PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO
CALT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.
This holiday season, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support the protection of central and northern Arizona landscapes, wildlife habitat, and working farms and ranches.
Arizona has one of the fastest growing populations in the nation, and rural Arizona risks losing our open lands and agricultural heritage to sprawl development. Land is one commodity that cannot be recreated. Once it is lost, it is gone forever. Without thoughtful plans and actions taken for conservation, the high quality of life we all enjoy will disappear.
This year we saw an unprecedented uptick in the number of landowners and agencies interested in developing conservation easements on their land. We are now working with landowners in Greater Prescott, Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon, the Verde Valley, and on farms and ranches throughout the region. This requires active outreach to landowners, technical assistance from conservation professionals, and education programs for landowners as well as the communities in general.
Your support helps us be at the table when development is being planned so that wildlife, trails, and local farms and ranches, can be protected through partnering with landowners.
Remember: Your tax-deductible donation supports an immediate need to protect land, water, wildlife, farms and ranches in central and northern Arizona. We can’t do it without you!
READ ABOUT OUR RECENT SITE VISIT AT CAMP NAVAJO NEAR FLAGSTAFF, AZ.
CALT's CAMP NAVAJO VISIT
Defying high winds and gray skies, CALT board members and staff recently hit the road to visit the Camp Navajo surroundings so that we could all get to know the area, located just south of Flagstaff. In September, CALT began a partnership with Camp Navajo and the Army National Guard Bureau to achieve a common goal of sustainability by establishing conservation buffers outside of Camp Navajo’s boundary. As the partner under this new Cooperative Agreement, CALT will represent Camp Navajo to negotiate for conservation agreements on the identified private lands, facilitate the conservation easement transactions, and provide annual monitoring in perpetuity.
As we drove around the area, tall Ponderosa pines lined the dirt roads, which crossed small streams and open fields. Owned and managed by Coconino County, Roger’s Lake County Natural Area was perhaps the most impressive natural feature. An immense golden meadow opened up, surrounded by thick forests and with the dramatic San Francisco Peaks towering in the background. Although the lake is dry this time of the year, it fills up during the wetter months and remains a significant year-round wetland for resident and migratory wildlife. The wetland and grasses provide essential water and nutrition, particularly during the current dry conditions. More than 350 animal species are known to inhabit the vegetative communities found here, including pronghorn antelope, mountain lion, elk, mule deer, black bear, badger, northern goshawk, threatened Mexican spotted owl, neotropical migratory birds, bald eagles, golden eagles, Merriam’s turkey, Mexican vole, and several species of bats. The areas surrounding Camp Navajo including Rogers Lake provides a vast wildlife corridor for many species that migrate from summer ranges on the San Francisco Peaks to access fall and winter food sources in Oak Creek Canyon and habitats found along the Mogollon Rim.
Camp Navajo directly borders Rogers Lake along its entire northern edge. When the installation was established in 1942 as a World War II depot and armory, there was no threat of development. However, as the City of Flagstaff has grown, it is prudent to ensure that the base is buffered from development. Today this installation serves as a high elevation-training center capable of accommodating battalion sized units of 300-1000 soldiers. Weapons, aircraft, and vehicles used in training create noise, dust, and smoke, which would be a nuisance to those living near the boundary of the installation and could limit the base’s ability to meet training and testing requirements. Additionally, Camp Navajo is committed to protecting the natural resources found on the base and surrounding landscape to provide quality habitat for the abundant wildlife, both resident and migratory, which depend on the resources.
At CALT, we are excited to participate in a program to protect the mission at Camp Navajo while conserving high value natural resources. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved: for Camp Navajo’s need for a buffer zone while enhancing wildlife habitat and public enjoyment for future generations.
“Rogers Lake is the centerpiece of Coconino County’s vision for a large, protected wetland landscape that supports incomparable opportunities for outdoor education and research, watchable wildlife programs, interpretation of historic and prehistoric sites, and low-impact recreation.”
~ FORMER PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR, TODD GRAEFF
The Central Arizona Land Trust is an Arizona nonprofit corporation and is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) and a qualifying organization under Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code for the acceptance of conservation easements.
Central Arizona Land Trust
PO Box 1050
Prescott, AZ, 86302
Office Location: 1577 Plaza W. Dr., Prescott, AZ 86303
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