MALPAI BORDERLANDS GROUP

OUR MISSION

Our goal is to restore and maintain the natural processes that create and protect a healthy, unfragmented landscape to support a diverse, flourishing community of human, plant and animal life in our borderlands region.

Together, we will accomplish this by working to encourage profitable ranching and other traditional livelihoods, which will sustain the open space nature of our land for generations to come.

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IN MEMORY OF WENDY GLENN

This past month we were shocked and saddened when one of our founders, Wendy Glenn, passed away suddenly at the age of 73.  The virulence of the cancer that took Wendy's life so quickly gave us little chance to reflect on just how integral she was to everything that makes the Malpai Borderlands Group what it is.

Wendy filled many roles for Malpai, but none more important than hosting the many visitors that passed through the Malpai Borderlands and experienced what one observer described as "the strength of her gracious hospitality".

Wendy was a rancher, leader, amateur archeologist, naturalist, business partner, wife, mother and grandmother.  A longtime friend of the Malpai Borderlands Group described her this way:  "Wendy loved. She loved the land and the history of the land, both as a noble heritage and a practical pursuit.  She loved achievements in the cause of doing things right.  Wendy loved Malpai."

She will be missed. 


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SCHOLARSHIPS

In July of 2010 the Board of Directors of the Malpai Borderlands Group voted to establish a scholarship fund, in the memory of former Malpai Board Member Rob Krentz, to assist worthy high school graduates in the Malpai Borderlands region with furthering their education.

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MALPAI NEWSLETTERS

Following are links to past issues of the

Malpai Borderlands Group Newsletters

from 1994 to the present year.

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WHO WE ARE

We are a grassroots, landowner-driven nonprofit organization attempting to implement ecosystem management on nearly one million acres of virtually unfragmented open-space landscape in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico.

The Malpai Borderlands area includes the San Bernardino Valley, the Peloncillo Mountains, the Animas Valley and the Animas Mountains. It is roughly pyramid shaped, with the base of the pyramid beginning just east of Douglas, Arizona along the Mexican Border to just west of Antelope Wells, New Mexico. The apex is just south of Animas, New Mexico.

With elevations ranging from 3500 to 8500 feet, the Malpai is a diverse area of mountains, canyons, valleys and riparian corridors. Several rare, threatened, and endangered plant and animal species are found here. It is the only place in the U.S. where Gould's turkey and white-sided jackrabbits occur naturally. It is also home to popular big-game species such as Coues deer, mule deer, pronghorn and Desert Bighorn sheep.

Perhaps the most remarkable feature of this huge landscape is that fewer than 100 human families reside on it. Many of the families who live here have been here for generations. Except for two small wildlife preserves, this is cattle ranching country. As ranchers, we have been concerned about a key resource we depend on for our livelihoods and way of life - the diminishing quality of grasslands for grazing. Fragmentation of the landscape, beginning with the subdivision of some ranches in our area, has also been a looming threat.

We formed a nonprofit organization to bring ranchers, scientists, and key agencies together, and today the Malpai Borderlands Group now carries out a series of conservation programs and activities, including land restoration; endangered species habitat protection; cost-sharing range and ranch improvements; and land conservation projects.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our efforts.


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