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Is there any room left on your calendar? Our popular Nature Series continues next Tuesday. Crunch time is here for making our voices heard on the proposed Rosemont mine and some times and places have changed.
Friends of Madera Canyon Nature Series

On Tuesday December 6th at 2:00 PM, Mark Heitlinger, Manager of the Santa Rita Experimental Station, will speak on "Green Valley's Biggest Backyard" including a description of the creation of the range, physical and biological aspects of the landscape and unique scientific discoveries to the area. Community Performing Arts Center, 1250 West Continental Road. Tickets are $5 at the door, at CPAC or online at After the lecture you can sign up for an optional field trip to be scheduled later.


Now Is the Time
Rosemont Public Comment and Preparation

The nesting habitat of this Red-faced Warbler will be diminished by construction of the Rosemont mine. - Photo by G. West.

Please join Friends of Madera Canyon board members next Thursday, December 8th from Noon to 5:00 PM for the the Forest Service Public Meeting at the West Recreation Center in Green Valley. The meeting is set to begin at 12:30 PM but Rosemont's public relations firm has established a pattern of trying to fill seats and time slots with their supporters to lock others out so we plan to arrive early. Our friends and partners in the Forest Service are open to hearing the full range of opinions and concerns, including yours.

Friends of Madera Canyon board members will also be taking advantage of one or more comment preparation meetings provided by Save the Scenic Santa Ritas.    
  • Saturday, December 3rd from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM at the Quail Creek Madera Club House Silver Room, 2055 E. Quail Crossing Blvd. (On your left about 1.3 miles down the main Quail Creek entrance street.)   
  • Monday, December 5th from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM at the Green Valley American Legion, 1560 W. Duval Mine Rd. (Turn off Duval Mine Road as if you were going to the Titan Missile Museum. The driveway to the Legion hall will be on your left.) 
  • Monday, December 5th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Cady Hall, 346 Duquesne Ave, Patagonia.       
  • Monday, December 5th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Quail Creek Madera Club House Silver Room, 2055 E. Quail Crossing Blvd. (On your left about 1.3 miles down the main Quail Creek entrance street.)    

These preparation meetings though useful are not necessary. Save the Scenic Santa Ritas volunteers will be available before and during the December 8 hearing to answer questions and provide comment suggestions.     


Last week, many found inspiration to action in video comments from Tom and Kathryn Purdon.  Here's another featuring rancher and steak house owner Grace Wystrach.  

Grace Wystrach
Can't Attend a Meeting?

If you can't make a meeting, you can comment in other ways and it is worth doing. Your comment will carry weight however submitted.


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Board Members
Willem Van Kempen (President),Tom Purdon (Vice-President), Eileen Buckel (Secretary), Carol Lambert (Treasurer/Marketing Director), Louise Gibbeson (Operations Director and Publicity), Dita-Erika Hagen (Historian, Preservation), Tamara Kahrimanis (Adult Education Programs), Wally Lamb (Visitor Information Station), Jerry Popham (Bat House Research and Special Projects), Rozanne Roman (Annual Meeting, Miles and Hours, Accessible Trail Tours), Judy Thoreson (Fund Raising, Planned Giving), George Cottay (Newsletter Publisher, Web Master).


Doug Moore (Director of Education), Sondra Dexter (Scholarships), Mike Staples (Canyon Clean-up), Ellen West (Membership), George West (Membership, Newsletter Editor).

Thank you for your support