Southern AZ Resource Advisory Committee Proposal Selection

Release Date: Dec 3, 2021

November 24, 2021 — The Southern Arizona Resource Advisory Committee (SA-RAC) announces selection of proposals for funding under the authority of the Title II Special Projects of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000.

A total of 23 proposals were submitted across Maricopa, Pinal, Pima, Cochise, and Santa Cruz Counties for available funds from Secure Rural Schools appropriated funds 2017 – 2020. Over $1.9 million of projects from Forest personnel, non-profit organizations, and private entities were submitted while only $881,880 was available.

The Resource Advisory Committee recommended a diverse suite of projects to improve ecosystem health, restore watershed conditions, and enhance wildlife habitat. These projects will promote community engagement, partnerships, and collaboration both on National Forest System lands and on non-federal land.

Projects and award recipients by county include:



Project Title Applicant
Building a future with saguaros post Bush Fire Tucson Audubon Society
Bush Fire Replanting Project Natural Restoration


Project Title Applicant
Building a future with saguaros post Bush Fire Tuscon Audobon Society
Bush Fire Replanting Project Arizona Trail Association


Project Title Applicant
Wild Chile Botanical Area Native Vegetation Restoration Borderlands Restoration Network
Pyeatt Ranch Erosion Control for Babocomari Watershed Health AZ Land and Water Trust
Enhancing the Connectivity of the Coronado National Forest Through Watershed Restoration and Community Engagement Borderlands Restoration Networ
New Generation of Freemont Cottonwoods on Sonoita Creek Tuscon Audobon Society


Project Title Applicant
Enhancement of Santa Catalina Mountain Water Sources for Wildlife Sky Island Alliance
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Erosion Control and Enhanced Infiltration Project Watershed Management Group
Santa Catalina Cobblestone WUI Invasive Treatment Forest Service, National Forest Foundation


Project Title Applicant
Enhancing Wildlife Habitat and Water Source Security in the Huachuca Mountain Foothills Sky Island Alliance
Youth Harvest the Rain Across Cochise County Borderlands Restoration Network

SA-RAC Designated Federal Officer and Acting Deputy Regional Forester Kerwin S. Dewberry stated

“The implementation of these projects will add to the conservation efforts we all seek to achieve. These projects contribute towards restoring and enhancing resilient landscapes in the 21st century. Together we strive to be stewards of our public lands. Thank you to all applicants who submitted proposals”

Learn more about Secure Rural Schools or becoming a member of the Resource Advisory Committee. Questions may be directed to SA-RAC Coordinator Dana Backer.