Giving Letter 2017

Giving Letter: 2017

Dear Friends,

As we complete our 25th year, Diablo Trust is grateful for your continued interest and support. Our 426,000 acres of open land continues to be managed as working landscapes sustaining our mission, “to demonstrate innovative approaches 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 the Diablo Trust area for generations to come.”

We continue our role as a forum for collaborative land management through our many meetings and Days on the Land between our region’s land and resource management agencies, land owners, and the public. Our 2017 Annual Meeting was titled, “Conservation in Cattle Country: Working with wildlife on multi-use and ranching landscapes.” The four featured guests were Chris Parish from the Peregrine Fund, Tom Mackin from Diablo Trust, and Randy Babb and Craig McMullen, both from the AZ Game & Fish Department.

One Day on the Land this year was to the Peregrine Fund’s condor research center at the Vermillion Cliffs, north of the Grand Canyon. Over 50 interested guests got to learn about condors while watching a pair fly around Lees Ferry! We are also planning a Day on the Land in November to ‘meet’ the new bison herd at the Raymond Wildlife Area, which borders both of our ranches.

The Annual Sportsmen & Recreation Day on the Land was held in July at Kinnikinick Lake on the Flying M Ranch, where we discussed global fresh water conservation, recreation funding, and aquatic projects on the ranches. The Annual Campout was held at Yaeger Lake, also on the Flying M. We had a record turnout this year: more than 60 guests! The Campout included a Silent Auction, featuring many local businesses and artists and raising over $1500.

We continue our regular field monitoring with our agency partners, to document progress in meeting our collaborative management goals for healthy ecosystems. Diablo Trust continues to work closely with its two ranches to restore and maintain over 100,000 acres of open grasslands,  improving habitat for pronghorn antelope and other wildlife while also improving the ranching operations. In 2018 we will be doing more field work, including installing antelope-friendly fences.

We published three Ground Truth newsletters this year with articles on wildlife, ranch history, and conservation ethics. We continue to host a monthly book club at the Flagstaff Public Library. This year we also had a summer movie night series, which concluded with the documentary Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman at the Better World Film Series at Northern Arizona University in October.

This is our annual appeal for financial support to ensure the future success of Diablo Trust.

Continuation of our collaborative process to achieve common ground, complete land improvement projects, and to involve the full community in Diablo Trust activities all depend on your contribution for our success. We greatly appreciate any contribution you are able to make!

You can donate via PayPal on our website or send a check to Diablo Trust, PO Box 3058, Flagstaff, AZ 86003.

Please call or email with any questions or concerns: (928) 523-0588 • info@diablotrust.org.

 

Thank you,
Norm Lowe, President
Jeremy D. Krones, Program Manager

P.S. Please also join us for our upcoming Christmas Party, on December 15th!