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Posted by
Rob Marshall
on Oct 01 2010

Draft ecosystem management plan for Aravaipa Canyon released

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a draft plan for public comment on management of the 70,000 Aravaipa Canyon area in southeastern Arizona. Long known as one of the region’s premier desert river and canyon system, the area is jointly managed by the BLM and the Nature Conservancy.

Development of the plan was a collaborative effort among BLM, Arizona Game & Fish Department, and the Conservancy. The plan’s goals focus on restoration and maintenance of the Canyon’s ecosystems and identifying limits to use and development to ensure long-term health of the area. Conservancy staff members, Dale Turner and Mark Haberstich, worked on the plan with BLM and Arizona Game and Fish Department.

The draft Aravaipa Canyon Ecosystem Management Plan can be viewed at BLM's website.


Posted by
Rob Marshall
on Sep 29 2010

Cheryl Lombard honored for public policy leadership

"Being recognized by the Arizona Capitol Times is a tremendous honor for Cheryl and well deserved,” said Patrick Graham, state director for the Conservancy in Arizona. "She’s worked tirelessly to bring together various interests and find the common ground to conserve Arizona’s most important lands and rivers. Her work will benefit both people and nature for generations to come."

"She’s worked tirelessly to bring together various interests and find the common ground to conserve Arizona’s most important lands and rivers. Her work will benefit both people and nature for generations to come."
- Pat Graham, State Director

As government relations director, Lombard works with government officials, interest groups and local communities to shape and promote policies that ensure abundant fresh water, clean air, wild spaces and plentiful wildlife remain essential parts of Arizona for future generations. Most recently, the Conservancy worked with the Arizona Legislature to pass off-highway vehicle protections, important water funding and protections while leading state trust land reform.

The Arizona Capitol Time’s Leaders of the Year in Public Policy began in 2007 to recognize excellence in several categories including education, health care, transportation and the environment. This year’s ceremony featured Keynote Speaker Aaron Brown, former CNN anchor and current Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism at Arizona State University. Governor Jan Brewer, Senate President Robert Burns, House Speaker Kirk Adams and Senate Majority Whip Steve Pierce also gave remarks.


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