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

 Cover-Oct-Nov_172x215The 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


Dear Malpai Friends and Neighbors,

We received a heartfelt personal letter from Sarah McDonald Parmar about her experience and unique perspectives of growing up in the Borderlands.  I know that her letter has inspired our family and I wanted to share it with you.

Rich Winkler/ Co-Executive Director

December 10, 2017

Dear Friends of The Malpai Borderlands Group;

Bill and Mary McDonald had no idea how their lives would change as they sat with their neighbors developing a vision for the fledgling group their community had decided to form to try to bridge the gap between the divisive rhetoric of ranchers and environmentalists and the on-the-ground shared ethic for conservation.  Little did I know as a 10-year old kid how much those meetings would come to shape my life as well.

The Malpai Borderlands Group became so much more than a second job for my parents, it became part of their marriage, and part of our family.  Just as ranching is not a 9-5 job, neither has the Malpai Group been for them.  Grant-writing, planning for prescribed burns, meeting with new neighbors or new agency staff, learning nonprofit management - these activities were all tucked into our family time.  Dinner table discussions were about how science could better inform management while at the same time, the institutional knowledge of multi-generational land managers might inform science.  The passion of my parents and of the whole Malpai community - those who believe in the Radical Center - inspired my own career path in land conservation. 

I know that the ideas, and perhaps more importantly, the hope that Malpai provides has inspired many of you as well.  As my parents prepare to retire at the end of this month, I'd like to honor their 24 years of service by contributing to the Malpai Borderlands Group.   I hope that you will join me in celebrating their legacy with a gift to Malpai.

Sarah McDonald Parmar              


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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