The Altar Valley Conservation Alliance is a model for others, bringing together community stakeholders in common pursuit of environmentally responsible land uses. Non-partisan and solidly grounded in community, they are a great resource and deserve all the support they can get.
I'm proud that our ranch, Elkhorn Ranch, is an Altar Valley Conservation Alliance partner. Working with AVCA provides a great way for us to interact with neighboring ranches and many partner organizations in a positive constructive way.
The AVCA is a non-profit group of agricultural producers in the Altar Valley whose purpose is to conserve and protect the valley for future generations, leaving them with a healthy and functioning ecological and economic watershed. At present, we are trying to heal the wash system in the valley with small rock structures in the tributaries to help repair the Brawley wash and restore the flow of water in the valley floor to it's historic state (sheeting across the valley floor). We have also created a watershed wide fire plan to re-instate fire to the valley to invigorate and restore native grasses.
I work for the Alliance, and I also live in the Altar Valley. The Alliance does great work and is really a unifying force among those with a common goal: keeping the valley open for future generations.
Well, actually my story is already on the home page of the Alliance and I sure am proud of it. For it shows how well everyone is working and doing for keeping a clean environment in our local Conservation Alliance Area.And since honeybees have ben used as sniffer dogs for locating toxic materials that hurt the environment, it shows seeing no pesticides for over 171 tested for, how clean everyone is running with their ranches and farmes out here. Also with recent testing for digestive gut bacteria problems and none really found, but instead showing my bees having good digestive gut bacteria instead and best in USA, I sure am proud of the areas I keep my honeybees within and all the efforts those with the Conservation Alliance do for helping that to happen, while working with others from various university groups. For it shows a great organization that brings many different types of organizations together for one cause," or "working together for the next generation to enjoy our beautiful valley," while helping to keep many endangered species alive, including our native honebees in so much trouble from CCD today, which I am not having problems with; and must be linked to having a clean environment to work with due to the efforts of the Alliance AGain, plus my own efforts too.
The Alliance mission is to have "ranchers and other agriculturalists work collaboratively as the AVCA with our partners to leave the next generation with an economically and biologically productive watershed, a thriving agricultural community, and rural life enriched by the culture and history of the Altar Valley." The Alliance is devoted to the vision of "conserving the Altar Valley for future generations." Putting its money, time and energy where its mouth is, AVCA has gathered ranchers, conservationists, government agencies, academics, scientific researchers and the general public, engaging all stakeholders in our County's future to work towards a healthy ranchlands ecosystem that allows Arizona's arid lands wildlife to flourish.
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