Arizona Conservation Partnership
Apache and Navajo County Arizona Conservation Partnership
Arizona Conservation Partnership Accomplishes First Year of Work in Apache and Navajo County Natural Resource Conservation Districts 04/28/17
Arizona Association of Conservation Districts
For Immediate Release:
The Apache and Navajo County Natural Resource Conservation Districts are working with their ranchers and agency partners to enhance Arizona’s working landscapes in Northern Arizona. Within the Apache and Navajo County NRCD focal area, USDA Environmental Quality Incentive Program, BLM Landscape Enhancement Collaborative, and Arizona Department of Environmental Water Quality Improvement Grant funds have been used to improve water quality and watershed health in northeastern Arizona through riparian area bank stabilization, grazing management, pond rehabilitation and brush control.
These conservation efforts are all part of the Arizona Conservation Partnership, a new statewide collaborative partnership between Arizona’s 42 Conservation Districts and 10 state and federal agencies. The vision of the Arizona Conservation Partnership is to join forces and leverage resources to enhance Arizona’s working landscapes for ecological and economic prosperity.
In the first year (2016), the partnership worked to complete grassland restoration on more than 2,000 acres, assisted with conservation planning on five ranches, and completed cultural resource surveys on four ranches so that needed conservation work can begin.
The Arizona Association of Conservation Districts was granted a Water Protection Fund Grant for $300,000 earlier this year. Private land owner and Conservation District contributions will total $120,000. A juniper removal project in the Apache Natural Resource Conservation District will improve the cover of perennial grasses and forbs provide increased soil protection and reduce sediment yield into streams. The Apache Natural Resource Conservation District was awarded two Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Water Quality Improvement Grants totaling $391, 512.69 to improve water quality on the Upper Little Colorado River. Private land owner and Conservation District contributions will total $261,009.88.
In the second year (2017), the partnership is focused on funding grassland restoration projects in southeastern Arizona. Over $1 million in federal, state and private funding will be used for this purpose. More than 30 conservation project proposals have been submitted to the Arizona Conservation Partnership in the first two years.