James Parks | San Pedro River
As Arizona’s population has increased, so has its water use, which means many of our state’s rivers are in danger of running dry. A new project in Cochise County, though, is aiming to keep one of them flowing.
As Arizona Public Media reports, the county and The Nature Conservancy have joined forces to build a series of retention basins in the land near the San Pedro River. The basins will slow down the flow of rainwater out of the Huachuca Mountains, allowing more of it to seep into the aquifers that feed the river.
The $2.5 million project aims to keep the river flowing even during the dry season. If it’s successful, it’s hoped that the project will spur similar efforts elsewhere in the state.
The Nature Conservancy’s Holly Richter is featured prominently in Arizona Public Media’s story. To learn more about Richter, check out our profile of her, which appeared in our March issue.
Courtesy of The Nature Conservancy | Ed Mell, “Pine Cone”
You’ve likely heard of The Nature Conservancy … you know, the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people? But did you know this wonderful group also has a gallery in Old Town Scottsdale? True story and here’s why you should visit this little gem. Through May 31, The Nature Conservancy gallery is showcasing its newest exhibit, Restoring Arizona’s Forests. The exhibit is designed to illuminate the story of Arizona’s forests and the efforts made to restore them to health.
“With the closest ponderosa pine forest two hours away, we’re hopeful this exhibit will raise awareness about the poor condition of Arizona’s forests and the Conservancy’s new model for restoring forest health,” says Patrick Graham, the Conservancy director for Arizona.
Restoring Arizona’s Forests also explores the important role of Arizona forests in the Phoenix watershed and explains the collaborative Four Forest Restoration Initiative, the largest forest thinning project ever, with 300,000 acres treated over the next 10 years.
The gallery includes forest-related art by recognizable artists, including Ed Mell, Mitch Fry, Hayley Smith, Todd Hoyer Roger Asay, Rebecca Davis and Christopher Brown.
Best of all, this exhibit is free. So hurry and visit before May 31.
Information: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is located at 7056 East Main Street, Suite 2 in Scottsdale.