The Science Advisory Committee of the Malpai Borderlands Group is composed of scientists specializing in disciplines ranging from botany to zoology.
Did you know?
- Malpai ranchers have cooperated with scientists to inventory the region’s rich biodiversity — including the most diverse lizard fauna in the US.
- The Malpai region has the most extensive network of long-term vegetation monitoring plots in the Southwest. The data collected helps ranchers and public land managers to improve ongoing grassland restoration efforts.
- The Malpai science program maintains over 200 monitoring plots to provide baseline data on the ecology of the region. Other research efforts focus on specific taxa like the tiny Cochise pincushion cactus.
LINKS TO RELATED WEBSITES
The Jornada- Arid Lands Research Programs - http://jornada.nmsu.edu/portals/malpai
The Cuencos Los Ojos Foundation - http://www.cuencalosojos.org/
Jaguar Book - http://www.jaguarbook.com/
Northern Jaguar Project - https://www.northernjaguarproject.org/
Malpai Borderlands Group 2016 Annual Science Conference
The 2016 Malpai Borderlands Group Science Conference will be held Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at the Chiricahua Mountain Event Center just north of Rodeo, New Mexico. We have an excellent group of speakers this year and a full agenda with something for everyone. Lunch will be available at the Event Center, as well as at several local venues (the Rodeo Tavern, Rodeo Grocery and the Portal Store). We are indebted to Dr. Richard Knight for his tireless efforts to put together the agenda for this year’s conference.
The Event Center is located on NM Hwy 80 about three miles north of the town of Rodeo. It is a 50-minute drive from Douglas, Arizona, and about the same from Lordsburg, New Mexico. In addition Bob and Sheri Ashley have provided a list of lodging available in the Portal/Rodeo area, for those that would prefer to stay closer.
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on January 5th!
2016 MBG Science Meeting – January 5, 2016, Rodeo, New Mexico
Keynote Speakers: Tom Sheridan on his new book “Stitching the West Back Together” AND Nathan Sayre on the “History of Grazing in Western North America”
Kris Havsted (Jornada Experimental Range Station) – “Demographic and land use changes in the Malpai Region since 1990”
Doug Tolleson (University of Arizona, V Bar V Ranch) – The ins and outs of planning for drought for ranch families
Dennis and Deb Moroney (47 Ranch) – One ranch family’s story about planning for succession
Denny Iversen and Jennifer Schoonen, (Blackfoot Challenge) – How can rancher-led collaboratives move into the future: dealing with succession and change
Ken Mirr (Mirr Ranch Group) – Conservation buyers: the logical alternative to subdivisions
Lodging for the Portal/Rodeo area
Chiricahua Mountain Lodge
5 Apartments Brand New Fully Furnished total 36 1 Mile
Portal Peak Lodge
16 rooms sleep 2 people each total 32 7 miles
Myrtle Kraft Cottage
2 rooms sleep up to 4 people each total 8 7 miles
Cave Creek Ranch
10 cabins sleep up to 38 people total 38 8 miles
Mountain Shadows Getaway
2 beds total 4 7 miles
Mountain Valley Lodge and RV Park
2 rooms & and 2 cabins sleeps total 10 2 miles
Rusty’s RV Park
1 rental trailer and 40 full hookup sites total 82 4 miles
Birders B & B
2 Apt sleep 2 each total 4 8 miles
Casa Adobe B & B
1 cabin sleeps 4 total 4 2 miles
SW Research Station
Dorm style and cabins total 90 12 miles
The George Walker House
2 beds total 3 12 miles
Silver Peak Casita Total 3 7 Miles
Best Western Hotel Douglas, AZ
27 single king, 20 double queen,
20 king suites, 2 king Jacuzzi suites total 111 55 miles
Four Bar Cottages
121 W. Portal Rd.,
Portal, AZ 85632
Cottages with or without kitchenettes, located in the shadows of the Chiricahua Mountains.
Camping in the Chiricahua Mountains
All camp sites allow a maximum of 10 people per site and two vehicles.
Stewart Camp Ground 6 camp sites 9 miles
Sunny Flat Camp Ground 12 camp sites 10 miles
Rustlers Park Camp Ground 22 camp sites 15 miles