Since 1998, conservation practices were
implemented on the EC Bar Ranch that led to many
successful outcomes that are documented by
- 1998-2012. Collaborative sustainable partnerships were developed
through grant programs with the following organizations:
- Arizona Department of Agriculture – Landowner Crop Conservation Grant
Program (ADA – LCCGP)
- Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) - CWA 319(h) Grant
- Arizona Game & Fish Department – Landowner Incentive Program, Landowner
Cooperative Agreements (AGFD – LIP)
- Arizona State Land Department – Stewardship Incentive Program (ASLD -
- Arizona Department of Water Resources – Arizona Water Protection Fund (AWPF)
- Natl Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
- Natural Resources Conservation Service - Environmental Quality Incentive
Program (NRCS - EQIP)
- US Fish & Wildlife Service – Partners in Fish and Wildlife Program (USFWS)
- Western Region Sustained Agricultural Research and Education Program (WSARE)
- 2003. EC Bar Ranch entered the first
Safe Harbor Agreement in Arizona
between US Fish and Wildlife Service and a private landowner.
- 2006. Nutrioso Creek on the EC Bar Ranch was delisted from the
Clean Water Act Section 303d as a non-attaining waterbody. This was the first
instance in Arizona where a waterbody met water quality standards due to
mitigation. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)
dated July 14, 2006, and August 29, 2009.
- 2006. US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) relocated native fish from
Nutrioso Creek downstream on the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest to the EC
Bar Ranch upstream. This was the first instance in Arizona where a federally
listed fish species has been relocated from public lands to private land. FWS
August 24, 2006.
- 2009. The
EC Bar Ranch
Conservation Easement was created and donated to the New Mexico Land
Conservancy to protect wildlife habitat, agricultural, and open space
conservation values in perpetuity.
In summary, the 3 miles of Nutrioso Creek on the EC Bar Ranch is a unique
property in the United States. After riparian functional conditions were
restored, water quality and wildlife habitat improved and then protected in
perpetuity with a 94 acre conservation easement. Over 250 acres of adjoining
land on the EC Bar Ranch are preserved with deed restrictions.