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The EC Bar Ranch is located on the Coronado Trail Scenic Byway (Highway 180) in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. Since acquiring the EC Bar Ranch in 1996, collaborative partnerships with State and Federal agencies and environmental organizations have resulted in 3 miles of Nutrioso Creek, a perennial stream, being restored to proper functioning condition, and the first waterbody in the Southwest to meet water quality standards due to mitigation. See a video describing conservation practices on the ranch.

 Over the years, livestock management has been compatible with aquatic/wildlife habitat and species in conservation need, including federally listed endangered species on the property, e.g. Little Colorado Spinedace, New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse , Southwestern Willow Flycatcher and Sensitive Tier 1 species in the State Wildlife Action Plan (Bluehead sucker and Speckled dace). Visit Arizona Game and Fish Department website to learn about riparian restoration and aquatic/wildlife habitat protection.

In 2009, long term protections of aquatic/wildlife habitat along the riparian corridor were ensured by creation and donation of the EC Bar Ranch Conservation Easement to the New Mexico Land Conservancy, a leading land trust in the Southwest. In 2017, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission and US Fish and Wildlife Service expanded aquatic/wildlife habitat conservation value protections in perpetuity through acquisition of the EC Bar Ranch as an Arizona Heritage Property.  


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