Malpai Borderlands Group Science Conference
January 9, 2020
Geronimo Event Center Rodeo, New Mexico
(31.87095° N, 109.03535° W) WGS 84
9:45-10:00   Introductions
Myles Traphagen                        Science Coordinator, Malpai Borderlands Group
Richard Winkler                         Executive Director, Malpai Borderlands Group
10:00-10:30 David Simeral        Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV
“Western climate trends and weather monitoring.” 
10:30-10:55 Kathy Gerst            University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
“USDA Plant Phenology Network Monitoring.”
10:55-11:20 Jeff Fehmi               University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
“Lehman lovegrass ecology and control.” 
11:20-11:40 BREAK
11:40-12:05 Laura Norman        United States Geological Survey- Tucson, AZ
“Quantifiable benefits of erosion control structures in the San Bernardino Valley”
12:05- 12:30 Brandon Bestelmeyer  USDA Jornada Experimental Range, Las Cruces, NM 
“Socioeconomic and environmental changes in the Malpai region.”
LUNCH 12:30-2:00 
2:00- 2:30 Phil Rosen & Cecil Schwalbe University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
“Reptile and Amphibian Conservation with the Malpai Borderlands Group”
2:30- 2:55 Ivonne Cassaigne    Primero Conservation- Mexico City, DF, Mexico
“Rancher and jaguar conflicts in Sonora, Mexico”
2:55- 3:20 Juan Carlos Bravo Wildlands Network- Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
“Mexico Highway 2 expansion and effects on Borderlands jaguar linkages”
3:20- 3:55 Cody Wooden   University of Arizona- Tucson, AZ
“Woody shrub increase in the Malpai region from 1990 to the present.” 
3:55- 4:20 Shelemia Nyamuryekung’e  USDA Jornada Experimental Range, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
“Criollo cattle research: Landscape use, heat tolerance, mothering style & range finishing.”

                      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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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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