MALPAI BORDERLANDS GROUP

OUR MISSION
             Our goal is to restore and maintain the natural processes that create and protect a 
healthy,
unfragmented landscape to support a diverse, flourishing community of
human,
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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Baker Canyon Fire Landowners

2016 MBG AGENCY MEETING

The annual Agency Meeting of the Malpai Borderlands Group (MBG) was held April 18th in the meeting room of the Malpai Ranch. Peter Warren, MBG Board Member greeted 45 ranchers, agency representatives and others. Peter briefly recounted some of the activities and projects MBG has been involved in so far this year. Highlights include the Science Conference, attended by 120 people in January, the Fire Workshop put on in cooperation with Arizona and New Mexico State Forestry in February, and the installation of a wildlife friendly fence in rough country in the Peloncillo Mountains, replacing an old sheep fence that was hazardous to Desert Bighorn.

Introductions followed Peter's remarks. Besides MBG board members, the agencies and non-profit groups represented were Arizona and New Mexico Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Hidalgo Soil and Water Conservation District, Arizona State Forestry, the Jornada Experimental Range, the Coronado National Forest, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Az. and New Mexico, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the San Bernardino Wildlife Refuge, the Bureau of Land Management, Safford and Las Cruces offices, Cochise County Cooperative Extension, The Arizona Wilderness Coalition, The Cochise County Sheriff's Department, The Border Patrol Douglas and Lordsburg Stations, the Animas Foundation and Grasslands, Inc., and the Arizona Antelope Foundation. Representatives from Arizona Senators Flake and McCain and Congresswoman McSally were also present.

Scott Cooke and R.J. Estes from the Safford office of BLM presented a report on the Baker Canyon wildfire whaich burned 8,000 acres in the southern Peloncillo Mountains in March (see map). A contain and control strategy was used rather than directly fighting the fire because of concern for firefighter safety in the rugged terrain, windy conditions and the fact that no structures were at immediate risk. BLM will be monitoring the effects of this fire.

Sam Smith of Grasslands, Inc. and Mark Bernal of Las Cruces BLM reported briefly on two wildfires that burned earlier this year at the very same time. One occured in Guadalupe Canyon in the Peloncillos and other in the Animas range. The fires totaled abot 10,000 acres and suppression action was taken to protect at risk assets.

Eugene Beaduin of Arizona State Forestry then presented the new Prescribed Fire Management Plan for Arizona. The plan highlights the new, more pro-active approach to fire by State Forestry and covers all aspects of prescribed burning.

After lunch, the remainder of the meeting featured updates form the agencies and organizations represented. Toward the end of the meeting, a suggestion was made that MBG consider a workshop this year to inform new agency personnel serving the area about the history and accomplishments of the Malpai Borderlands Group. Those board members present agreed to bring up the idea of a workshop at the June meeting of the board of directors.


SCHOLARSHIPS

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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NEWS, MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS

Click on the links below to read articles about the Malpai Group!

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

Cover-Oct-Nov_172x215The Nature Conservancy Magazine; New Life in the Badlands

 

MALPAI NEWSLETTERS

Following are links to past issues of the 
Malpai Borderlands Group Newsletters 
from 1994 to the present year. 
Please click here to read the newsletters.

 
 

WHO WE ARE

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.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our efforts.


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