Stewarding the natural and cultural resources of the Cienega Watershed of Southeastern Arizona.


The key to success in sustaining the watershed.

The Cienega Watershed Partnership (CWP) is engaged with individuals, stakeholders, organizations, and agencies in the watershed to sustain the watershed and adjacent areas.

In 2013, CWP was awarded the Secretary of the Interior’s Partners in Conservation Award. The award noted CWP’s exceptional work to protect natural and heritage resources through landscape-level restoration and conservation. The award notes that:

. . . many partners collaborate to generate and disperse resources to implement strategies, programs, and projects that contribute to the ecological health, long-term sustainable use, and cultural richness of the region. The Partnership’s many successful programs and projects provide a means for finding common ground among compete interests. . .

Twenty-nine partners were named in this award for work done in the program areas of youth-engaged stewardship (YES! Youth Engaged Stewardship), oral history preservation, climate change, and conservation of aquatic native species and habitats (FROG Project). This award attests to the collaborative framework that CWP and its partners utilize to resolve issues, develop and implement stewardship programs, and advocate for the watershed.

Volunteers working in the Cienega Watershed

Photo courtesy Cienega Watershed Partnership.

Below are examples of our broad scope of partners:

Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies

Bureau of Land Management (Tucson Field Office) | Coronado National Forest (U.S. Forest Service) | Saguaro National Park (National Park Service) | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | U.S. Geological Survey National Research Program: Tucson | Arizona Game and Fish Department | Pima Association of Governments | Pima County Natural Resources, Parks, and Recreation | Pima County Cultural Resources and Historic Preservation Division | Pima County Department of Transportation | Pima County Development Services | Pima County Regional Flood Control District

Research and Science Organizations

The University of Arizona – School of Natural Resources and the Environment | The University of Arizona – CLIMAS Climate Assessment for the Southwest | The University of Arizona – Arid Land Studies | The University of Arizona – Arizona NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) | The University of Arizona – Institute of the Environment | The University of Arizona – Sustainability of Semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas | The University of Arizona – Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development

Non-Governmental Organizations

The Nature Conservancy | Sky Island Alliance | Rincon Institute | Sonoran Institute | Arizona Center for Nature Conservation – Phoenix Zoo | Arizona Land and Water Trust | Empire Ranch Foundation | Audubon Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch | Colossal Cave Mountain Park | Watershed Management Group

Interest Groups

Save the Scenic Santa Ritas | Sonoita Crossroads Community Forum | Rincon Valley Coalition | Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center | Pima Trails Association | Arizona Trail Association | Huachuca Hiking Club | Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists | Vail Preservation Society

Schools and Youth Education Groups

Empire High SchoolCienega High School Vail School District │ Civano Middle School

Local Businesses, Land Owners, and Residents

Among many are included: Clyne Ranch │ Caldwell Design │ High Haven Ranch │ Kelso Family │ Slattum Family │ Vera Earl Ranch │ Walker Ranch | Current and retired agency employees

Funding Agencies and Other Supporters

Conservation Lands Foundation | National Fish and Wildlife Foundation | Wells Fargo | Southwest Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation | Summit Hut | Patagonia

To join the list of partners in programs and projects, please contact us at

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