Thumb Butte near Prescott, AZ
50 Mile Feast
W Diamond Ranch
Granite Mountain near Prescott, AZ
Payne-Granite Dells Conservation Easement
Ranching in the Future Workshop II
Sycamore Canyon/San Francisco Peaks
CALT ACCREDITATION PROCESS ON TRACK
Accreditation by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission has been a long-standing goal of the Central Arizona Land Trust. Thanks to the hard work of the board and guidance from an outside consultant, we will be submitting our application in late August. Accreditation is a mark of distinction in land conservation. To date only 301 of the nearly 1,700 land trusts in the U.S. have been accredited.
As an important part of the process, the Accreditation Commission invites public input on pending applications. Comments must relate to how the Central Arizona Land Trust complies with the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices. The easiest way to comment is to visit the Commission web site, www.landtrustcommission.org., and click on “Comment on a Land Trust” link located on the home page. You can email your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may also be submitted to: Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments, 36 Phila St., Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; or faxed to 518-587-3183. Comments on the application will be most useful if they are received by November 1, 2015.
We feel confident that accreditation will strengthen our standing with landowners, government agencies, charitable foundations, and the individual donors who are so critical to our success. The accreditation seal provides the public with an assurance that the Central Arizona Land Trust has the ways and means to protect important natural places and working lands in the heart of Arizona forever.
To preserve and protect open space, wildlife habitat, working agricultural lands and the scenic and cultural values of Central Arizona for future generations.
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2014 PRESIDENT'S WINTER MESSAGE
We are all fortunate to live in the Central Mountains of Arizona, the zone sandwiched between the Mogollon Rim and the Basin and Range province of the upper Sonoran Desert. Topography is the seasoning of our vistas. Mountains and valleys in all directions give our internal gyroscopes balance and reward us a reflective backdrop for the dramatic sunrises and sunsets that we all enjoy. Continue...
The Central AZ Land Trust has recently elected four new board members to the organization. All are deeply qualified individuals to help guide and inform our decisions moving forward. They are John Farmer, a financial advisor with the Taylor and Padgett Financial Group; J.D Greenberg, a potent voice for open space and land protection in central Yavapai County; Ken Jordan, a long-time AZ rancher and liaison for FEMA and Hal Hayden, a partner at Trinity Capital Investment.
PRESCOTT - As a young girl, Lisa Greene Sharp's backyard was a seemingly endless 22,000 acres of mountain vista ranch land near the Mexican border filled with cows, horses, sheep, hay, and oak trees.
No paved roads. No modern conveniences.
Just a rambling, two-and-a-half story red brick ranch house built in the late 1800s with 28 rooms and a wraparound veranda ideal for sipping fresh lemonade on a hot summer day.
Nature, and an assortment of farm animals, were her playmates. The night sky and cowboy stories her entertainment.
So it is no wonder the now New Mexico resident and author of the 2014 memoir "A Slow Trot Home' can still smell the prairie grass, saddle leather and the sheep that once roamed the San Rafael Ranch in Patagonia, the setting for such Western movies as the musical, "Oklahoma!"
No wonder her favorite stories are of adventures she and her siblings, and her two now-grown sons, had on the sacred land her divorced mother ranched for more than three decades.
"Ranch memories flow like gravity's pull on water and soak my own body's soul,' reads an opening line in the book that was a 2014 finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.
On Friday, June 5, Sharp was the guest speaker at a Central Arizona Land Trust event to highlight the importance of protecting Arizona's natural resources. The 26-year-old CALT has preserved more than 4,000 acres.
"The land is a reflection of our heritage, our way of life and our future,' said CALT Board President Becky Ruffner.
A gifted storyteller, Sharp shared with some 50 people the origins of the San Rafael Ranch, officially known as the San Rafael de la Zanja Land Grant. Her maternal grandfather, Col. William Greene purchased from a cattle baron in 1903.
In 1958, her mother, a divorcee with four children, traded her shares in her family's cattle company for the ranch in the San Rafael Valley.
Raised in the cattle business, her mother proved a formidable businesswoman. She infused her children with an appreciation for back-aching work - Sharp's book recounts her aversion to California redwood born from hours of stripping oil paint off the kitchen walls - and wide open spaces.
When her mother's health declined in 1988, Sharp's brother, Bob, took over. In 1998, three years after her mother's death, estate and family issues required the children to sell the ranch, she said.
The siblings did not want the ranch to go the way of Western lore. For certain, they did not wish to see it become a suburban landscape of houses or a strip mall. Dismissing developer offers, the siblings opted to sell the land for preservation to the Nature Conservancy.
In turn, the Nature Conservancy sold the ranch home and 3,000 acres to the Arizona state park service. They sold the remainder to a private landowner who, beyond a 10-acre parcel to build a personal home, agreed to easements that forever keeps the ranch as it has been for more than 500 years.
No power lines, no paved roads, no commerce.
"We, as a family, felt good to be able to preserve the ranch," said Sharp of the land where cows still graze and the night sky is illuminated only by distant stars.
On the last page of her book, Sharp speaks of a visit to her mother's one-acre gravesite in the high desert portion of the land, the place where she will one day be buried.
"I am still. I quiet my breathing. I close my eyes. Every ounce of my soul melts into the surroundings, and I become one with this land that will always be my home."
The Daily Courier
For 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has provided critical funding for land and water conservation projects, outdoor recreation access, and the continued preservation of our nation’s historic, cultural and iconic landmarks.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition is asking for your help to ensure the LWCF is reauthorized before it expires in September 2015, and at the same time urge Congress to provide robust funding for LWCF when funding levels are decided this summer. Critical parks, trails, wildlife and recreation projects are counting on LWCF funding this year.
Please visit the "Take Action" webpage (http://lwcfcoalition.org/take-action.html) at the coalition website and learn more in how you can add your voice to this important federal funding source supporting outdoor recreation and conservation.
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