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    it was time for fire to regain some of its naturally occurring role in the ecosystem Another meeting was held at the Malpai Ranch this time with some 30 ranches represented Out of that meeting came a request for the land management agencies to work with the ranchers on a Comprehensive Fire Plan for the area The response from the agencies was quick A followup meeting with the Coronado Forest Service the Bureau of Land Management in Safford Arizona and Las Cruces New Mexico the State Land Departments of New Mexico and Arizona and the Natural Resource Conservation Service represented was held at the Gray Ranch This two day meeting with the ranching community produced a commitment by all parties to work toward coordinated ecosystem management for the whole area After all fire crosses land ownership boundaries and fire is just one tool in managing landscapes Clearly it was time to figure out how to work across political boundaries to improve the land The second event which transformed our group was the purchase of the huge Gray Ranch by the Animas Foundation from The Nature Conservancy TNC The Conservancy had purchased the Gray from a rancher who was a Mexican national who was willing to subdivide part of it in order to maximize its worth Following the purchase TNC began to look for a buyer The community fearful that the buyer might be the federal government went to the Hadley family twenty year owners of the Guadalupe Canyon Ranch and asked them if it might be possible for them to purchase the Gray The Hadleys who have substantial resources beyond their cattle operation were able to create a private organization the Animas Foundation with which to purchase and manage the Gray It was important to TNC that the Gray be sold to a party which would keep it in open space and preserve and maintain its natural beauty The ranch was purchased therefore with conservation easements on the private land guaranteeing that it would never be subdivided and with conditions establishing monitoring procedures to record the health of the range and habitats To help manage the Gray the Animas Foundation has invested in a Geographic Information System and has offered to extend its use to ranches involved with the Malpai Group It has also provided some seed money to the group to help start up its operations The Nature Conservancy became interested in the group and its goals and assigned a senior vice president the same man who negotiated the Gray Ranch purchase with the Animas Foundation to work with the group and the Foundation at the request of the ranchers The upshot of all of these events was the establishment of the Malpai Borderlands Group as a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization capable of accepting tax deductible contributions and of holding conservation easements Our Board of Directors include local ranchers and scientists and other stakeholders The goal statement of the group reads as follows Our goal is to restore

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    with an excessive amount of barbed wire The fence was dangerous to large wildlife The old fence was removed and replaced with an all steel four wire fence with a high smooth bottom wire low top wire and wildlife friendly wire spacing in between The new fence will greatly aide in the cattle rotation by keeping the herds confined to their proper ranches and it will be much easier for the native wildlife including deer and bighorn sheep to cross The all steel fence will also allow for more flexible options in the control and use of prescribed and wild fires The fence replacement was 7 162 feet Through grant monies the MBG was able to cover 50 of the cost Krentz Pipeline and Trough Project Well spaced reliable water helps to create more flexible options for the rancher to rotate cattle over the ranch Good water distribution allows for more even use of the grasses when the cattle are in the pasture The Krentz Ranch took advantage of their already existing livestock pipeline and a three way pasture fence corner to provide more water for the livestock and wildlife on their ranch 302 feet of buried 1 high density black plastic pipeline was installed along with three troughs which added up to 2 807 gallons of drinking water altogether This water will be available all year round which means that it will also benefit the local wildlife including antelope All of the troughs are installed with wildlife escape ramps so that small species including insects can swim out if they accidentally fall in Because of grant monies the MBG covered 50 of the cost with the Krentz Ranch paying for the other 50 Continued Conservation on the Cloudt Ranch The Malpai Borderlands Group has worked with the Cloudt family

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    Jornada Experimental Range USDA Jennifer Bristol The Nature Conservancy Ben Brown Malpai Borderlands Group Gerardo Ceballos UNAM Justin Congdon Savanna River Ecology Laboratory ret John Cook The Nature Conservancy Charles Curtin Denver Zoo Carl Edminster Rocky Mountain Research Station USFS ret Maria Fernadez Gimenez Colorado State University Peter R Ffolliot University of Arizona Matt Goode University of Arizona Gerald J Gottfried Rocky Mountain Research Station USFS Harry W Green Cornell University Kris Havstad Jornada Experiment Range USDA Lynn Huntsinger University of California Berkeley Richard L Knight Colorado State University Rurik List Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Lerma Dean Lueck University of Arizona Mitchel McClaran University of Arizona Earl McCoy University of South Florida Bill McDonald Malpai Borderlands Group Guy R McPherson University of Arizona Gary Meffe University of Florida Curt Meine The Aldo Leopold Foundation Brian Miller Denver Zoo Henry R Mushinsky University of South Florida Charles Painter New Mexico Department of Game and Fish William Radke U S Fish and Wildlife Service Nathan Sayre University of California Berkeley Cecil Schwalbe University of Arizona Liz Slauson Scottsdale Community College Peter Sundt Rangeland Consultant Tom Swetnam University of Arizona Raymond Turner USGS ret Emeritus Peter Warren The Nature Conservancy David Western University of

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    asked to lend a hand and often went out of his way to help others when he saw the need asked or not This generosity extended to strangers as well as to friends and neighbors Rob was a religious man and he really believed in being thy brother s keeper He was also strongly dedicated to the ranching tradition and to the stewardship that has kept the Krentz Ranch going for over 100 years The Krentz family demonstrated their commitment to the goals of the Malpai Borderlands Group to protect a healthy unfragmented landscape and encourage profitable ranching and other traditional livelihoods which will sustain the open space of our land for generations to come by conveying a conservation easement on their ranch to the Malpai Borderlands Group in 2003 That means that their beautiful ranch that runs from the Chiricahua Mountains well into the San Bernardino Valley that will never be subdivided Rob Krentz had another passion besides ranching A graduate of the University of Arizona he believed very strongly in the importance of education Rob saw all three of his children attend college two graduated from New Mexico State University and he sat on the school board for the one room school in Apache Arizona for over two decades If there was an FFA field day a 4H competition or anything involving kids and education going on no one was ever surprised to see Rob involved He also believed in education being a life long endeavor Rob was a recent graduate of Project Central the Center for Rural Leadership and he demonstrated his leadership by serving as President of the Cochise Graham Cattle Growers Association and as Chairman of the Whitewater Draw Natural Resource Conservation District in addition to his service to the Malpai Group It is fitting

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    COOPERATORS THE FORMATION AND HISTORY OF THE MALPAI BORDERLANDS GROUP CONSERVATION ACTION Land Management SCIENCE AND NATURE Science Advisory Panel PUBLIC OUTREACH SCHOLARSHIPS My Link Partners sedetect Powered by http www hotdoodle com HotDoodle Custom Web Design and Quality Affordable

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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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  • Malpai Borderlands Group
    Resources The Malpai Borderlands Group has protected 78 000 acres of private land through conservation easements This protects natural wildlife habitat and productive ranch land by preventing subdivision and development We work actively with ranchers and landowners to develop these conservation easements MALPAI BORDERLANDS GROUP Last Updates 2 9 16 MALPAI BORDERLANDS GROUP All Rights Reserved Fax 520 364 3310 Email malpaigroup gmail com Mailing Address P O Box 3536

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    ranch is already protected by an earlier conservation easement The Glenns recently acquired the 609 acres from a neighboring ranch and wanted to protect that land as well This property is a high priority for protection because the Malpai Ranch is the closest to the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge and so is critical as watershed buffer protection for the refuge Also the property lies along Geronimo Trail Road near

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