Coordinated Resource Management Plan

What is a CRMP?
"Coordinated resource management (CRM) is a voluntary natural resource planning process to enhance resource management and resolve issues. Coordinated planning brings together people who are concerned about the land. Landowners, users, resource managers, and other interested parties are teamed together to achieve common goals and meet resource needs." (AZ CRM Handbook and Guideline - see below)

What is the status of the Horseshoe-Copper Creek CRMP?
We have developed draft shared goals (see below) which will be reviewed by the Planning Team on June 7.  Tha background and introduciton sections have also been drafted and will be shared for feedback with the Planning Team in the near future.

Draft Shared Goals
Draft shared goals were developed using an iterative process that involved stakeholder work sessions, interagency work sessions, review of existing agency plans, and focused topical work sessions on uplands, riparian/aquatic, wildlife, cultural, recreation and grazing.

These draft goals will be reviewed at the June 7th Planning Team meeting, and once finalized, will become part of the CRM Plan.


Overall:  Manage for healthy watersheds including their upland, riparian, and aquatic components.

Riparian and Aquatic

1.     Protect, restore and enhance native riparian habitats towards their natural potential.


a)     High species diversity and native plant composition

b)     Diverse structural composition that enhances stream channel resiliency to disturbance and climate change

c)     Increased connectivity between habitat patches

2.     Protect and improve water quality and quantity within the watershed.

3.     Protect and improve stream channel morphology and function.


1.     Restore and maintain native plant communities and vegetation types (semi-desert grassland, chaparral, Sonoran desert scrub and juniper woodland)


a)     Maintain each vegetation community towards its ecological site potential for ground cover, plant composition, diversity, structure and function influenced by natural and prescribed disturbance regimes.

b)     Maintain ecological processes to support healthy biotic populations and communities.

2.     Maintain and improve ground cover and soil conditions within the natural range of variability.


a)     Efficiently retain water where appropriate

b)     Reduce erosion, runoff rates and sediment loading, and increase soil/ground and vegetative cover

3.     Manage the aquifer and associated watershed to increase aquifer volume, in stream flow, and recharge rates


1.     Manage for habitat conditions that sustain viable populations of native wildlife species


a.     Protect, restore and enhance native wildlife habitats and connectivity

b.     Ensure that sufficient food, water, cover and space are available

2.     Conserve and restore historic and extant native wildlife populations including the conservation of sensitive, T&E species, species of greatest conservation need, and the ecosystems upon which they depend.

3.     Identify and reduce direct and indirect stressors on wildlife and their habitats where desirable and reasonable.

Invasive and Non-Native Flora and Fauna

1.     Restrict, reduce or eradicate non-native and/or invasive flora and fauna

Human Dimensions

Overall: Manage resources sustainably for mutual benefit while minimizing conflicts among multi-use activities.


1.     Manage heritage resources of Perry Mesa as a prehistoric cultural landscape to avoid damage or alteration of sites and their relational and environmental context.

2.     Use cultural history of land use practices to inform current land use practices

3.     Improve the understanding of prehistoric and early historic human use of Perry Mesa.

4.     Reduce vandalism including looting


1.     Maintain or improve an ecologically and economically sustainable ranching operation.

Collaborative Adaptive Management

1.                   Provide opportunities and build capacity for collaborative, adaptive management to develop and implement management decisions.

Recreation and Education

1.     Promote sustainable wildlife and outdoor-related recreation, education and outreach.

2.     Provide multi-level visitor experience of heritage resources while maintaining semi-primitive recreation throughout most of the planning area, and respecting American Indian traditional and contemporary use


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