two-grant funded half-time contract personnel, John Millican with 34 years’ pronghorn experience in SE AZ as our on the ground “Field
Manager” and Rana Tucker with 10 years GIS experience as our GIS Specialist continued their hard work. The AAF conducted 2 volunteer fence
removal/modification projects one on HW 83 South in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Transportation on the southwestern portion of the Sonoita
Plains 3.2 miles as well as 3.0 in the West pasture, and one north of the High Creek county roadway near Bonita Arizona on 3.5 miles. We
conducted multiple and extensive landowner and agency contacts/education and project definition through our Field Manager and Grant Managers efforts.
We continued to build our extensive geo-data base with key layers in pronghorn occupied habitats in SE AZ making 3rd year progress on the Bonita/Allen
Flat/San Bernardino herd zones. As of 2015 we have completed 100% of the GIS work for the Las Cienegas grasslands and Sonoita Plains complex. Coyote
control was utilized for the 2nd year in the Allen Flat and Bonita areas northwest of Wilcox. For the 5th year in a row we conducted a fawn
“saturation survey” on the greater Sonoita Plains with reduced fawn numbers noted due to winter drought we counted a minimum of 243 animals. No
grant caused acres of grassland habitat were restored in this reporting period. Read the entire annual report here
AAF Efforts Pay Big! Thanks to everyone who has helped!
NFWF Grant Extended
The NFWF grant originally awarded in November
of 2011 has been extended for a 2nd time. This time the project received a 2-year time extension through the end of 2019. We continue to spend the have
grants awarded amount of $430. This amount plus our required match (which is running well ahead of the award amount requirement) will put us well past the
$1.2M mark invested over the 8 year project period of 2011-19. We are continuing to see the benefits of our efforts with this project in all three
herd/work zones and population numbers are up measurably since 2011.
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