To provide leadership, and encourage collaboration, information sharing and coordinated action for the benefit of conservation in Arizona, to enhance and protect this state’s natural resources.
The partnership will provide a framework for landscape scale conservation, using a collaborate approach that will maintain, restore and enhance Arizona’s economic and environmental quality of life.
At the Arizona Conservation Partnership (ACP) Executive Meeting in January, the Executives established a State Coordinator group to take on the day to day work of the Arizona Conservation Partnership. A GIS team has also been created to help the partnership manage information about partnership projects. The Executives requested an initial map of where each partner was prioritizing their efforts in the state.
The Arizona Conservation Partnership State Coordinators and GIS (Geographic Information System) Team met on March 6th, 2017 at the Arizona Department of Agriculture in Phoenix, AZ to discuss mapping priority areas. They decided to focus the initial mapping on the following ACP priorities that were established by the Executives.
Because the Executives identified watershed health as an overarching priority, each agency was asked to identify the 8-digit watersheds in the state where they are currently focusing one or more of the 6 Executive priorities above. Much more work will be done to provide maps and information about areas where the Arizona Conservation Partnership has opportunities to work together on our highest priority resource needs.
On March 28th, 2017 the Arizona Conservation Partnership Executive group met at the Arizona Department of Agriculture to discuss the next steps for the partnership. The State Coordinator group and GIS Group will meet again April 24, 2017 to continue work on this partnership effort.
At the local level, the Southeast Arizona partnership group will be meeting the first week of April to discuss applying for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). This program allows partnerships to ask for farm bill funding under various programs that can be targeted to their focus area, and their priority resource concerns. The partnerships can ask for funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Security Program (CPS), the Watershed Program authorized under Public Law 566 (PL566) and easement programs. They key to being successful is to have the commitment of partners to help address those resource concerns. There are two proposals being discussed for the southeast area – one for irrigated cropland, and one for rangeland. RCPP proposals are also being considered for areas in Apache, Navajo, and Mohave Counties.
The Apache and Navajo County Arizona Conservation Partnership will meet again April 24th from 11:00- 2:00 at the Springerville NRCS office for the second round of ranking. In the Navajo County area more archaeological clearances and all first round brush control projects have been completed. In the Apache area all planning and archaeological clearances have been completed and some of the first ranked projects have approved NRCS EQUIP contracts. The Water Protection Fund Grant was also obtained to treat 2000 acres of brush management.