Natural Resources

Effectively Manage Our Scarce Resources-Open Space, Forests, Water and Wildlife

“A sustainable water supply is a concern for us all.” – Harry Oberg

My Goals:

  • I pledge to protect our scarce resources of water, unique wildlife habitat, open spaces, and bountiful forests.
  • Our quality of life depends on protecting these resources, and I intend to sustain them through conservation, effective management, and common-sense zoning.
  • My goal is to balance growth that has been underway in our communities while maintaining our rural/Western heritage and dark night skies.
  • I will coordinate with federal, state, and local agencies to ensure our long-term water polices support and work toward safe yield requirements.
  • I will diligently apply my experience in elective office, my leadership skills, and my family’s ranching background to preserve our natural resources for generations that follow.

Protecting scarce resources of water, wildlife, open space and forests through conservation, effective management, and common-sense zoning supports quality of life in our communities. And it is our moral responsibility to do this for succeeding generations.

Growth has been underway in our communities and my goal is to balance that growth while maintaining our rural/western heritage and dark night skies. Arizona’s increase in population will demand continued review of land and water management practices to limit sprawl and ensure our water polices support and work toward safe yield requirements. In addition to preserving the Granite Dells, we must make a concerted effort to protect our unique wildlife and its habitat.

A sustainable water supply is a concern for us all. Our county’s role is to implement state law regarding the use of water in the county, where most of the water usage in the unincorporated areas of the county is drawn from exempt wells. In addition, the Board of Supervisors should work with the Arizona Department of Water Resources to ensure cooperation on planning and conservation of water for county areas within or adjacent to the Active Management Area (AMA).

We know our forests are overgrown which constitutes a serious fire danger to our communities. I’ve previously initiated plans with the State Forestry office to develop a viable commercial biomass program to reduce forest overgrowth and the chance of catastrophic forest fires in the Prescott region. I will continue to pursue these efforts as your county supervisor.