The Altar Valley Conservation Alliance is a collaborative conservation organization founded in 1995, and incorporated as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Just southwest of Tucson, Arizona, the Altar Valley comprises approximately 610,000 acres of Sonoran desert grassland, some of the most biologically rich and ecologically threatened biotic communities in the world. Private ranches work side by side with federal, state and local agencies to manage the valley, which is the largest unfragmented watershed in Pima County, outside of the Tohono O’odham Nation to the west.
Management of Velvet mesquite in Southeastern Arizona
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In an effort to promote healthy rangelands and restore diverse grasslands in southeastern Arizona, a coalition of Conservation Partners was formed about 4-5 years ago. Operationally the Border Project includes both a working team and an advisory group. Partners in the project include conservationists with the USDA NRCS, BLM, Arizona State Land Department, Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and various Private members associated with conservation districts (NRCD), among others. Those working on this project have largely been active since its inception.