San Ysidro Farm Protected

Arizona Land and Water Trust and partners protect 341-acre San Ysidro Farm in Cochise County

For generations the Sulphur Springs Valley, approximately 100 miles southeast of Tucson, has been home to historic ranches and farmland. Arizona Land and Water Trust has partnered with the owners of the San Ysidro Farm to permanently protect this 341-acre property, once a part of the historic Cowan family ranch.

San Ysidro Farm connects to over 1,000 acres of additional agricultural operations previously protected by the Trust along the Whitewater Draw, which flows into Mexico. The region also contains intermittently flooded wetlands combined with riparian habitat and grasslands. Area farms and ranches enhance feeding opportunities for such species as migrating waterfowl, shorebirds and the popular Sandhill Cranes. Protection of these properties also helps to preserve important wildlife corridors in the Valley.

The Trust acquired project funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). “Arizona Land and Water Trust has been an invaluable partner in completing this conservation easement,” says Emily Fife, Assistant State Conservationist with Arizona USDA-NRCS.  “Their partnership has helped make protecting 341 acres of an important historical ranch possible.”

Due to its agricultural heritage, wildlife habitat and critical water resources, the Whitewater Draw region has been a priority area for the Trust’s work for many years. “We are extremely proud to be a part of San Ysidro Farm’s efforts to expand protection of agricultural landscapes in Southern Arizona while also partnering with the expertise of NRCS,” says Liz Petterson, the Trust’s Executive Director. “These landscapes significantly contribute to our rural economies and increasing efforts to produce locally grown food. They are also an important part of our history – expansive open spaces that add to our overall quality of life.”

Arizona Land and Water Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to protecting Southern Arizona’s vanishing western landscapes, its heritage of working farms and ranches, wildlife habitat and the water resources that sustain them. The Trust has protected more than 47,000 acres in Southern Arizona and is accredited by the national Land Trust Alliance.

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