MALPAI BORDERLANDS GROUP

OUR MISSION
             Our goal is to restore and maintain the natural processes that create and protect a 
healthy,
unfragmented landscape to support a diverse, flourishing community of
human,
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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SCHOLARSHIPS

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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NEWS, MEETINGS AND WORKSHOPS

 High Country News; Why being a good neighbor is a good idea

 The Nature Conservancy Magazine; New Life in the Badlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

MALPAI NEWSLETTERS

Following are links to past issues of the 
Malpai Borderlands Group Newsletters 
from 1994 to the present year. 
Please click here to read the newsletters.

Malpai Borderlands Group Brochure


BEN BROWN RECOGNITION

Ben Brown Recognition

M.B.G. Science Conference 2019

 

            On behalf of the Malpai Borderlands Group I wanted to take a few minutes to acknowledge and thank Dr. Ben Brown for his dedication and work as the Science Coordinator for the M.B.G.  His experience and advise has helped guide the M.B.G. for over 13 years.  He has always understood the importance of collaboration between the scientific community and the ranching community in relation to conservation, while at the same time using common sense to solve problems. 

            His experience and advise has helped guide the Malpai Borderlands Group in its efforts to establish science as part of our organization in the form of rangeland monitoring, a Habitat Conservation Plan, while also providing guidance on prescribed fire, fire restoration, and writing opinions on wildlife in the Malpai working area, as well as grant writing.  His knowledge on scientific studies and resources have played an important role to establishing a clear path of understanding that the Borderlands is a unique place.  Ben has also represented the Malpai Borderlands Group at conferences, advisory boards as well as panels to bring his expertise and advice to others.

 Ben has an attention to detail that has helped organize the Science Conference every year with a variety of themes and interesting topics, all of which I personally have enjoyed.   Each year Ben has also coordinated the Science Advisory meeting to review and listen to others about new ideas concerning science in the borderlands. 

The consummate professional, Ben has a thoughtful measured response and a quiet demeanor with a dry sense of humor that all of us enjoy.   Thank you for your countless hours and dedication and service to conservation in the Borderlands.     

                                                   



WHO WE ARE

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.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our efforts.



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