Three decades of innovative conservation on the San Pedro River

On Sunday, February 26, the Herald/Review published a magazine insert titled “Life in Cochise,” which includes a story about the collaborative efforts on the San Pedro. Following is an excerpt.

One of the most unique things about the San Pedro are the innovative conservation efforts that have focused on the river since the 1980s. It is now not only a river of hemispheric importance, but a river of landmark conservation agreements as well.

The SPRNCA is an area of ecological significance for many reasons. It is one of the largest unfragmented landscapes in Arizona, second only to the Grand Canyon, and the Audubon Society has called it one of the best examples of a desert riparian ecosystem in the United States.

The creation of the SPRNCA has led to many innovative and collaborative conservation efforts.

Read the full article here and check out the companion video.


The mission of the Cochise Conservation & Recharge Network (CCRN) is to implement a regional network of land and water management projects that result in a healthy watershed, flowing San Pedro River, conservation of water resources, and a vibrant local economy.

Member Organizations

The CCRN was formed in 2015. The members are Cochise County, the City of Sierra Vista, The Nature Conservancy, Hereford Natural Resources Conservation District, the City of Bisbee, Fort Huachuca, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.