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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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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NEWS, MEETINGS AND WORKSHOPS

 High Country News; Why being a good neighbor is a good idea

 The Nature Conservancy Magazine; New Life in the Badlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

MALPAI NEWSLETTERS

Following are links to past issues of the 
Malpai Borderlands Group Newsletters 
from 1994 to the present year. 
Please click here to read the newsletters.

Malpai Borderlands Group Brochure


MALPAI BORDERLANDS GROUP SCIENCE CONFERENCE

UPCOMING EVENTS

 2019 Science Conference

Malpai Borderlands Group

January 8, 2019

Geronimo Event Center, Rodeo, New Mexico

9:00 AM         Welcome and Introductions:  Rich Winkler, Executive Director, Malpai Borderlands Group

9:15 AM         Keynote: Building Management-Science Partnerships: The Collaborative Adaptive Rangeland Management (CARM) Project  USDA.  Dr. Hailey Wilmer, Northern Plains Climate Hub Fellow, ARS Rangeland Resources and Systems Research Unit Fort Collins, CO.

10:15 AM       Shrub Encroachment, Landscape Restoration, and Wildlife Responses in the Chihuahuan Desert.  Dr. Bob Schooley Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Co-PI, Jornada Basin LTER Program

11:30 AM       Researchers and Ranchers Collaborating to Inform Rangeland Management and Conservation in California.  Dr. Sheila Barry, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension, San Francisco Bay Area 

12:15 PM       Lunch Break

1:45 PM         Restore NM:  How We Got Here, What We Are Learning, and Where Do We Go From Here?  Lane Hauser, Restore/Range Improvement Coordinator and Leticia Lister, Supervisory Rangeland Management Specialist, BLM Las Cruces District Office

2:30 PM         Chemical Brush Management in the Malpai Borderlands. Gerry Gonzales, Brush Management Coordinator, Nutrien Ag Solutions

3:15 PM         Relationships Between Grass and Mesquite Cover Based on Long- term Data: Implications for Restoration Opportunities. Dr. Elise Gornish?Cooperative Extension Specialist?University of Arizona.

4:00 PM         Wrap Up.  Dr. Nathan Sayre, University of California, Berkeley

4:30 PM        Adjourn



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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