Sustainable ranching for the future
The goal of the Aravaipa Watershed Conservation Alliance is to preserve and
sustain the Aravaipa Valley’s natural landscapes by means of watershed and
rangeland restoration. The AWCA will create a renewed environment that
supports wildlife, grassroots community education, and a holistic agricultural
environment, all while limiting fragmented lands to promote a complete and
functioning landscape for current and future generations.
Open space ranching is a critical component of the AWCA’s work. We believe in the importance of sustainable agriculture to enhance wildlife and restore native plants while still assuring a valuable product for generations to come. We want to preserve grassland and open spaces by both preventing and finding partners to reverse fragmentation. We believe we can work towards long range goals of stabilizing soils and preventing erosion.
The boundary of the of the watershed is 320,684 acres, but the working area extends that acreage to 381,272 acres and could grow if more lands are included for open space protection. The land ownership is a combination of private lands, BLM, Arizona State Trust Lands and US Forest Service lands which include both the Galiuro and Santa Teresa Wilderness areas. The AWCA believes the best method for public conservation lies within the private sector with the AWCA coordinating plans that unite the entire landscape.