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Sonoita Valley Planning Partnership's Quivira Coalition Award
Region 0, January 17, 2004
The Sonoita Valley Planning Partnership (SVPP) received the Quivira Coalition's Clarence M. Burch Award in January 2004. The SVPP is the public partnership that BLM used to develop the Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. The SVPP has long been recognized as a model for cooperative planning. In addtion to this award, the BLM is using the SVPP model nationally to guide other planning efforts for the large number of RMP's that BLM must complete. Staff from the FWS Tucson Office have participated in the SVPP since its inception in 1995, and were present for the award ceremony at the Quivira Coalition Conference in Albuquerque. The Clarence Burch Award honors the memory of Clarence Burch, an innovative and enterprising rancher who courageously embraced new ideas and methods of doing business, and who encouraged outstanding stewardship of private and/or public lands by individuals or organizations. The goals of the Burch Award are consistent with the mission of The Quivira Coalition and its New Ranch paradigm, i.e., to explore innovative ideas in ranch management and build bridges between ranchers, environmentalists, public land managers, scientists, and others with the goal of restoring western rangelands collaboratively.

Contact Info: Kevin Painter, , kevin_painter@fws.gov