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Coal Mine Springs Acquired with Section 6 money
Southwest Region, February 24, 2005
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On February 24, 2005, the acquisition of the Coal Mine Springs property was celebrated at Patagonia State Park by the acquisition partners and invited guests. The Arizona Game & Fish Department acquired 1,900 acres of desert grassland, riparian communities, and most importantly, a perennial stream that sustains one of the few remaining natural populations of the endangered Gila topminnow in the United States. Arizona Game and Fish Department contributed $1.5 million from the Heritage Fund, the Service contributed $750,000 from the Section 6 Recovery Land Acquisition grant program, and the seller (Salero Ranch) significantly discounted the sales price. The Trust for Public Land contributed greatly to the acquisition by acting as negotiatior and broker. The area, owned by Arizona Game & Fish Department, will be managed by Arizona State Parks. The Coal Mine Springs area abuts Patagonia Lake State Park and the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area. The Coal Mine topminnow population is part of a metapopulation that also includes Fresno Canyon and Sonoita Creek in the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area. Other listed and sensitive species may benefit from the acquisition and mangement of the area, including the proposed endangered Gila chub, endangered lesser long-nosed bat, candidate yellow-billed cuckoo, threatened Chiricahua leopard frog, threatened Mexican spotted owl, and other native fishes.

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