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Arizona ES Staff assist NCTC course on Conserving Endangered Species on Non-Federal Lands
Southwest Region, April 22, 2005
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Eight Arizona Ecological Services Office (AESO) staff members, representing all three ecological services offices in Arizona, participated in the Conserving Endangered Species on Non-Federal Lands course presented by the National Conservation Training Center from April 11-22 in Tucson, Arizona. John Antonio, from the Southwestern Regional Office, and Robert Mesta from Sonoran Joint Ventures, also participated. Participation included instruction of sessions, presentation of case studies, invitation of additional presenters, coordination of the field trip, and vehicular support.

Sherry Barrett (Assistant Field Supervisor, Tucson sub-office) taught a module on Habitat Conservation Planning. Mima Falk (Plant Ecologist, Tucson sub-office) presented a case study on a Pima pineapple cactus (Coryphantha scheeri var. robustispina) conservation bank. Marty Tuegel (Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Tucson Sub-office) presented a case study on Chiricahua leopard frog (Rana chiricahuensis) safe harbor agreements. Doug Duncan (Fisheries Biologist, Tucson Sub-office) organized and led the lengthy and comprehensive field trip to visit various Partners for Fish and Wildlife and other program restoration and enhancement sites. Kris Randall (Partners for Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Phoenix Ecological Services Office) taught a session on the Partners for Fish and Wildlife program, and also drove a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service vehicle for the field trip. Doug Duncan and Jason Douglas (Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Tucson Sub-office) and Dave Smith (Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Flagstaff Sub-office) also drove vehicles.

The training course included a diverse group of instructors from across the United States. Tucson staff also secured the participation of guest speakers and subject-area experts from the Tucson area, including Dr. Selso Villegas of the Tohono O?odham Nation; Maeveen Behan, Esq., and Jean Emery, Esq., of Pima County; and Diana Freshwater of the Arizona Open Land Trust. The course received excellent participant reviews, and AESO staff were recognized by NCTC Director Lemmon for their contributions.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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