size, scope and impacts of this proposed residential development.

Please share this call to action with your friends and other concerned residents.