The Trump Administration has issued an Executive Order calling for “review” of national monuments – starting with Bears Ears National Monument – to determine whether or redraw boundaries, reduce protections or even rescind designation for our most diverse and inclusive national monuments.
Since the Antiquities Act went into effect in 1906, millions of acres of environmentally, culturally, and historically important lands in the US have been protected for the enjoyment of generations to come. Without the constant vigilance of groups such as the Conservation Lands Foundation, there is a very real possibility that these lands could be removed from protected status.
Locally, the Conservation Lands Foundation has provided direct support to the Friends of the San Pedro River by funding the Executive Director position for two years and development of our strategic plan. This is a chance to reward their support of us by helping to protect our National Conservation Lands including the Bears Ears!
Please consider acting now to help protect Bears Ears by clicking here to submit a public comment. The comment period is only open until May 26, so please act quickly.
If you wish to make a donation to defend our national monuments, you may click here to make a contribution to the Conservation Lands Foundation to help them continue the fight to protect our national lands.
Check out our May events flyer for a list of upcoming events!
Check out our April Events flyer for a complete listing of events!
We are planning a walk to Charleston Cemetery on April 1. The walk will be lead by docent Richard Bauer. Due to the fragile nature of the site and the difficulty in reaching it, we are limiting participation to 20 people, members only. Members may bring one guest if they wish.
The walk will depart from the Charleston Bridge parking area at 9 a.m. The walk is approximately 3 to 3.5 miles round trip and will involve some bushwhacking and uneven terrain. Participants will need to be prepared for the weather with hats, sunscreen, and plenty of water.
If you are interested in this walk, please send an email to email@example.com. Remember, this is for members only plus one guest, limited to 20 people.
Check out our February events flyer for a complete listing of events!
November 29 is here! This is one of the biggest fundraising events of the year in Arizona. Instead of shopping in a mall on Black Friday, we hope you did OptOutside! Now join us today on GivingTuesday!! With YOUR help, we can advocate for protection of the San Pedro River and promote good stewardship!
Many of you have participated in the Ramsey Canyon Christmas Bird Count (RCCBC) in prior years. During the 2013 count, 108 participants documented 147 bird species. We have decided to revive the RCCBC this year, with some changes to past counts.
The 2016 count date will be Friday, December 16th. Karen LeMay will be the point of contact for organizing teams and fielding questions. Please respond directly to Karen LeMay by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (520) 378-3262.
We have learned that the Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area is without sufficient funds to pump enough water to provide protection for the Sandhill Cranes that call WWD home for the winter. Many of our members will be concerned about Whitewater Draw and the Sandhill Cranes, so we are forwarding this request for donations. The Tucson office of the Arizona Game and Fish Department has created a special account to help mitigate this problem. This is a first for the AZGF and illustrates how dire the situation is.
If you can help with a donation, just access the donation form, print it out, complete and sign the form, and mail it with your check. Please mark only the first box, Whitewater Draw Groundwater Pumping and Habitat Maintenance, to be sure your donation goes directly to the groundwater pumping effort. When you send in your checks make sure you note on the envelope and on the check: ATTENTION, CINDY PEREZ.
A donation of $100 automatically enters you into a drawing for a two night stay at Battiste Bed, Breakfast, and Birds, good through 2017, based on availability. A donation for every multiple of $100 will give you more chances to win. For example, a $500 donation equals five chances!!!
Thanks to our good friends Tony and Julie Battiste for alerting us to this situation and for their generous offer of a chance to stay at their beautiful bed and breakfast.
And in other news…..
SAVE THE DATE: We understand that the Bureau of Land Management might hold a public scoping meeting on January 10, 2017 about the Environmental Assessment for the cottonwoods at San Pedro House. We’ll provide more details when we have them.
Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) officials did not properly consider the rights of the Bureau of Land Management, namely the federal reserve water right for the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) created by an Act of Congress in 1988, when it gave the go-ahead for a 7,000-home development in Sierra Vista, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
See the article on the appellate ruling (by Howard Fisher of Capitol Media Services) published by the Sierra Vista Herald for further information.