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    last morning presentation Dr Kris Havstad Senior Supervisory Scientist at the Jornada Experimental Range described demographic and land use changes in the Malpai Borderlands These changes have and will continue to impact planning and implementation of efforts to restore and protect working rangelands and the people and inhabitants He noted that the Malpai Borderlands Planning Area captures stores and releases groundwater that ultimately supports irrigated agriculture surrounding our planning area After a break for lunch Doug Tolleson a range management specialist with the University of Arizona V Bar V Ranch presented a practical and hard hitting look at drought planning for ranchers He noted that the optimum time to start drought planning is when we are currently enjoying periods of good precipitation He charted the progression of urgency as drought begins to set in which results in a diminishing array of options Dennis Moroney described his family s efforts to develop a plan for succession that would ensure the continued existence and operations of the family ranch Faced with the expectation that his children would not be interested in ranching he and his wife have worked with other young people who do want to ranch He described various strategies that they have considered and tried and the promises and pitfalls that they have encountered After a short break Denny Iversen and Jennifer Schoonen described the organization and efforts of the Blackfoot Challenge a ranching collaborative in western Montana The Blackfoot Challenge is facing many of the same issues that we face here in the Malpai area but water issues in their part of the world are much more challenging They employ a fulltime professional staff and have a strong board to effectively deal with the scope and intricacies of their issues Jennifer and Denny shared some of their thoughts about how we might proceed as we move into the next phase of our operations The final presenter was Ken Mirr of the Mirr Ranch Group The Mirr Ranch Group is a commercial real estate operation that deals not only with identifying potential conservation buyers for ranches that are at risk but which also provides legal and financial planning services for both sellers and buyers He described many of the issues that must be confronted in the transfer of ranch properties from working ranchers to buyers who may not have experience in the management of working ranches On January 6 th MBG staff met at the Event Center with members of our science advisory panel who were in attendance We conducted a post mortem on the conference the preceding day and discussed research needs identified by the MBG staff We also had a very rewarding dialogue concerning ideas and themes for our 2017 Science Conference If you have questions comments or suggestions about our science conference this year or ideas for future conferences we would appreciate your feedback at malpaigroup gmail com SCHOLARSHIPS In July of 2010 the Board of Directors of the Malpai Borderlands Group voted to establish a scholarship

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  • Malpai Borderlands Group
    last morning presentation Dr Kris Havstad Senior Supervisory Scientist at the Jornada Experimental Range described demographic and land use changes in the Malpai Borderlands These changes have and will continue to impact planning and implementation of efforts to restore and protect working rangelands and the people and inhabitants He noted that the Malpai Borderlands Planning Area captures stores and releases groundwater that ultimately supports irrigated agriculture surrounding our planning area After a break for lunch Doug Tolleson a range management specialist with the University of Arizona V Bar V Ranch presented a practical and hard hitting look at drought planning for ranchers He noted that the optimum time to start drought planning is when we are currently enjoying periods of good precipitation He charted the progression of urgency as drought begins to set in which results in a diminishing array of options Dennis Moroney described his family s efforts to develop a plan for succession that would ensure the continued existence and operations of the family ranch Faced with the expectation that his children would not be interested in ranching he and his wife have worked with other young people who do want to ranch He described various strategies that they have considered and tried and the promises and pitfalls that they have encountered After a short break Denny Iversen and Jennifer Schoonen described the organization and efforts of the Blackfoot Challenge a ranching collaborative in western Montana The Blackfoot Challenge is facing many of the same issues that we face here in the Malpai area but water issues in their part of the world are much more challenging They employ a fulltime professional staff and have a strong board to effectively deal with the scope and intricacies of their issues Jennifer and Denny shared some of their thoughts about how we might proceed as we move into the next phase of our operations The final presenter was Ken Mirr of the Mirr Ranch Group The Mirr Ranch Group is a commercial real estate operation that deals not only with identifying potential conservation buyers for ranches that are at risk but which also provides legal and financial planning services for both sellers and buyers He described many of the issues that must be confronted in the transfer of ranch properties from working ranchers to buyers who may not have experience in the management of working ranches On January 6 th MBG staff met at the Event Center with members of our science advisory panel who were in attendance We conducted a post mortem on the conference the preceding day and discussed research needs identified by the MBG staff We also had a very rewarding dialogue concerning ideas and themes for our 2017 Science Conference If you have questions comments or suggestions about our science conference this year or ideas for future conferences we would appreciate your feedback at malpaigroup gmail com SCHOLARSHIPS In July of 2010 the Board of Directors of the Malpai Borderlands Group voted to establish a scholarship

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  • Malpai Borderlands Group
    community Our group originated as a series of informal discussions among ranching neighbors who recognized that a way of life and a wild landscape that they all loved was being threatened by spread of development and subdivision from nearby towns The Malpai Borderlands Group was formally organized as a non profit organization in 1994 Since then we have pursued activities in several program areas directed at protecting and restoring the ecological diversity and productivity of our land Land protection We have protected 78 000 acres of private land through conservation easements which will protect it as natural wildlife habitat and productive ranch land by preventing subdivision and development Innovative cooperative land management Our group invented the concept of Grassbanking by which neighboring ranchers who were experiencing serious drought could rest their ranches from grazing by moving their herds to the Gray Ranch under reciprocal conservation agreements Habitat restoration We have undertaken many restoration projects to restore native grassland and savanna habitat including an ambitious goal of restoring fire as a natural landscape process We have cooperated with numerous agency and private partners to conduct prescribed fire over 69 000 acres Our monitoring has shown that our projects are resulting in

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    herds of livestock whose grazing reduced fine fuels Roads and trails also broke up fuel continuity and finally active fire suppression by government agencies in the 20th century attempted to put all fires out As a result we have seen a dramatic and on going increase in woody plants that compete with grasses and eventually eliminate most perennial grass cover This shift from grasses to woody species results in loss of vegetation productivity erosion of soil and loss of grassland dependant animals many of which are declining throughout the West This trend toward loss of grassland can be reversed by returning fire to the landscape through careful application of prescribed fire However there is a threshold of grassland deterioration beyond which restoration is difficult or impossible so immediate management action is needed to restore our grasslands while we still have tracts that are large enough to be ecologically sustainable A Cavalry unit in the 1870 s camps near Astin Spring Note the predominance of grasses C S Fly Photo Astin Spring 1994 rephotographed by MBG board member and science advisor Dr Ray Turner Note the great increase of woody shrubs Managing fire in a big landscape the size of the Malpai region requires close collaboration between a variety of public and private partners Our experience shows the effectiveness of the private sector taking the lead to begin the process of coordinated planning and management action A good example is the reintroduction of fire into our natural communities Despite widespread acceptance of the need to reintroduce fire into the natural ecosystems of the Southwest the maze of conflicting and overlapping regulations seemed even to the agencies to be a gridlock too tough to overcome We have proved to the toughest critics that private sector leadership works by completing the first approved fire prescription ever for the Borderlands region ending over 80 years of fire suppression It involved two states four private landowners two BLM districts two state land departments the Forest Service the Game and Fish departments in two states the U S Fish and Wildlife Service a proposed Wilderness Study Area the Endangered Species Act and the Antiquities Laws and coordination with Mexico Bill McDonald Here are highlights of recent burns in the Malpai Region THE GUADALUPE WILDFIRE Since its beginning the Malpai Borderlands Group has worked to encourage all the land management agencies to allow fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem whenever circumstances allow The Coronado National Forest has proven to be a dependable partner in this endeavor having conducted five different prescribed burns in the Peloncillo Mountains over the last twenty years The Peloncillo Programmatic Plan facilitates prescribed burning and also the management of naturally ignited fire for the benefit of wildlife habitat watershed function and forage production The Guadalupe Wildfire is a good example of the latter Continued Thomas Tank Burn 6 19 2008 The prescribed fire known as the Thomas Tank Burn was ignited on June 18 and burning continued through June 20

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    the Malpai area These bats spend most of the year to the south in Mexico where they can find enough nectar and fruit from tropical trees to feed them through the winter Continued Chiricahua Leopard Frog One of the first endangered species projects the Group got involved with was to help the Magoffin family develop reliable water for a Chiricahua leopard frog population Beginning in 1994 a stock tank that had supported the frogs for many years began to go dry The Magoffins started hauling water 1 000 gallons per week for what turned out to be over two years Continued 2006 Jaguar A new jaguar photo was taken by Warner Glenn in the Malpai Borderlands in 2006 10 years after he photographed the first jaguar in the area It is not the same jaguar that Warner photographed in 1996 The spot patterns were different This jaguar also was a large male He was in beautiful shape Looked to be an older cat Seven people saw the cat as it went on its way Continued SCIENCE The Science Advisory Committee of the Malpai Borderlands Group is composed of scientists specializing in disciplines ranging from botany to zoology Did you know Malpai ranchers have cooperated with scientists to inventory the region s rich biodiversity including the most diverse lizard fauna in the US The Malpai region has the most extensive network of long term vegetation monitoring plots in the Southwest The data collected helps ranchers and public land managers to improve ongoing grassland restoration efforts The Malpai science program maintains over 200 monitoring plots to provide baseline data on the ecology of the region Other research efforts focus on specific taxa like the tiny Cochise pincushion cactus LINKS TO RELATED WEBSITES The Jornada Arid Lands Research Programs http jornada nmsu edu portals malpai The Cuencos Los Ojos Foundation http www cuencalosojos org Jaguar Book http www jaguarbook com Northern Jaguar Project https www northernjaguarproject org Malpai Borderlands Group 2016 Annual Science Conference The 2016 Malpai Borderlands Group Science Conference will be held Tuesday January 5 2016 at the Chiricahua Mountain Event Center just north of Rodeo New Mexico We have an excellent group of speakers this year and a full agenda with something for everyone Lunch will be available at the Event Center as well as at several local venues the Rodeo Tavern Rodeo Grocery and the Portal Store We are indebted to Dr Richard Knight for his tireless efforts to put together the agenda for this year s conference The Event Center is located on NM Hwy 80 about three miles north of the town of Rodeo It is a 50 minute drive from Douglas Arizona and about the same from Lordsburg New Mexico In addition Bob and Sheri Ashley have provided a list of lodging available in the Portal Rodeo area for those that would prefer to stay closer Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on January 5 th Agenda 2016 MBG Science Meeting January 5

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    more information on Warners book go to the links section on the Resources page 16 FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO www jaguarbook com Working Wilderness Poster By Jay Dusard Jay Dusard is a 1981 Guggenheim Fellow in Photography and feels that his vision for the West is perfectly exemplified in the work and goals of MBG His 18 x 24 inch poster is printed in three colors on 80 lb cover stock The photographic image 8 x 20 inches is reproduced in 250 line laser duotone The edition is limited to 500 impressions numbered and signed by Jay Dusard Send 20 00 plus 5 00 S H Make check money order payable to Malpai Borderlands Group P O Drawer 3536 Douglas AZ 85608 20 NEWS MEETINGS WORKSHOPS A new video from the Western Landowners Alliance the second in a series titled Stewardship with a Vision This one features MBG Take a look National Public Radio NPR In the Fall of 2013 the Malpai Borderlands Group was invited to participate in on National Public Radio NPR Please follow the link to learn more about what we are doing http stateofthereunion com the southwestern range Continued Learning From Our Neighbors Notes from Malpai Borderlands Group Ranching Today Workshop September 2013 By Norm Mick Meader Cascabel Conservation Association Continued Malpai Borderlands Group 2016 Annual Science Conference The 2016 Malpai Borderlands Group Science Conference will be held Tuesday January 5 2016 at the Chiricahua Mountain Event Center just north of Rodeo New Mexico We have an excellent group of speakers this year and a full agenda with something for everyone Lunch will be available at the Event Center as well as at several local venues the Rodeo Tavern Rodeo Grocery and the Portal Store We are indebted to Dr Richard Knight for his tireless

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    Elbrock Water Systems He is a Past Member of the Animas School Board and serves on the Columbus Electric Cooperative Board as well as the Hidalgo County Farm Services Board Edward serves as Chairman of the Malpai Board of Directors and was Malpai s representative on the Good Neighbor Environmental Board Warner Glenn Warner is a lifelong resident of the Malpai Borderlands region With his wife Wendy he owns and manages two ranches the Malpai Ranch on the Mexican border and his family s historic J A Ranch in the ChiricahuaMountains Along with his wife and daughter he also runs a private hunting guide enterprise Warner was one of the founding members of the Malpai Borderlands Group Sadie Hadley Sadie was raised in GuadalupeCanyon in the PeloncilloMountains on her family ranch where she developed a strong appreciation for both the landscapes and ranching cultures straddling the US Mexico border She presently co manages Guadalupe Ranch serves on the board of Sky Island Alliance and participates in the work of the Animas Foundation Sadie is committed to protecting both the natural and cultural heritage of this region Seth Hadley Seth was raised in the PeloncilloMountains in GuadalupeCanyon and now lives nearby at Cloverdale on the Canoncito Ranch He has devoted his life to protecting the culture biological diversity and traditions of this region Seth is Executive Director of the Animas Foundation and currently manages all of the Hadley ranches He serves as Treasurer for the Malpai Borderlands Group Don Kimble Don was raised on his family s historic ranch in the SanSimonValley and PeloncilloMountains near Apache Arizona He and his wife Lynn own and operate their ranch at Silver Creek Don also taught Agriculture and coached the Rodeo Team at CochiseCollege for 12 years He is a champion team roper and competes professionally Don has served on the Apache School Board for 24 years Frank Robert Krentz Frank was born and raised on the family ranch in Southeastern Arizona the son of Rob and Sue Krentz He attended grade school at Apache Arizona and graduated from Animas New Mexico High School A fifth generation rancher he lives on the ranch that his family has owned for over a hundred years While at New Mexico State Frank received his Bachelors in Ag Business and Economics with honors and went on to receive his Masters in Ag Business In addition to the MBG board Frank currently serves on the board of directors of the Whitewater Draw NRCS and the Cochise Graham Cattle Growers Association Bill McDonald Bill and his wife Mary own and operate his family s historic Sycamore Ranch in the PeloncilloMountains Bill attended Arizona State University earning his BS Degree in Political Science Bill is a founding member of the Malpai Borderlands Group and serves as Executive Director He was for 25 years a Supervisor of the Whitewater Draw Natural Resource Conservation District and is Past President of the Cochise Graham Cattle Growers Association Nathan Sayre is Associate Professor of Geography

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    Las Cruces and Gila Districts Fish and Wildlife Service U S Department of Homeland Security CBP Customs Border Patrol State Agencies and Institutions Arizona State Land Department Arizona Game and Fish Department Arizona State Forestry Arizona State University University of Arizona University of Arizona s Desert Laboratory Whitewater Draw Natural Resource Conservation District New Mexico Department of Game and Fish New Mexico State Forestry New Mexico State University University of

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