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Groundwater Policy Statement

Groundwater Policy Statement

As an environmental group pledged to protect intact habitats and natural resources, CRC acknowledges that groundwater pumping for industrial scale agriculture and mining poses very real threats to underground aquifers and the health of riparian habitats. Wildlife and human communities depend on reliable water resources. Aquifers are being over exploited in many parts of the…

Peloncillo Firescape Comments Due Fri., March 15

Peloncillo Firescape Comments Due Fri., March 15

The 30-day window to comment on the Forest Service’s draft environmental assessment for their proposed Peloncillo Firescape Project closes March 15. The Chiricahua Regional Council (CRC) recognizes the need for public land managers to address the threats posed by wildland fire. In our age of climate change, this has grown in importance. Although the CRC…

Peloncillo Firescape Draft Environmental Assessment

Peloncillo Firescape Draft Environmental Assessment

The Coronado NF just released the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Peloncillo Firescape project. This plan will determine how the Forest Service manages the vegetation and watersheds in the National Forest portion of the Peloncillo Mountains for the next 20+ years. The 30 day comment period will end on March 15. Here is a summary…

Musings of a Past President

Musings of a Past President

by Wynne Brown Waaaay back in 2008, I was living in Whitetail Canyon when I received a phone call from CRC’s then-President, Dick Zweifel. “We’d like to invite you to a Chiricahua Regional Council Board meeting,” he said.“Oh, OK, hold on—” I replied. “Let me go get Hedley for you.” After all, my now-ex-husband (or…

New CRC leadership at CRC

New CRC leadership at CRC

CRC held its annual meeting on January 26, and the board has elected new officers. Elly van Gelderen is the new Secretary. Michele Lanan served in that position for several years and moves to the Advisory Council. Curt Bradley became the Vice President. Former VP Dirk Sigler is our new President. Wynne Brown (President 2012…

A tribute to Wynne Brown

A tribute to Wynne Brown

The Chiricahua Regional Council has been extremely fortunate to have had Wynne Brown at the helm the past 12 years. Wynne’s leadership has been crucial to maintaining the council’s mission as a vital conservation group in the region. She is stepping aside as CRC’s president, effective immediately, to devote more time to new projects. She…

ACTION ALERT: Comments on Gila-San Simon Travel Management Plan due 12/26

ACTION ALERT: Comments on Gila-San Simon Travel Management Plan due 12/26

TIME SENSITIVE ACTION ALERT: The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on an environmental review for the Gila-San Simon Travel Management Plan (TMP), a proposed travel management plan covering 951,842 acres of BLM-managed public lands in the Gila-San Simon areas. More information this proposal is available here. The public comment period has been…

New Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni National Monument

New Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni National Monument

Wild Arizona, a partner with CRC in conservation and trailwork, announces today’s proclamation by President Biden, establishing the new Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument. The new Monument surrounds the existing National Park, and protects the region and its tribal lands from threats such as that posed by…