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

We Welcome the New Malpai Borderlands Group Science Coordinator

Myles Traphagen

 

Myles first arrived to the Borderlands after graduating from the University of California Santa Cruz while serving in an AmeriCorps position at San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge. This was just two weeks after Warner Glenn took the photos of the jaguar. He spent several years exploring the mountains, grasslands and natural history of southeast Arizona and the Bootheel of New Mexico and developed a strong affinity towards grasslands and rangeland ecology. Throughout 2000’s he worked for Turner Ranches and the Turner Endangered Species Fund monitoring the vegetation of bison ranches in the Great Plains and rewilding the Bolson tortoise. During the same time span he ran several vegetation monitoring and research projects for the Malpai Group and the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station studying the effects of fire, grazing and grassland restoration.

He received his Master of Science degree from the University of Arizona researching connectivity of the white-sided jackrabbit between the US and Mexico and how woody shrub encroachment into the grasslands has altered the species’ habitat. In addition to his role as Science Coordinator for the Malpai Borderlands Group, Myles is the Borderlands Program Coordinator for Wildlands Network in Tucson, Arizona where he works on the science and advocacy of maintaining wildlife corridors and connectivity in the Southwestern US and Northern Mexico.                                                 



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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