Payson Natural Resource Committee Will Meet Oct. 22

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The Payson Natural Resource Committee is a group of concerned ranchers, sportsmen and others interested in wildlife who meet several times a year to address elk and other wildlife management issues.

This group identifies and finds funding for projects such as stock tank renovation, elk exclusion fencing, wildlife and cattle forage monitoring, and salt block distribution. Biologists from the Forest Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department share survey and monitoring data and work with concerned ranchers and sportsmen to resolve rancher/wildlife issues, habitat use and other wildlife management concerns.

Everyone who is interested in local wildlife, habitat or management issues should attend this meeting. Be involved in managing your wildlife and lands, the group’s officials said.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Oct. 22 in the Payson Police Department Conference Room, 303 N. Beeline Highway.

Agenda items for this meeting will include: the Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Program, forage monitoring results, elk survey data for Units 22 and 23, starthistle update, stock tank inventory, project completion reports, and 2008-2009 project funding/implementation planning.

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