Cascabel Conservation Association (CCA) is a member of the Land Trust Alliance and the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection. During the past 15 years, CCA has worked cooperatively with the following organizations and agencies on conservation, education and retreat projects:
–The Nature Conservancy
CCA facilitated the acquisition of conservation easements by The Nature Conservancy for the purpose of protecting a wildlife corridor in Hot Springs Canyon. Hot Springs Canyon is a major connecting link between the Galiuro-Winchester Mountain complex and the Rincon Mountains in Saguaro National Park. The Canyon is also home to several Threatened and Endangered fish species.
–U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
CCA worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on a proposed wildlife preserve in the Lower San Pedro Valley. It is currently working with the Service on a plan to restrict illegal ORV use in the San Pedro River bed.
–Cascabel Working Group
CCA members have worked intensely through another community organization, the Cascabel Working Group, to oppose an Interstate 10 bypass and a massive power line corridor that threaten the LSPRV.
Since 2005, CCA and Desert Harvesters of Tucson have had an agreement of mutual assistance at their respective annual mesquite milling events each fall.
–Lower San Pedro Watershed Association
Along with other partners, in the fall of 2012, CCA helped form the Lower San Pedro Watershed Alliance, a collaborative group that unites conservation-minded landowners in the northern and southern ends of the lower San Pedro River Valley.
–Saguaro Juniper Corporation
CCA shares physical borders and a land covenant with the Saguaro Juniper Corporation, a ranching-conservation enterprise in Cascabel. Both organizations also coordinate on land conservation decisions and together manage approximately 10,000 acres of deed land and Arizona State Trust land.
–Cascabel Community Center
CCA hosts its annual mesquite milling festival and other educational events at the Cascabel Community Center (CCC). CCA board meetings are also held at the Cascabel Community Center, and CCA members serve on the CCC board.
Since 1998, CCA has hosted border education groups from Border Links, a Tucson-based organization that connects divided communities, raises awareness about the impact of border and immigration policies, and inspires action for social transformation.
-Friends of the Aravaipa Region
CCA worked closely with the Friends of the Aravaipa Region to form the Lower San Pedro Watershed Alliance. In addition, CCA members have worked through the Cascabel Working Group with the Friends of the Aravaipa Region to protect the valley from large-scale infrastructure projects.
–Presbyterian Young Adult Volunteer Program
Since 2003, CCA has hosted annual retreats for Tucson-based volunteers from the Presbyterian Young Adult Volunteer Program. In recent years, CCA has also been a placement site for volunteers.
–Sleeping Frog Farm
In 2012-2013, CCA coordinated with Sleeping Frog Farm, a local organic grower, to mutually host a volunteer with the Presbyterian Young Adult Volunteer Program.
–Redington and Winkelman Natural Resource Conservation Districts
CCA members have worked closely with the Redington and Winkelman NRCDs through the Cascabel Working Group to oppose an I-10 bypass and a massive power line corridor that threaten the LSPRV. In the past, CCA members have also served on the Board of Supervisors for the Redington NRCD.
For the past two years the CCA has sent members to the Quivera Coalition’s annual conference to network with the coalition and other like-minded groups. Through the Quivera Coalition, Bill Zeedyk, author of “Let the Water Do the Work” came to Cascabel to give a workshop to demonstrate road-building techniques that preserve the land.
–Malpai Borderlands Group
Jim Corbett, one of the principal founders of the Saguaro Juniper Corporation and the Cascabel Conservation Association (formerly the Cascabel Hermitage Association), was instrumental in helping form the Malpai Borderlands Group. In recent years CCA members have attended Malpai Borderlands board meetings, science meetings, and workshops to help build ties between the two groups.
–Altar Valley Conservation Alliance
In the past two years CCA members have also begun attending annual meetings of the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance and have worked to maintain relations with the group. In 2012, members of the Malpai Borderlands Group and the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance conducted a panel for interested valley members on forming collaborative conservation groups.