AZSFWC Awards $38,000 in Grants

Fourth quarter grant applications were presented and voted on at the November 22, 2022 AZSFWC Board meeting. Funding for the grants is available through sales of our special Conserving Wildlife license plate. More information about the license plate and how you can obtain one can be found HERE.

Three grants were approved and included the following:

$20,000 was awarded to the Southern AZ Chapter of Quail Forever for the Coronado National Forest Grasslands Restoration habitat project. This important project will be an expansion of previous habitat improvement in the CNF and entails building erosion control structures and seeding. Continuing these restoration efforts will help support populations of important wildlife such as Montezuma Quail, and enhance opportunities for hunting, mountain biking, hiking, birding, and other eco-tourism activities that are vital to Southern Arizona’ s economy. Funding partners include National Forest Foundation, Southern Arizona Quail Forever and Borderlands Restoration Network.

$6,000 was awarded to the Arizona Antelope Foundation for the Jesse White Solar Well Array. The goal of this project is to convert an existing diesel powered well pump to a solar power system. The well is connected to a pipeline system which provides water to eight drinkers and will provide a year round water source for wildlife, particularly pronghorn. Funding partners include the Arizona Antelope Foundation and Jesse White of the Ox Yoke Ranch.

$12,000 was awarded to the Mogollon Sporting Association for wildlife water improvements on the Bar Eleven Ranch. This project involves repairing and sealing four dirt stock tanks on the A-Cross and Black Mesa grazing allotments of the Tonto National Forest that have been damaged by post-wildfire flash flooding. This project seeks to restore the availability of year-round water for wildlife in the arid southern portion of GMU 23. Funding partners include AZ Game & Fish Department Habitat Partnership Committee, Bar Eleven Ranch and the Mogollon Sporting Association.