The Redington NRCD was organized on June 19, 1947. Its boundaries overlap four counties: Cochise, Pima, Pinal, and Graham. The district encompasses about 290,381 acres, including 31 miles of the San Pedro River Valley, the district‟s most defining feature.
Elevation: 2,650 ft. at valley bottom to 8,600 ft. at the top of the Rincon Mountain Range
Terrain: Extremely rugged, characterized by deep tributary canyons and washes
Precipitation: Average of 10-24″ annually, varying with elevation
The objective of the Redington NRCD is to provide leadership in promoting the conservation of all natural re- sources within the district. Throughout the Redington District there are few remaining ranching and farming properties. Farmland is used for crop and/or hay production as well as irrigated pasture. Using farm fields for irrigated pasture allows for rest and rotation of rangelands throughout the growing season for best management practices. Recurrent droughts continue to affect forage production, but conservation planning has lead to bet- ter management on what large ranches remain.
Land use in the Redington district is not restricted to traditional farming and ranching. At least one ranch in the district is actively managing mesquite forests along the valley bottom for lumber produc- tion and firewood cutting. Firewood cutting also occurs in other areas of the district but generally for private use and not commercial purposes. Also, several areas along the river have been populated with bee boxes. This has proven to be important for local agricultural operations and the general func- tion of the various ecological processes in the area. Recreation, hunting, and off-road use has in- creased within the district in the last 20 years due to the increased population pressure of nearby metropolitan areas, decreased access to state and federal lands in other districts, and the general increase in off-road vehicle recreation.
As in many rural communities in Arizona‟s Conser- vation districts, virtually all subdivision that has occurred in the southern half of the district is a result of large ranches going out of production and being sold for residential purposes. This has affected a large area of land, principally along the San Pedro Corridor, but it has not reached the high densities and small lot sizes typically associ- ated with the term “subdivision”.
As part of the Redington District‟s, goals, Coordinated Resource Management Plans/Ranch Management Plans are encouraged for agricultural operations. Education workshops are sponsored by the district to address small acreage conservation planning. The District will invoke coordination with any federal/local agency and/or government body connected with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act in order to coordi- nate future actions within the district.
P.O. Box 585
San Manuel, AZ 85631