Conservation

The Cascabel Conservation Association conserves and stewards 600 acres in the uplands of a major watershed (Hot Springs) of the central San Pedro River in southeastern Arizona. We are also a one-third owner of the the 130-acre Baicatcan parcel at the confluence of the San Pedro River and Hot Springs Wash.  Situated between the Galiuro and Winchester mountains to the east, and the Catalina and Rincon mountains to the west, Cascabel Conservation Association land lies on the eastern perimeter of the Sonoran Desert.

Although the land is in the Sonoran Desert, it is also proximate to the Chihuahuan desert grasslands, as well as the basin and range “sky islands” of SE Arizona and SW
New Mexico that connect the semi-tropical mountains of the Sierra Madres with
the temperate zones of the Rocky Mountains. As a result, there is a great diversity of plant and animal life in this region. Evidence of this was the naming of the San Pedro River, Arizona’s last remaining undammed river, as one of The Nature Conservancy’s “Last Great Places,” and as one of the premier birding areas in the continental United States.

For more information on the natural history of this area see:

Saguaro-Juniper Association
www.saguaro-juniper.com

The Nature Conservancy
http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/arizona/placesweprotect/san-pedro-river.xml

World Wildlife Federation
(ecoregion information)
www.worldwildlife.org/wildworld/profiles/terrestrial/na/na1310_full.html

The Cascabel Conservation Association is a member of the Land Trust Alliance, the largest association of land trusts in North America. The Land Trust Alliance “promotes voluntary land conservation and strengthens the land conservation movement, leadership,
information, skills and resources land trusts need to conserve land for the benefit of communities and natural systems.”

The Cascabel Conservation Association subscribes to the Land Trust Alliance’s “Land Trust Standards and Practices” which are the ethical and technical guidelines for the
responsible operation of a land trust.

The Cascabel Conservation Association can hold conservation easements and is currently working with local landowners to acquire conservation easements in Hot Springs Canyon for the purpose of completing a wildlife corridor linking the Galiuro and Winchester mountains to the east with the San Pedro River and the Catalina and Rincon mountains to the west.

As with most Cascabel Conservation Association programs and activities, the conservation easement work is done by committed volunteers. The Association maintains a Conservation Easement Stewardship Fund to cover associated costs such as legal transactions, monitoring and enforcement. As with all Association finances, this fund is dependent on donations, which are always welcomed. To make a tax-deductible
donation, contact us.

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