Support the river in the New Year!

This year has been an eventful one as the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) reached a significant milestone, namely the 30th Anniversary of the Arizona-Idaho Conservation Act of 1988 that created it.  We celebrated that milestone in November with FSPR founders, members, volunteers and with BLM staff past and present down at San Pedro House.

Let’s start 2019 with the same resolve to support the river!  Please consider a year-end gift to the Friends of the San Pedro River to support our education program, our docent-led interpretive walks, and our volunteer trail maintenance and clean-up events.

[If you already recently gave, please accept our heartfelt thanks!]

There are many ways to give.  Besides the PayPal donate button and the Razoo/Mighty Cause donate button, you can shop at Amazon Smile and Amazon donates to FSPR.  Or shop at Fry’s (sign up for organization # II206 to give to FSPR through Fry’s Community Rewards program).  Or donate for a personalized brick in our Dedication Walkway at San Pedro House by completing and mailing the application.  And we always appreciate the time donated by our many dedicated volunteers – Contact us to get involved!

We are grateful for all your support.  Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year!!

Summer 2018 River Roundup Is Here!

Here’s what’s happening!

Summer 2018 Newsletter

In this issue: President’s Report… August Work Day… Board Election & Annual Meeting… St David Birding with Tucson Audubon… 30th SPRNCA Anniversary… June Work Day… BLM Draft Resource Management Plan Comments Sought… SPH Signage… Volunteer & Staff Kudos… Service Ethic… Members… Calendar… ContactsMembers… Calendar… Contacts

List of volunteer services for VSA form

New! In order to complete the revised BLM Volunteer Service Agreement form (also available in hardcopy) for fiscal year 2019 starting October 1, 2018, volunteers should check each of the boxes listing the services they plan to provide during the course of the year.  The volunteer roles associated with those services are described in the pages below:

Help Us Celebrate 30 Years of Conservation!

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Arizona-Idaho Conservation Act of 1988 that created the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA). The SPRNCA protects almost 57,000 acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management adjoining 40 miles of the San Pedro River from the international border to St. David.  The 30th Anniversary of the SPRNCA is a time to reflect on the success of river protection and good stewardship for the past three decades, while looking forward to the next thirty years and beyond.
 
To commemorate this occasion, the Friends of the San Pedro River and the Bureau of Land Management are planning a celebration at the San Pedro House on Saturday, November 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.  Speakers will include former US House Representative Jim Kolbe, former BLM Arizona State Director Dean Bibles, representatives from the Bureau of Land Management, and the Friends of the San Pedro River.  YOU are invited to join us!
 
Please click here to submit your RSVP on-line.  We would appreciate your response by November 9th to help us plan for seating and parking.

More grazing in SPRNCA? Still time to comment on draft RMP!

How to submit comments on draft SPRNCA Resource Management Plan 
Help us protect the river and celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA).  Submit your substantive comments on the draft RMP to the Bureau of Land Management during the public comment period that ends September 27, 2018.  [In the row for SPRNCA DRMP Vol1, click on the Comment on Document button.]  Use the guide linked here to help you craft your comments.

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Join Tucson Audubon on the San Pedro

Join Tucson Audubon Society for two events in September:

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More grazing, hunting in SPRNCA?

Attend the Public Meeting in Sierra Vista August 22!

BLM will host another public meeting on the draft RMP at 5:30pm Wednesday, August 22 at the Sierra Vista Police Department.  This is an opportunity to voice your concerns about BLM’s plan to open more areas in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area to grazing and hunting.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released the draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area with a 90 day comment period.  Major changes from the current management approach include increased grazing.

The Friends of the San Pedro River has reviewed the draft and shared our position on the FSPR website.  To begin your own review, you can access the document online. Public input will shape the final plan.

Public meetings on the draft RMP are scheduled for:

  • Aug. 8, 5:30-7 p.m., Benson Fire Department Station 71, 375 E. 7th Street, Benson, Arizona
  • Aug. 22, 5:30-7 p.m., Sierra Vista Police Department, 911 N. Coronado Drive, Sierra Vista, Arizona  (Meeting attendees should use the lobby entrance to access the room)
  • Aug. 23, 5:30-7 p.m., Pima Community College, 401 N. Bonita Ave., Tucson, Arizona

Public input will shape the final plan, and we strongly encourage you to attend one of the public meetings to learn more about the draft RMP and voice your concerns and suggestions.