Science on the Sonoita Plain Symposium 2019
|County||Santa Cruz (AZ1154)|
Santa Cruz (AZ1154)
The Science on the Sonoita Plain Symposium has been held annually for the last 10 years to share results of scientific investigations and land management activities occurring within the upper watersheds of Cienega Creek, Sonoita Creek, and the Babocomari River. The 2019 symposium is our 11th year promoting exchange among scientists, land managers, local landowners, interested citizens, and students about the unique and diverse resources of the Sonoita Plain. The Symposium is co-sponsored by the Cienega Watershed Partnership, the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, the University of Arizona, Sonoran Institute, and the Bureau of Land Management. This year, our topical panel will be organized by Pima County Natural Resources, Parks, and Recreation, with presentations providing an overview of the County’s historical role in conservation and monitoring, highlighting ideas that go beyond the traditional constituencies. Pima County has a long history of land conservation in the Cienega Valley, acquiring land in the 1980s for flood control, most significantly the Cienega Creek Natural Preserve. Following the adoption of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan in 2001, Pima County has ramped up acquisition efforts in the valley to include lands used for ranches, recreation, and conservation.
In addition to land management, Pima County has led monitoring efforts focused on water resources, wildlife populations, and wildlife habitat. The session will include presentations on land acquisition, water monitoring, range management, conservation planning, and cultural resources, and will be followed by an open panel discussion with presenters. Note that this year the Symposium will be held at the Sonoita County Fairgrounds, just south of the junction of Highways 82 and 83 in Sonoita. While the Symposium is free, please note that space is limited, so we encourage you to register early to reserve your place. Registration also guarantees that you will receive regular announcements, updates, and the agenda for the event. We hope you'll join us on June 22nd. Questions? Contact Larry Fisher, Cienega Watershed Partnership/University of Arizona at firstname.lastname@example.org .