Gravel Riding on the Refuge

The folks at Dirty Freehub, a group dedicated to bicycling on gravel and dirt roads virtually stopped by to interview Reta Rutledge about riding the roads on the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. We have over 500 miles of dirt roads on the refuge, just the right challenge for gravel riders. Here is the podcast. They have also created several routes on the refuge and in the adjoining Nogales District of the Coronado National Forest. The details of the 35 mile Buenos Aires route can be found HERE. The details of the 46 mile Buenos Aires – Arivaca route can […]

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Erosion Control on the Refuge

By Reta Rutledge LUSH Cosmetics gave the Friends a grant that included money to hire a contractor, Kyle Thompson. Kyle led and trained 7 volunteers from Wilderness Volunteers to install 17 mesquite erosion control structures in three areas of the refuge. The structures slow the water during flood events in these eroded washes, cause sediment to drop instead of washing away and create fertile ground for new vegetation to grow. This keeps water on the land where it soaks into the soil. Thank you LUSH for supporting this important work.

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Friends of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge Annual Report, 2021

This was a busy year for the Friends. The Refuge is operating with only 50% of their staff, which greatly impacts the ability of the Refuge to fulfill their mission of wildlife conservation, habitat preservation, and visitor services. As a result, the role of the Friends is increasingly critical in this time of staff and funding shortfalls. The Friends have stepped in with finances and volunteer labor to initiate or continue projects so important for the welfare of wildlife and their habitat. Another hurdle this year was Covid-19, which resulted in the Visitor Center being closed all year. Many staff […]

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Lower San Luis Well Update

The Refuge, Southern Arizona Quail Forever and Altar Valley Conservation Alliance paid to improve an old hand dug 50’ well that was dry. They had it dug to 245’ with the well pipe capped and waiting for further money to complete the well.

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