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Regional Director Tuggle visits Southern Arizona
Southwest Region, October 31, 2006
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Dr. Tuggle travelled to southern Arizona, and joined Duane Shroufe, Director of Arizona Game and Fish Department, to meet with Pima County, the City of Tucson, and the Town of Marana to discuss their on-going habitat conservation planning processes.  The discussions focused on the progress that the jurisdictions have already made, areas in which they can further collaborate, and potential FWS funding opportunities.  To date, Pima County has already begun implementation of guidelines for development projects within their conservation lands system and acquisition of mitigation lands with $174 million from their 2004 open space bond.  The City of Tucson is hoping to pass new ordinances this week for protection of washes.  Areas of collaboration among the jurisdictions include projects to control invasive species, restoration of the Santa Cruz River, and ensuring that ordinances and other implementing mechanisms are consistent across jursidictional boundaries.  Dr. Tuggle and Mr. Shroufe also visited with the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance, a ranching group in Pima County.  Discussions focused on the efforts that  AVCA has undertaken to reverse erosion along the Altar Wash, education events with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and their work with FWS, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and others to develop a fire management plan.

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



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