Arizona Association of Conservation Districts & Bureau of Land Management are hosting the second of several ‘Field Onsite Listening Sessions’.
These sessions are designed to get first-hand perspectives from stakeholders about the kinds of conservation projects being implemented and discuss how a cultural resource Programmatic Agreement (PA) might be able to help address any issues, and streamline the cultural resource process.
The goal of the PA is to identify common sense programmatic approaches that will ensure timely and cost-effective implementation of critical conservation work, while preserving Arizona’s rich history and traditions, and our important cultural resources.
‘Field Onsite Listening Sessions’ will include a field tour to look at the types of treatments, including vegetation treatments, fencing, pipelines, etc. They are designed to help the programmatic agreement core team, steering committee and stakeholders understand the need for and applicability of the PA, and what types of activities to consider including in the PA.
‘Field Onsite Listening Session’ Triangle NRCD Wednesday, September 26, 2018
10 a.m. – Tom Ritter’s Ranch
Directions: We will meet at Tom Ritter’s ranch headquarters at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 26th. To get to the ranch headquarters, go to Kirkland, AZ and turn west following County Road 15 for about 6 miles. The ranch headquarters are on the right side, just past highway marker 32. Look for a barn and ranch house with posted signs. Please bring a sack lunch and water.
Field Onsite Listening Session’ Fredonia NRCD Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Noon- Meet at Jacob Canyon Junction Fredonia, AZ
RSVP REQUIRED: Brent.Mackelprang@andeavor.com
Directions: Turn South off of SR-89A at mile post 608 onto Forest Service Road 22, Energy Fuels Office on right side after you turn, go approx. 17 miles on paved hwy to FS Rd 422A, turn left and go approx. 2.5 miles to Jacob Canyon Junction. We will meet at the junction at Noon on the 9th of October. This tour is being hosted by Fredonia NRCD.
Lunch provided by Fredonia NRCD, but you must RSVP to Brent.Mackelprang@andeavor.com
Upcoming ‘Field Onsite Listening Sessions’:
● Coconino NRCD – around the Flagstaff area
● Hereford NRCD – in Cochise County
● San Pedro NRCD – north of Benson along the San Pedro River.
The Arizona Conservation Partnership is facilitating a working group to identify common sense programmatic approaches that will ensure timely and cost-effective implementation of critical conservation work, while preserving Arizona’s rich history and traditions, and our important cultural resources.
The goal of the Arizona Conservation Partnership Programmatic Agreement (Conservation PA) is to identify common sense programmatic approaches that will ensure timely and cost-effective implementation of critical conservation work, while preserving Arizona’s rich history and traditions, and our important cultural resources. This AACD effort, with the support of Arizona’s State Historic Preservation Officer, and funding support from the BLM, will bring together key agricultural producers, state and field level agency staff, NEPA specialists, tribal representatives, and archeologists to help identify issues and solutions.
Over the last few years, cultural resource compliance issues and concerns have resulted in significant delays and the loss of millions of dollars in available funding for conservation work in Arizona. A significant percentage of the agricultural producers and private landowners are now choosing to do their projects without financial assistance to avoid excessive cultural resource costs and delays. That means fewer projects can get done, and Arizona loses millions of dollars a year that benefit rural communities.
The objective of this effort is to develop, and then execute, a Section 106 Programmatic Agreement (PA) pursuant to 36 CFR 800.14(b)(1)(i) for when effects on historic properties are similar and repetitive or are multi-State or regional in scope. This is a federal undertaking for which the BLM is serving as the lead for Section 106 purposes. Further, it is intended that this PA will allow State agencies to meet certain responsibilities required by the Arizona State Historic Preservation Act.
The Conservation PA is intended to cover future undertakings that involve vegetation and range management. It is intended that activities covered will at a minimum include hand treatments, biological treatments, chemical treatments, mechanical treatments, prescribed fire, and range improvements such as water lines, dirt tanks, drinkers, wells, corrals and holding pens, fencing, cattle guards, and grazing permit renewals.
Initial objectives for the PA were identified during the Steering Committee Kick-Off meeting and are presented below.