In April the Malpai Borderlands Group (MBG) held their annual “Calf Roll Over Auction” at the Willcox Livestock Auction and received over $9,000 from the calf sales and donations. These funds help to provide scholarships to students in the local community to further their education.  Since 2011, The Rob Krentz Scholarship has been awarded to 11 students to continue their education. With continued support by the community, MBG, and the Whitewater Draw Natural Resource Conservation District, the scholarship committee has decided to award two scholarships in 2023.

The Malpai Borderlands Group would like to congratulate Jazmyn Garcia from Valley Union High School and Erick Sanchez from Animas High School.  Miss Garcia will graduate at the top of her class.  She has spent the majority of her high school career in leadership roles with FFA, as class representatives, as captain of the softball and volleyball teams, and donated her time to church activities.  She plans on attending New Mexico State University to pursue a degree in Agricultural Education.  Mr. Sanchez has participated in many leadership roles as well, including FFA, Student Council and is in the National Honor Society.  While having to travel a great distance for high school, he has shown true dedication to his education.  Mr. Sanchez has taken college classes to put him a step ahead in his college career.  He will be attending New Mexico State University to pursue a degree in Agriculture and Wildlife Sciences.

MBG congratulates this year’s recipients and looks forward to the great things these students will be able to do for their families and communities.  Thank you to everyone who has supported the Rob Krentz Memorial Scholarship and helped students continue their education for a brighter future.



                      Our goal is to restore and maintain the natural processes that create and protect a 
unfragmented landscape to support a diverse, flourishing community of
plant and animal life in our borderlands region.
                      Together, we will accomplish this by working to encourage profitable ranching 
and other traditional livelihoods, which will sustain the open space nature of
our land for generations to come.






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In July of 2010 the Board of Directors of the Malpai Borderlands Group voted to establish a scholarship fund, in the memory of former Malpai Board Member Rob Krentz, to assist worthy high school graduates in the Malpai Borderlands region with furthering their education.



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We are a grassroots, landowner-driven nonprofit organization attempting to implement ecosystem management on nearly one million acres of virtually unfragmented open-space landscape in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico.

The Malpai Borderlands area includes the San Bernardino Valley, the Peloncillo Mountains, the Animas Valley and the Animas Mountains. It is roughly pyramid shaped, with the base of the pyramid beginning just east of Douglas, Arizona along the Mexican Border to just west of Antelope Wells, New Mexico. The apex is just south of Animas, New Mexico.

With elevations ranging from 3500 to 8500 feet, the Malpai is a diverse area of mountains, canyons, valleys and riparian corridors. Several rare, threatened, and endangered plant and animal species are found here. It is the only place in the U.S. where Gould's turkey and white-sided jackrabbits occur naturally. It is also home to popular big-game species such as Coues deer, mule deer, pronghorn and Desert Bighorn sheep.

Perhaps the most remarkable feature of this huge landscape is that fewer than 100 human families reside on it. Many of the families who live here have been here for generations. Except for two small wildlife preserves, this is cattle ranching country. As ranchers, we have been concerned about a key resource we depend on for our livelihoods and way of life - the diminishing quality of grasslands for grazing. Fragmentation of the landscape, beginning with the subdivision of some ranches in our area, has also been a looming threat.

We formed a nonprofit organization to bring ranchers, scientists, and key agencies together, and today the Malpai Borderlands Group now carries out a series of conservation programs and activities, including land restoration; endangered species habitat protection; cost-sharing range and ranch improvements; and land conservation projects.

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