03.1.14

Friends of the San Pedro River Recognized for 10,000 Hours of Volunteer Support

Friends of the San Pedro River were surprised in early February with special recognition from BLM Director Neil Kornze, who thanked members of the group for providing over 10,000 hours of volunteer support in 2013 for resource management planning education forums and other interpretative, public outreach and maintenance programs at the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, in southern Arizona.

Director Kornze, Arizona State Director Raymond Suazo, and other BLM staff from the state and national offices toured San Pedro House, where visitors gather for organized tours, can take a break for lunch at picnic tables, or browse a bookstore run by the Friends. From there the group walked to the San Pedro River and took in the sites.

BLM Director Neil Kornze talks with Ron Stewart of Friends of the San Pedro River, during a recent tour of the region.

BLM Director Neil Kornze talks with Ron Stewart of Friends of the San Pedro River, during a recent tour of the region. (Photo by Ron Serviss)

Conservation Lands Foundation staff extend our hearty congratulations and thank you to Friends of the San Pedro River’s Executive Director Robert Weissler, Board President Ron Serviss, Communications Coordinator Eva Nagy, all the group’s board members, and the numerous members and volunteers who contribute their time and effort to this great place.

The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area consists of nearly 57,000 acres, where some 40 miles of the upper San Pedro River meanders. It was designated by Congress in 1988 to protect and enhance the desert riparian ecosystem, a rare remnant of what was once an extensive network of similar riparian systems throughout the American Southwest. It is home to great wildlife habitat, especially for migratory birds, and contains archaeological sites of human occupation that date from 13,000 years ago.

Visit Friends of the San Pedro River’s website to see just how a group reaches that “10,000-volunteer-hours-in-a-year” milestone. You’ll find news about bird walks, outreach to schools, education forums, fundraising events, Wild and Scenic film festival, scoping letters, public lectures, Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Month events, and much more. (And don’t forget to like’em on Facebook).