San Pedro NRCD

District Meeting Notice

Date, Time, Location:

1st Thursday of every month

5:00 PM

NRCD Office - 306 S. Ocotillo Ave., #10A-Benson


Agenda & Minutes Physically Posted Here:

Location Address

About the District

The San Pedro Natural Resource Conservation District (NRCD) provides its community, ranchers, farmers, and local landowners information on conservation programs available through the Farm Bill and other state and private programs including, but not limited to EIP, Water Quality Initiative, Conservation Stewardship Programs, Water Quality, and Working Lands for Wildlife. 

The District area has seen an increase in population and subdivisions due to the growth of nearby urban areas and increase of winter visitors. This has diverted the focus of the District from the traditional emphasis on ranching and farming to concerns over water use and other issues related to the population increase.

The District facilitates securing technical assistance and financial assistance for landowners for fencing, water developments, brush control, and wildlife habitat improvement. It also has an active Environmental Education Center that provides information to the general public and youth organizations on the agricultural industry and the benefits of conservation of water and other resources.

Conservation Practices

  • Upland Vegetation Composition

  • Improved Fencing

  • Grazing Management

  • Water Distribution

  • Improved Irrigation Management & Efficiencies

Primary Resource Concerns

  • Soil Erosion

  • Water Availability, Quantity, & Quality

  • Upland Vegetation

  • Noxious and Invasive Plants

  • Educational Programs

Physical Features

The San Pedro District is located in the middle San Pedro River Valley. The valley supports grassland on the lower slopes and ranges up into oak woodland and some forest on higher mountains. An important resource is the San Pedro riparian system which has gallery forest of cottonwood and willows along with some perennial stretches of the River.

Land Use

Land ownership in the District is a mix of private, state, and federal lands. Land use is primarily for livestock grazing, wildlife habitat, and outdoor recreation.

District Highlights

San Pedro Valley Education Center

The San Pedro NRCD established and sponsors the San Pedro Valley Education Center (SPVEC). The SPVEC provides information to District Cooperators on the various conservation workshops conducted by National Resource Conservation Service, Arizona Association of Conservation Districts, AZ State Land Department, and the University of Arizona to support local landowners/manager and the community in conservation best management practices. The Center also holds rock structure workshops for small parcel landowners to teach about erosion control.

The SPVEC is also an active source of conservation education to the younger members within the community. It funds trips for local schools to Kartchner Caverns where students learn about how a cave is formed, the wildlife and habitat in and around the cave, and how a healthy habitat affects local wildlife and water conservation. There is a week’s preparation for the visit using curriculum which teaches students about the various bats that inhabit the cave, and about cave formations like stalactites, stalagmites, columns, soda straws and cave pearls. A nature hike takes students through the process of identifying plants and various animal tracks.

The SPVEC aslo supplies local schools with cirriculum  and other information about things like Earth Day, recycling, how to keep our environment clean, water conservation, and what they can do to keep our earth healthy. Students are also provided with information around responsible use of Off Highway Vehicles, which includes Arizona All-Terrain Vehicle Laws and how they can avoid negatively impacting our environment by riding their quads, motorcycles, etc. in an effort to teach land stewardship, and safety, at a young age.

Board Members

  • Sharon Reid, Chairman
  • George Monzingo, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Robert Barnes, Supervisor
  • Jim Wisby, Supervisor
  • Shelby Thwaits, Supervisor

District Contact Information

Bonnie Wilson, Clerk

W: (520) 586-3467 C: (520) 686-3118

M/A: 306 S. Ocotillo, #10A, Benson AZ 85602