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San Rafael Ranch species management
Southwest Region, December 8, 2005
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Personnel from the AESO Endangered Species and Partners programs toured Ross Humphreys' San Rafael Ranch, southeastern Santa Cruz County, Arizona.  The trip had two purposes:  to look at proposed water developments funded by Arizona's Livestock and Crop Conservation Grant program and Partners; and to look at water sites that could be used for listed species conservation.  The ranch presents multiple opportunities to conserve and recover the Sonora tiger salamander, which only occurs in the San Rafael Valley, Gila topminnow, Huachuca water umbel, Gila chub, Chiricahua leopard frog, and Canelo Hills' ladies-tresses. Mr. Humphreys is amenable to using any water site for species conservation, as long as it meshes with his livestock grazing operation and any additional funding needs do not come from the ranch.  AESO personnel will now dicuss species' needs in the San Rafael Valley, conservation opportunities and tools, next steps, and partners and outreach.

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