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Please let us know if you are interested in the resource specific field trips for Wildlife, Recreation, Cultural Resources, Range, and Water/Cienga. Please contact David McIntyre at 520-258-7259 or dmcintyre@blm.gov if you would like to sign up for one or several of these trips. The March 22 public meeting in Sierra Vista will still take place.



The San Pedro Riparian NCA Resource Management Plan (RMP)  team is preparing to move into the next phase of RMP development. Thank you again to all who attended educational forums, scoping meetings, and submitted comments.Videos of every educational forum presentation are available on the Tumblr website. All presentations can be downloaded here

The scoping report has been finalized and can be found here.

Upcoming dates:
Sierra Vista
Saturday, February 22 & March 22
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m
BLM/Forest Service Building, 4070 S. Avenida Saracino, Hereford, AZ  85615
 

More information on how to get involved in the planning process can be found here.

♦The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) Resource Management Plan (RMP) process has officially begun with the publication of the Notice of Intent in the Federal Register.

♦ Initial public engagement planning meetings were held in Sierra Vista on May 15, in Benson on June 18, and in Tucson on June 20, 2013. Meeting minutes from these initial meetings are posted under documents.

♦ Education and Scoping Forums were held in Sierra Vista on July 20, July 27, August 10, August 17, and August 24, 2013.

♦ Links to the videos of the presentations from the Education Forums can be found under links. Copies of the powerpoints can be found under documents.

 
 
 
   

 

Picture of the San Pedro   The Tucson Field Office is beginning work on a Resource Management Plan (RMP)/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the SPRNCA.  A Notice of Intent was published in the Federal Register on April 30, 2013, announcing the beginning of the scoping process that will solicit public comments and identify issues. The public is invited to participate throughout the planning process to share their ideas and concerns. Formal scoping meeting dates and locations are posted under Meeting Information on this page.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tucson Field Office manages the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) in southeastern Arizona. This 56,431-acre area was designated by Congress in 1988 as the nation’s first Riparian National Conservation Area.

The SPRNCA was created to “conserve, protect and enhance the riparian area and the aquatic, wildlife, archaeological, paleontological, scientific, cultural, educational, and recreational resources of the conservation area.” It is now part of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System or National Conservation Lands. The San Pedro RNCA is located in Cochise County, with 40 miles of the upper San Pedro River flowing north from the U.S.-Mexico border near Palominas to St. David near Benson. Management has been guided by the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area Plan since it was approved in 1989, as well as the Safford District Resource Management Plan.
  
Planning Area

The planning effort encompasses all public lands within the SPRNCA and possibly additional lands within the watershed identified through scoping and considered during the planning process.

An important riparian area, the San Pedro River flows through the Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts. This ribbon of green, composed of riparian habitat and surrounding grasslands, provides an important migratory bird corridor.  More than100 species of breeding birds and 250 species of migrant and wintering birds depend on this invaluable habitat. The San Pedro RNCA was formally designated as the nation’s first Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy in 1995 and Arizona Audubon reaffirmed that designation in 2013.

The river’s stretch is also home to 84 species of mammals, 14 species of fish, and 41 species of reptiles and amphibians.  This diversity of wildlife presents an incredible watchable wildlife viewing area.

The San Pedro River nourishes this ribbon of life in the RNCA. Numerous threats to the health of the river include urban development, drought, and contaminants from upstream in Mexico. The National Riparian Service Team concluded in their 2012 report that “Pumping of groundwater that serves as the lifeblood for the San Pedro River and its tributaries poses significant threats to its long-term function and sustainability.”