Research Papers and Reports

Sky Island Alliance promotes science-based decision making. Publishing reports, peer-reviewed papers and research results, and making this information available to the public, is just one way we inform management decisions, increase the current body of scientific knowledge, and collaborate with partners to protect, connect and restore the Sky Islands.

 

2015 SIRCReport Cover

2015 SIRC Annual Report

SIRC has implemented a wide range of restoration projects across the Sky Islands to facilitate effective landscape restoration in both small scale, high priority habitats and across entire watersheds through collaborative community-based projects. The SIRC Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report highlights 29 of these projects. These efforts protected water sources and enhanced wildlife habitat for a range of species including the endangered Chiricahua leopard frog, American antelope, and a wide range of pollinators like bees, bats, butterflies, and birds. In FY 2015 the partnership combined resources of over $2.8 million dollars. Not all volunteer contributions were tracked, but those reported were valued at more than $191,000.

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2014 SIRCReport Cover

2014 SIRC Annual Report

SIRC has implemented a wide range of restoration projects across the Sky Islands to facilitate effective landscape restoration in both small scale, high priority habitats and across entire watersheds through collaborative community-based projects. The SIRC Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report highlights 16 of these projects.

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Arizona Handbook Cover Page 1

Arizona Springs Restoration Handbook

This handbook was co-produced with the Springs Stewardship Institute. With support from the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative. This handbook is meant to advance the understanding of springs by land managers in the state of Arizona,as well as promote communication, stewardship, and collaboration, and to provide guidance to land managers embarking on springs stewardship programs. It provides resource managers with background information regarding the nature of springs ecosystems, inventory and assessment protocols, and the tools necessary for effective restoration and monitoring. Our springs inventory, assessment, and stewardship protocols incorporates much previous research and practical, hands-on recommendations. Land managers across Arizona can use this handbook to set measurable goals in their springs stewardship and restoration plans, and implement effective actions towards those goals.

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Fire and Water Report

Fire and Water: Assessing Spring Ecosystems and Adapting Management to Respond to Climate Change

This report details the methodology and results of Sky Island Alliance’s two year project to inventory and assess springs in the Upper Santa Cruz River Basin, assess impacts of fire on spring ecosystems, develop a volunteer-based Adopt-A-Spring program to monitor springs, develop an Arizona Springs Restoration Handbook and to develop guidance and strategies to reduce vulnerability of springs to climate change. Report materials include an analysis of the state of springs in the Upper Santa Cruz Basin, an analysis of fire impacts at springs, spring inventory information for each spring surveyed, and management recommendations for springs affected by fire.

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Chapter 9 in the report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century

State of the Coronado National Forest: Chapter 9, Santa Teresa Ecosystem Management Area

This report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century details the species and ecosystems of the Coronado National Forest and the pressures and threats affecting them. Published in 2009 by the Coronado Planning Partnership the purpose of the report is to assess the current state of the Coronado with a particular focus on human and other pressures that are negatively affecting ecosystems and species and that can be addressed by Forest Planning and management. The report contains 13 chapters. Chapter 9 describes the natural resources present in the Santa Teresa Ecosystem Management Area, threats to those resources, and site specific management recommendations to protect the area.

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Chapter 9 in the report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century

State of the Coronado National Forest: Chapter 8, Pinaleño Ecosystem Management Area

This report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century details the species and ecosystems of the Coronado National Forest and the pressures and threats affecting them. Published in 2009 by the Coronado Planning Partnership the purpose of the report is to assess the current state of the Coronado with a particular focus on human and other pressures that are negatively affecting ecosystems and species and that can be addressed by Forest Planning and management. The report contains 13 chapters. Chapter 8 describes the natural resources present in the Pinaleño Ecosystem Management Area, threats to those resources, and site specific management recommendations to protect the area.

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Chapter 7 in the report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century

State of the Coronado National Forest: Chapter 7, Galiuro Ecosystem Management Area

This report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century details the species and ecosystems of the Coronado National Forest and the pressures and threats affecting them. Published in 2009 by the Coronado Planning Partnership the purpose of the report is to assess the current state of the Coronado with a particular focus on human and other pressures that are negatively affecting ecosystems and species and that can be addressed by Forest Planning and management. The report contains 13 chapters. Chapter 7 describes the natural resources present in the Galiuro Ecosystem Management Area, threats to those resources, and site specific management recommendations to protect the area.

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Chapter 13 in the report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century

State of the Coronado National Forest: Chapter 13, Whetstone Ecosystem Management Area

This report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century details the species and ecosystems of the Coronado National Forest and the pressures and threats affecting them. Published in 2009 by the Coronado Planning Partnership the purpose of the report is to assess the current state of the Coronado with a particular focus on human and other pressures that are negatively affecting ecosystems and species and that can be addressed by Forest Planning and management. The report contains 13 chapters. Chapter 13 describes the natural resources present in the Whetstone Ecosystem Management Area, threats to those resources, and site specific management recommendations to protect the area.

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Chapter 10 in the report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century

State of the Coronado National Forest: Chapter 12, Huachuca Ecosystem Management Area

This report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century details the species and ecosystems of the Coronado National Forest and the pressures and threats affecting them. Published in 2009 by the Coronado Planning Partnership the purpose of the report is to assess the current state of the Coronado with a particular focus on human and other pressures that are negatively affecting ecosystems and species and that can be addressed by Forest Planning and management. The report contains 13 chapters. Chapter 12 describes the natural resources present in the Huachuca Ecosystem Management Area, threats to those resources, and site specific management recommendations to protect the area.

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Chapter 10 in the report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century

State of the Coronado National Forest: Chapter 10, Winchester Ecosystem Management Area

This report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century details the species and ecosystems of the Coronado National Forest and the pressures and threats affecting them. Published in 2009 by the Coronado Planning Partnership the purpose of the report is to assess the current state of the Coronado with a particular focus on human and other pressures that are negatively affecting ecosystems and species and that can be addressed by Forest Planning and management. The report contains 13 chapters. Chapter 10 describes the natural resources present in the Winchester Ecosystem Management Area, threats to those resources, and site specific management recommendations to protect the area.

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Chapter 11 in the report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century

State of the Coronado National Forest: Chapter 11, Santa Catalina Ecosystem Management Area

This report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century details the species and ecosystems of the Coronado National Forest and the pressures and threats affecting them. Published in 2009 by the Coronado Planning Partnership the purpose of the report is to assess the current state of the Coronado with a particular focus on human and other pressures that are negatively affecting ecosystems and species and that can be addressed by Forest Planning and management. The report contains 13 chapters. Chapter 11 describes the natural resources present in the Santa Catalina Ecosystem Management Area, threats to those resources, and site specific management recommendations to protect the area.

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Chapter 6 in the report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century

State of the Coronado National Forest: Chapter 6, Tumacacori Ecosystem Management Area

This report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century details the species and ecosystems of the Coronado National Forest and the pressures and threats affecting them. Published in 2009 by the Coronado Planning Partnership the purpose of the report is to assess the current state of the Coronado with a particular focus on human and other pressures that are negatively affecting ecosystems and species and that can be addressed by Forest Planning and management. The report contains 13 chapters. Chapter 6 describes the natural resources present in the Tumacacori Ecosystem Management Area, threats to those resources, and site specific management recommendations to protect the area.

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SantaRitaEMA

State of the Coronado National Forest: Chapter 5, Santa Rita Ecosystem Management Area

This report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century details the species and ecosystems of the Coronado National Forest and the pressures and threats affecting them. Published in 2009 by the Coronado Planning Partnership the purpose of the report is to assess the current state of the Coronado with a particular focus on human and other pressures that are negatively affecting ecosystems and species and that can be addressed by Forest Planning and management. The report contains 13 chapters. Chapter 5 describes the natural resources present in the Santa Rita Ecosystem Management Area, threats to those resources, and site specific management recommendations to protect the area.

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DragoonEMA

State of the Coronado National Forest: Chapter 3, Dragoon Ecosystem Management Area

This report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century details the species and ecosystems of the Coronado National Forest and the pressures and threats affecting them. Published in 2009 by the Coronado Planning Partnership the purpose of the report is to assess the current state of the Coronado with a particular focus on human and other pressures that are negatively affecting ecosystems and species and that can be addressed by Forest Planning and management. The report contains 13 chapters. Chapter 3 describes the natural resources present in the Dragoon Ecosystem Management Area, threats to those resources, and site specific management recommendations to protect the area.

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PeloncilloEMA

State of the Coronado National Forest: Chapter 4, Peloncillo Ecosystem Management Area

This report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century details the species and ecosystems of the Coronado National Forest and the pressures and threats affecting them. Published in 2009 by the Coronado Planning Partnership the purpose of the report is to assess the current state of the Coronado with a particular focus on human and other pressures that are negatively affecting ecosystems and species and that can be addressed by Forest Planning and management. The report contains 13 chapters. Chapter 4 describes the natural resources present in the Peloncillo Ecosystem Management Area, threats to those resources, and site specific management recommendations to protect the area.

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ChiricahuaEMA

State of the Coronado National Forest: Chapter 2, Chiricahua Ecosystem Management Area

This report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century details the species and ecosystems of the Coronado National Forest and the pressures and threats affecting them. Published in 2009 by the Coronado Planning Partnership the purpose of the report is to assess the current state of the Coronado with a particular focus on human and other pressures that are negatively affecting ecosystems and species and that can be addressed by Forest Planning and management. The report contains 13 chapters. Chapter 2 describes the natural resources present in the Chiricahua Ecosystem Management Area, threats to those resources, and site specific management recommendations to protect the area.

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Introductory chapter to the report State of the Coronado National Forest: An Assessment and Recommendations for the 21st Century

State of the Coronado National Forest: Chapter 1, Overview

Chapter 1 of 13 introduces the rich diversity of species and ecosystems found on the Coronado National Forest and explores threats and management issues that can be addressed through Forest Planning and other policies.

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