The Coconino NRCD was created in December 1965 and includes roughly half of Coconino County. There are 5,351,106 acres within the NRCD and the boundaries extend from the Colorado River to include Havasu Canyon, west to the Aubrey Cliffs, the entire expanse of the Coconino Plateau, east to the Little Colorado River to the Mogollon Rim within the largest contiguous stands of “Ponderosa Forest” in the world.
Elevation: 2,400 ft at the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon to 12,633 ft on at the San Francisco Peaks
Terrain: Extremely rugged, characterized by deep tributary canyons and washes.
Precipitation: Average 3-40″ from the Mohave to the Alpine Tundra regions
Range is the leading land use in the District with non-federal rangelands making up about 2.6 million acres.
Importance of Ranching
It is generally not realized, or understood, the place ranching has had in preserving the beautiful vistas that we all enjoy in northern Arizona. If it were not for the continued efforts of ranchers and our western heritage, we would not have the “open space” and wildlife that we all treasure. The District works with ranching Cooperators and the Local Working Group to promote productive rangeland management through monitoring, science, and innovation.
Several years ago, Jim Alam, an employee of NRCS and Coconino NRCD Board Supervisor recognized the severe nature and consequences of the noxious weed invasion within the Rio de Flag corridor below the effluent outfall of the Wildcat Hill. Together they began a community supported effort to restore the area and protect Picture Canyon known for it‟s over 700 individual petroglyphs and panels carved in the basalt outcroppings. Several clean-up projects were organized and coordinated with multiple agency involvement. Eventually, the accumulated trash, debris, and old rusting car bodies were removed from the canyon and the water course. The Coconino NRCD has worked with the City of Flagstaff, Coconino County, and the Picture Canyon Core Group, an ad hoc committee dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and protection of this unique natural and cultural site.
Forest Restoration Initiative
Four National Forests in Arizona, the Kaibab, Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves, and Tonto, are actively engaged in a collaborative landscape-scale initiative designed to restore fire-adapted ecosystems in the southwestern region. The Coconino NRCD is an active stakeholder in collaboratively planning and carrying out this landscape-scale restoration of ponderosa pine forests in northern Arizona. The overall goal of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) is to restore the structure, pattern and composition of fire-adapted ecosystems, which will provide fuels reduction, forest health, and wildlife and plant diversity. Doing this while creating sustainable ecosystems and industries.
Willow Bend Environmental Education Center
Our education center mission is to provide education outreach services that build environmental awareness and an ethic of responsible stewardship of our natural and cultural resources. Our goal is to help people make mindful choices that are healthier for themselves, our community, and the planet. We lead by example with our passive-solar, straw-bale education center, as well as by our low-water native gardens.
809 W. Riordan Rd.100-233
Flagstaff, AZ 86004-9766