AES Northern Arizona Peaks Chapter
Started in the winter of 2017 the new AES Northern Arizona Peaks Chapter has formed to serve communities in northern Arizona. Since our inception Northern Arizona has been one of the focal points of our habitat funding, volunteer projects, and the Water for Wildlife program. Hundreds of thousands of acres has been restored and hundreds of water catchments have been rebuilt and maintained.
If you are interested in helping out on the Chapter Committee, volunteer or donor please contact: Jimmy Mehen - email@example.com - 928-699-7199
Next Committee meeting: Feb. 24, 5:00PM, at Sportsman's Warehouse
Those interested in attending the Committee Meeting please RSVP to Jimmy Mehen - 928-699-7199
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What Does The AES Do?
Every year sportsmen and women want to know what the Arizona Elk Society is doing here in AZ. Here is the answer: please watch this video and get involved. Without the support of our volunteers, we could not run the successful program we do.
May 6-7, 2017 - Long Valley - near Clints Wells. - This project is only for certified sawyers.
Long Valley Meadow Work Weekend
May 19-21, 2017 - Long Valley - near Clints Wells. - This allotment had many issues that made many parts of it challenging to the family that had worked it for years grazing cattle. Many threatened and endanger wildlife species live in the area and with the restrictions to grazing, it wasn’t economically feasible to graze cattle. The AES signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Forest Service to work towards improving and restoring the natural elements of the habitat for the wildlife and our future generations.
HUNTS FOR HEROES
Arizona Elk Society started a new program "Hunts for Heroes" to help disabled veterans here in Arizona heal through hunting. Our first hunt is in the books. Kevin Widner was our first hunter and harvested a great antelope in Northern AZ. Program Director Dave Holbrook set up the hunt with our great friends at High Point Outfitters from Flagstaff. John from HPO and his guides did a great job.
Thank You to all that had a hand in this hunt and
Thank You to Kevin for his service to the United States.
The Arizona Elk Society, in 2013, worked with the USFS to certify 14 Wildland Chain Saw operators, Sawyers, to work with AZGFD and the USFS to restore wildlife habitat throughout Elk range in Arizona. Each year since we have had some new volunteers get certified, as we grow so does the work that we can be doing for elk and wildlife. We restore grasslands, riparian meadows, and much more by removing invading pine and juniper trees.
Under the terms of the settlement, approved Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is mandated to update a decades-old recovery plan by Nov. 30, 2017.
The current recovery plan, developed in 1982, fails to provide for several key legal requirements, such as identifying criteria that are required to downlist and delist this subspecies of wolves from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Without these criteria, it would be impossible to remove Mexican wolves from endangered status.
Additionally under the terms of the settlement, the federal agency also must provide the court and other litigants in the case with regular status updates on the planning process, and must complete an independent peer review of the draft plan, through which it will solicit and consider all available scientific information from appropriate state agencies and other entities, including the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.
The state of Arizona, on behalf of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, filed the lawsuit in June 2015. Game and Fish had repeatedly requested an updated recovery plan for several years that would utilize the best available science, as legally required by the ESA.
“Arizonans know what is best for our state and its wildlife," said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “This settlement ensures we have a seat at the negotiating table as the federal government develops an updated Mexican wolf recovery plan.”
“Arizona Game and Fish has long been committed to Mexican wolf recovery in balance with other wildlife and the people who live or recreate on the land where wolves are found, and we are pleased with the court’s approval of the settlement” said AZGFD Director Larry Voyles. “We’d reached a point where, without a current recovery plan to provide a framework by which to operate and objective science-based goals to target, the Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project would continue to be faced with unwarranted litigation with little regard for how biologically successful our efforts become.”
Game and Fish maintains that to measure success of the recovery program, an updated recovery plan must include an integrated, bi-national approach that incorporates the recovery work already being done in Mexico. More than 90 percent of the Mexican wolf’s historic range is in Mexico.
Arizona Game and Fish’s involvement in Mexican wolf conservation began in the mid-1980s. Since that time, the department has spent more than $7 million on wolf recovery in the state and has been the predominant on-the-ground presence working to manage Mexican wolves.
(This release was originally issued by the Arizona Governor's Office.)