An Unlikely Alliance: Our Beginnings
The Diablo Trust was initiated in 1993 at a community gathering called by two northern Arizona ranch families — the Prossers of the Bar T Bar and the Metzgers of the Flying M. The families took this unique step in response to increasing pressures on the historic uses of these century-old homesteads and the ranches associated with them.
From that "opening up" of the management of these two ranches arose a cooperative effort in which the diverse members of the Diablo Trust have worked together to create research and educational programs that are earning attention and acclaim from around the West and beyond.
Members of these families, who had long worked to promote healthy ranchlands, now welcomed others who shared their concern for the environment and wildlife to combine their energy, skills, dedication, and willingness to work to deal with these pressures more effectively, openly, and collaboratively.
Today, the Trust is open to everyone and provides a forum for the community to actively participate in a land stewardship process with monthly meetings the second Friday of every month. The results of its efforts include improved vegetation, better habitat for wildlife and livestock, and the protection of open spaces. Additionally, the ranch lands provide “hands-on” proving grounds for new, collaborative land management ideas.