Since 1998, conservation
practices were implemented on the EC
Bar Ranch that led to many successful outcomes that are documented by publicity and monitoring.
- 1998-2015. Collaborative
sustainable partnerships were developed through grant programs with the
- Arizona Department of Agriculture
Landowner Crop Conservation Grant Program (ADA LCCGP)
- Arizona Department of
Environmental Quality (ADEQ) - CWA 319(h) Grant Program
- Arizona Game & Fish Department
Landowner Incentive Program, Landowner Cooperative Agreements (AGFD LIP)
- Arizona State Land Department
Stewardship Incentive Program (ASLD - SIP)
- Arizona Department of Water
Resources Arizona Water Protection Fund (AWPF)
- National Fish & Wildlife
- 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 for protection of the Little Colorado spinedace and
Southwestern Willow flycatcher.
- 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) letters 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 known instance in Arizona where a federally listed fish species, e.g.
Little Colorado spinedace, has been relocated from public lands to private
land. FWS letter August
24, 2006. The spinedace may be the most at risk fish species in AZ.
- 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.
Surveys on the EC Bar Ranch resulted in two visual sightings and one
capture of New Mexico meadow jumping mice.
US Fish and Wildlife
This is significant because it is currently the only documentation of
jumping mice occupying private land in Arizona, and represents new location
information for this endangered species. The Service has designated over
250 acres on the ranch as critical habitat for the jumping mouse.
- 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. In doing so, all
public and private investments in water quality improvements and
aquatic/wildlife habitat restoration made on the EC Bar Ranch will be
preserved and not at risk of degrading by future private landowners.