Rincon Institute
Spring 2006 Newsletter


Conservation Easements

The Rincon Institute assists private landowners with conservation of natural resources, open spaces, wildlife habitat and scenic values. Open space in the Rincon, Vail, and Tanque Verde valleys is what brings many of us to this side of town to live, recreate, visit, and enjoy.

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Conserving Arizona's Future

The effort to reform our State Trust Land system is well underway. The initiative is attempting to change the state constitution regarding State Trust lands. Currently, those lands must be utilized in order to “maximize revenue.”

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Ecology in Focus - The Essence of Life: Water in the Sonoran Desert

For the past 2 months or so, the discussion around the Rincon Institute water cooler for has been about the lack of rain and whether or not there really is enough water to sustain both the growing human settlement of Tucson and the biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert. Our partners at Pima County, Tucson Water, and the ranchers and farmers with whom we work are all anxiously scanning the horizon for what one Arizona rancher calls, “pennies from heaven.”

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Beginning to G.R.O.W...

On a somewhat overcast January morning (yes, overcast, but alas no precipitation), a group of residents from the X9 Ranch development joined the Michelles from the Rincon Institute, and botanists extraordinaire Ray Turner, Carianne Funicelli, and Dana Backer for a morning of weed hunting. Dr. Ray Turner, former Professor of Botany at the University of Arizona, hosted the group on his property and the residents who attended the free workshop were treated to an overview of the noxious weeds growing in and along Rincon Creek and in their own backyards on the old X9 ranchland. The workshop was a part of a partnership project between the National Park Service and the Rincon Institute called Get.Rid.Of.Weeds and Plant Native.

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