Fredonia

The Fredonia NRCD was organized on June 17, 1943. Its boundaries include the area south of the Utah/Arizona State line and east of the Hurricane Cliffs, South to the Colorado River, following the river back to the Arizona/Utah border. This area is within both Mohave and Coconino Counties. It encompasses approximately 3,068,875 acres.

Physical Features

Elevation: 1,250 ft. at the Colorado River to 9,100 ft. at the top of Lindberg Hill in Grand Canyon

Terrain: Varies from very rugged mountains and drainages, to low valleys

Precipitation: Average of 3-20″ annually

Land Ownership in Fredonia

Federal (BLM):   1,389,446 acres

State Trust:         134,631 acres

Private:               110,361 acres

Federal (NPS):   658,706

Tribal:                 121,142

Primary Resource Concerns

  • Inadequate Livestock Water and Water Quality
  • Soil Erosion
  • Plant Productivity
  • Renewable Energy
  • Noxious Weeds

Conservation Practices on the Ground

  • Fencing
  • Grazing Management
  • Water Distributionfor Livestock and Wildlife
  • Brush Management
  • Installation of Renewable Energy Production Systems

District Highlights

The objective of the Fredonia Natural Resource Conservation District (NRCD) is to educate and assist cooperators and the general public on resource conservation and management.

The Fredonia District encompasses the land north of the Colorado River in the very northwestern part of the state. The land plant communities belong primarily to the Colorado Plateau, which includes the salt desert shrub, the sagebrush grasslands, the pinion and juniper zone, and finally the ponderosa and mixed conifer communities in the higher elevations within the Kaibab National Forest and the Grand Canyon National Park.

Ranching is the primary form of agriculture in the Districts and has been a way of life for generations. Recreation activities in the area include hiking, hunting, sightseeing, and off-road travel. The Fredonia District is primarily federally owned land. This allows for many opportunities for coordinated planning on a variety of issues with the local land management agencies and the district frequently meets with land managers to express concerns and ideas. The district is also no stranger to drought and variability of precipitation. This has led to better management practices and activities that promote conservation planning. The Fredonia NRCD has focused on several resource concerns such as, water availability for livestock and wildlife, soil erosion, noxious weed control, and brush management.

The District provides producers access to a wedge welder to weld plastic aprons that are used to construct water harvesting catchments, as well as herbicide backpack sprayers that are used to treat sagebrush communities to reduce competition and allow understory plants to increase. The district also provides producers access to a rangeland drill to help with their range seeding activities. This equipment helps promote conservation practices that address resource concerns. Another focus of the district is to provide educational opportunities to cooperators and local school activities by sponsoring workshops and working with Universities through the Extension program from both Utah and Arizona. These educational opportunities have provided useful information to hundreds of producers, students, and agency personnel.

The District locally administered a grant offered to Arizona’s farmers and ranchers for conservation of fossil fuel agricultural production systems to renewable energy power. This program was made available in partnership with the AZ Dept. of Energy for the conversion of existing systems from gas, oil, diesel, and in some cases electric to the utilization of renewable energy available in the state and provided benefit in terms of energy savings, cost savings, better air quality and the creation of jobs in businesses related to the renewable energy and agricultural service industries.

 

 

Contact Information

Rhea McCormick

(928) 875-2898

P.O. Box 536

Fredonia, AZ 86022

fredonianrcd@gmail.com