Gila Watershed Partnership March 2016 Newsletter
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Greenlee County Cattle Growers
By the Menges Family

Ben, Luke, Jeff and Suzanne Menges​ at their ranch in Greenlee County.

     Well-managed grazing operations have proven to provide benefits to the environment.  By developing and implementing a comprehensive management plan, beef producers can help conserve and restore grasslands, riparian areas and other ecosystems.  The Menges Family will be discussing the important role of beef production in our state's environment and economy at the next GWP meeting March 9th at 7pm in the General Services Buidling, 921 Thatcher Blvd, Safford, Arizona.  

Current Project Updates

Restoring the Upper
Gila River

  • Chainsaw crews and the excavator mulching operation are in full swing. 
  • Working at the Pima Bridge site, including re-treating tamarisk re-sprouts. 
  • Active re-vegetation is also occurring, as willow bundles are being planted at a site in Ft. Thomas, and plants are being prepared at the greenhouse for off-season planting efforts.


Growing with the Gila Native Plant Nursery

  • The Gila Valley Health & Science Fair was a hit on February 27th. We made seed balls at the nursery. 
  • EAC revamped cooling system in preparation for summer heat.
  • A formal partnership with Borderlands Restoration was created to help implement the National Seed Strategy regionally in Arizona. 

Arizona Gives Day is right around the corner. Last year we raised $1495, which helped fund the Gila River restoration project. This year we hope to raise more than double that amount to continue our efforts in the Gila Watershed. Make a pledge to support the GWP this AZ Gives Day on April 5th. 

Giving is easy, just follow this link to DONATE.

Botanical Etymology of the Gila Watershed

Oenothera primiveris, or bottle evening-primrose is a lower elevation annual pollinated primarily by hawkmoths. To catch a glimpse of the flowers, an evening or early morning spring hike of the desert is required since it only blooms at night.
Oenothera, Greek oinos, wine, and therao, to seek, to imbibe; wine-drinking or wine-seeking, alluding to the fact that the root of Oenothera biennis was used to flavor wine.
primiveris, Latin primus, first, and ver (genitive veris), spring; first of spring, early flowering, spring flowering.
Etymology Source: Allred, Kelly W. (2012). Flora Neomexicana II: Glossarium Nominum Second Edition

Thank you to our Partners:

AZ Department of Agriculture 
AZ Department of Environmental Quality
AZ Department of Transportation
AZ Game and Fish Department
AZ State Land Department
City of Safford
Eastern Arizona College
Farm Bureau
Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
Gila Valley Irrigation District
Gila Valley NRCD
Graham County
Graham County Chamber of Commerce
Greenlee County
Greenlee County Cattle Growers
Natural Resource Conservation Service
Southwest Decision Resources
Tamarisk Coalition
Town of Clifton
Town of Duncan
Town of Pima
Town of Thatcher
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service – Apache-Sitgreaves and Coronado
U of A Cooperative Extension
U of A Water Resource Research Center
And many Community Members

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Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 1614 Thatcher, AZ 85552

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