Malpai Borderlands Group Science Conference


     Malpai Borderlands Group Science Conference 

MARCH 31, 2023

Geronimo Events Center

Rodeo, New Mexico

9:30 A.M.



Malpai Borderlands Group Science Conference


Geronimo Event Center- Rodeo, New Mexico (31.87095, -109.03535)


March 31, 2023 9:45-4:00 MDT


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                                     Introduction & Welcome

9:45-9:55  Myles Traphagen                     Science Coordinator, Malpai Borderlands Group

9:55-10:00   Channing Moore                   Executive Director, Malpai Borderlands Group


10:00-10:30  Kristin Lear                          Bat Conservation International

“Creating Connections: Restoring a Nectar Corridor for Pollinating Bats and People"

10:30-11:00 Kathryn Parys                        USDA Agricultural Research Service

“An update on the USDA’s Beenome Initiative (and the quest to sequence them all!)”

11:00-11:30 Julia Sittig                               Altar Valley Conservation Alliance

 "Altar Valley Conservation Alliance Watershed Management Plan”

 11:30- 12:00 Glen Dickens                        Arizona Antelope Foundation

“Grassland Restoration to Support Pronghorn in Southeastern Arizona”

Lunch 12:00-1:30 

1:30-2:00  Gerry Bertholette                       Arizona Game & Fish Department

“Bonita Grassland Restoration”

2:00-2:30  Gita Bodner                                The Nature Conservancy

“Returning to Bosque: restoration of a riparian mesquite forest”

 2:30-3:00  Valeria Cañedo                         Colectivo Sonora Silvestre, Hermosillo, Sonora

“Bats and Bacanora:  Merging Agriculture and Conservation" 

 3:30-4:00  Dennis Moroney                       47 Ranch, McNeal Arizona

 “Direct Marketing of Locally Produced Range Fed Beef”

4:00    Adjourn




                      Our goal is to restore and maintain the natural processes that create and protect a 
unfragmented landscape to support a diverse, flourishing community of
plant and animal life in our borderlands region.
                      Together, we will accomplish this by working to encourage profitable ranching 
and other traditional livelihoods, which will sustain the open space nature of
our land for generations to come.






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In July of 2010 the Board of Directors of the Malpai Borderlands Group voted to establish a scholarship fund, in the memory of former Malpai Board Member Rob Krentz, to assist worthy high school graduates in the Malpai Borderlands region with furthering their education.



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 High Country News; Why being a good neighbor is a good idea

 The Nature Conservancy Magazine; New Life in the Badlands










Following are links to past issues of the 
Malpai Borderlands Group Newsletters 
from 1994 to the present year. 
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Malpai Borderlands Group Brochure


We are a grassroots, landowner-driven nonprofit organization attempting to implement ecosystem management on nearly one million acres of virtually unfragmented open-space landscape in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico.

The Malpai Borderlands area includes the San Bernardino Valley, the Peloncillo Mountains, the Animas Valley and the Animas Mountains. It is roughly pyramid shaped, with the base of the pyramid beginning just east of Douglas, Arizona along the Mexican Border to just west of Antelope Wells, New Mexico. The apex is just south of Animas, New Mexico.

With elevations ranging from 3500 to 8500 feet, the Malpai is a diverse area of mountains, canyons, valleys and riparian corridors. Several rare, threatened, and endangered plant and animal species are found here. It is the only place in the U.S. where Gould's turkey and white-sided jackrabbits occur naturally. It is also home to popular big-game species such as Coues deer, mule deer, pronghorn and Desert Bighorn sheep.

Perhaps the most remarkable feature of this huge landscape is that fewer than 100 human families reside on it. Many of the families who live here have been here for generations. Except for two small wildlife preserves, this is cattle ranching country. As ranchers, we have been concerned about a key resource we depend on for our livelihoods and way of life - the diminishing quality of grasslands for grazing. Fragmentation of the landscape, beginning with the subdivision of some ranches in our area, has also been a looming threat.

We formed a nonprofit organization to bring ranchers, scientists, and key agencies together, and today the Malpai Borderlands Group now carries out a series of conservation programs and activities, including land restoration; endangered species habitat protection; cost-sharing range and ranch improvements; and land conservation projects.

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