District Meeting Notice
Date, Time, Location:
2nd Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October, & December
Next meeting is October 19, 2021 at 5:00PM via teleconference
Dial in: (515) 604-9099
Announcement & Agenda:
Agenda & Minutes Physically Posted Here:
23805 E. Redfield Canyon Rd. Benson, AZ 85602
About the District
The Redington Natural Resource Conservation District (NRCD) was established in 1947, and covers about 40 miles along the San Pedro River, exteding an average of 5-8 miles on either side, encompassing about 290,381 acres in Southern Arizona. District boundaries include parts of four counties: Cochise, Pima, Pinal, and Graham.
Vegetation ranges from Sonoran Desert Shrub and Chihuahua Desert Grassland at the lower elevations to Liveoak Woodland and Pine-Oak Forest at higher elevations. Along the channel of the San Pedro River are found gallery forests of cottonwoods, willow, and salt cedar, while the side-terraces of the River support bosques or forests of mesquite trees. In major tributaries, such as Hot Springs, Paige, Redington, and other canyons, sycamore, ash, walnut, desert willows and other riparian trees and shrubs are common. Sections of many of the side canyons and certain sections of the San Pedro River run water year-round in most years.
Because of the diversity of vegetation the District supports a wide variety of wildlife. Mule deer are found in the lower elevations and whitetails at higher levels. Javelina and coyotes are common. Other animals include bighorn sheep, mountain lions, rabbits, raccoons, badgers, coatimundi, skunks, and foxes. Bird life, both resident and migratory, is abundant, especially along riparian corridors.
The objective of the Redington NRCD is to provide leadership in promoting the conservation of all natural resources within the District. Throughout the Redington District there are few remaining ranching and farming properties. Farmland is used for crop and/or hay production as well as irrigated pasture. Using farm fields for irrigated pasture allows for rest and rotation of rangelands throughout the growing season for best management practices. Recurrent droughts continue to affect forage production, but conservation planning has lead to better management on what large ranches remain.
Land use in the District is not restricted to traditional farming and ranching. At least one ranch in the district is actively managing mesquite forests along the valley bottom for lumber production and firewood cutting. Firewood cutting also occurs in other areas of the district but generally for private use and not commercial purposes. Also, several areas along the river have been populated with bee boxes (read more below). This has proven to be important for local agricultural operations and the general function of the various ecological processes in the area.
Recreation, hunting, and off-road use has increased within the district in the last 20 years due to the increased population pressure of nearby metropolitan areas, decreased access to state and federal lands in other districts, and the general increase in off-road vehicle recreation.
As in many rural communities in Arizona’s Conservation Districts, virtually all subdivision that has occurred in the southern half of the district is a result of large ranches going out of production and being sold for residential purposes. This has affected a large area of land, principally along the San Pedro Corridor, but it has not reached the high densities and small lot sizes typically associated with the term “subdivision”.
As part of the Redington District’s goals, Coordinated Resource Management Plans/Ranch Management Plans are encouraged for agricultural operations. Education workshops are sponsored by the District to address small acreage conservation planning.
Flood & Erosion Control
Improved Farming & Irrigation Practices
Improved Rangeland Management
Improved Wildlife Habitat
Primary Resource Concerns
Water Availability, Quantity, & Quality
Noxious and Invasive Plants
Land Ownership Types
Redington NRCD comprises 288,015 acres with over 200,000 under conservation management plans and/or are using conservation practices. Only 15.4% are privately owned. Land ownership breakdown is as follows:
- Federal: 77,065 acres
- State Trust: 68,167 acres
- Private: 45,149 acres
- Elevation: 2,650 ft. on the San Pedro River between Redington and San Manuel to 8,600 ft. at the top of the Rincon Mountain Range between the San Pedro and Tucson.
- Terrain: Extremely rugged, characterized by deep tributary canyons and washes.
- Precipitation: Average of 12” annually, varying with elevation.
Redington Conservation Education Center
The Redington Conservation Education Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is funded by the State of Arizona from sources such as the Environmental License plate fund. It is also funded by the NRCD and through tax-deductible donations from individuals and from grants. The Education Center is governed by the NRCD Board of Directors and other individuals appointed to the Board.
As employed by the Redington NRCD, environmental education consists of educational programs for school children, landowners and the general public to explain how the natural environment functions and how rational land management can provide economic and aesthetic benefits to people while protecting ecological productivity and environmental quality for the future.
Board of Directors
- Andrew Smallhouse, Chairman
- Jess Barry, Vice-Chairman
- Chris Fletcher, Supervisor
- Joel Maloney, Supervisor
- Kean Brown, Supervisor