Borderlands Restoration's work in the Wildlife Corridor
In 2014, Institute partners joined forces to research and seek ways to protect one of the most important wildlife corridors in the Southwestern U.S., as defined by Northern Arizona University and Arizona Game and Fish Department researchers. Coincidentally, the corridor underlies a stalled housing development that had been planned for nearly 200 homesites. Partners are working closely with Santa Cruz County officials to re-plat the corridor so that minimal housing is permitted and is clustered away from the corridor proper. Borderlands Restoration has secured two grants to begin research and restoration of hydrological processes with an aim to achieve a “balanced water budget” that supports wildlife, housing, and potentially the town of Patagonia’s aquifer since the corridor lies upland of the town. An additional grant has been secured to create a hiking trail and to offer other opportunities for the local community to participate in the caretaking of this special site.