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    fire management while lacking important information about how to manage these endangered species The solution that we developed was to convene meetings of the experts for each species to share information identify critical data needs and develop goals for monitoring and research that would answer those needs The New Mexico ridge nose rattlesnake appeared to be vulnerable to fire impacts The rattlesnake lives in wooded mountain canyons where decades of fire suppression has allowed fuels to build up to such a level that it poses a risk that unnaturally hot fires could kill too many snakes One of the key questions for this species is how can we measure adverse fire effects in a way that meets the needs of the agencies and gives us some assurance that fire will not cause unacceptable impacts to the species The New Mexico ridge nose rattlesnake question has proven to be a difficult one to answer These snakes are so rare in the Peloncillo Mountains that it takes 30 man days of searching to find one This makes it nearly impossible to know how many there are or what their population trend may be Given this uncertainty our snake advisory committee decided that monitoring habitat could substitute for monitoring the snakes themselves We worked with the herpetologist considered the most knowledgeable for the species to make a map of snake habitat The map was then used by the Forest Service as the basis for fire management zones based on where the snakes are most likely to be found The final step was to get agreement among the experts to set a fire effect threshold but in this case we used acres of habitat impacted by high intensity fire as a surrogate for direct effect on the snake In 2003 we used the Baker

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    is the only natural habitat for these fish in the U S The refuge was established specifically to protect habitat for these fish As it turned out several other rare species that are dependant on aquatic habitat such as Chiricahua leopard frog Mexican garter snake and Huachuca water umbel are also found there Populations of Rio Yaqui fish have been impacted by a number of factors in Mexico including dam building introduction of non native fish and water diversion Non native fish that have been introduced for sportfishing have been especially harmful because they are aggressive predators which have decimated several native species along the main stem of the river The best surviving populations of Rio Yaqui fish are in small somewhat isolated tributaries such as Black Draw and Cajon Bonito where the exotic predatory species have not gotten established Because of severe declines in their populations many of the Rio Yaqui fish are listed as Threatened or Endangered The species are the Yaqui chub Yaqui catfish Yaqui topminnow Mexican stoneroller Yaqui sucker and beautiful shiner The best opportunity to protect these species is in the small tributaries which can be managed more easily than highly modified stretches of the main stem of the Rio Yaqui The Malpai Group works closely with the U S Fish and Wildlife Service in several ways to improve habitat conditions for these fish The most extensive project that will benefit these fish is our watershed improvement work in which we are building many small erosion control structures along the numerous arroyos that feed into Black Draw This is a cost share project with USFWS and BLM which is intended to slow erosion and catch sediment so that more vegetation can grow along these drainages This will also benefit downstream aquatic habitat by reducing siltation

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    they can find enough nectar and fruit from tropical trees to feed them through the winter They come to our area in June as the agave plants century plants begin to bloom and their natural food until late summer consists almost completely of agave nectar When we got involved with fire planning in the Peloncillo Mountains these bats became an issue because there was some concern that fire might kill enough agaves to cause food shortage for the bats At that time we organized a meeting of bat and agave biologists to identify what was known and what information was needed to assure that our fire plans would not harm the bats The outcome was a consensus among the specialists based on their shared expert opinion in the absence of existing data that fire caused agave mortality of 20 or less was not likely to harm the bats We were able to move ahead with the fire program through an agreement to monitor agave mortality and use the 20 threshold to guide future burns Studies that resulted from this agreement have shown that agave mortality is generally well under 20 and moreover fire tends to stimulate agave germination and so

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    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 The Magoffins asked the Group to help improve the water system at the tank so frogs could be sustained without the herculean water hauling task We approached the Arizona Game and Fish Department and received financial support to drill a new well and build a water system that fed a pond for the frogs and a drinker for the cows That was our first experience with taking on a project that helped an endangered species and also provided some real benefit to the ranch operation Through the interest of a biology teacher at Douglas High School a Chiricahua frog propagation project was started at Douglas Schools that won national awards and stimulated under achieving students to get involved with science The school frog project suffered a setback when the original teacher moved away and concerns were raised about mosquito born disease However the program is getting started again and we hope that it will be an important source of frogs to help recover the species in our

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    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 The core jaguar breeding population is approximately 140 miles to the south This is not that great distance for a male jaguar to travel making his rounds to see the

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    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 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 Douglas AZ 85608

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    two representatives from the Blackfoot Challenge attended as part of a program on building cooperative conservation groups and plan to distribute a report on the workshop to everyone Numerous other organizations which participate in these collaboratives were also represented including the Natural Resources Conservation Service Nature Conservancy Arizona State Forestry Division the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University the Arizona Community Foundation and the Jornada Experimental Range in New Mexico After a get acquainted dinner on Thursday we spent the next day and a half on a tour of the Borderlands We visited several ranches including the Diamond A or Gray Ranch in the Animas Valley We got an overview of the border fence where it passes through the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge A principal objective of these tours was to see the results of cooperative land management projects in which the Malpai Group supports neighboring ranchers especially for grassland restoration mostly with fire and erosion control Participants discussed how to build and maintain an effective collaborative conservation group Bill McDonald emphasized the importance of getting prospective participants to develop a clear statement of what they want to see occur From this a group needs to develop strong mission and vision statements that reflect these shared goals These statements help guide future actions and prevent a group from being side tracked in the future by others who may have contradictory interests or goals Building participation is the challenge Creating social capital takes time and is part of what makes an organization effective It is important to reach out to and include all stakeholders even those who may oppose the organization or feel that it is irrelevant to them It is equally important to maintain transparency and not hide actions or intentions Any group should expect some opposition at

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    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

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