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Broadband Leader: Kathy Ann Walsh
Broadband Co-Leader: Roz Switzer
Address:
Phoenix, Arizona
Description:

Metro Phoenix east to Superior, AZ and South to Florence, AZ, the Tonto National Forest, BLM Lands, State Trust Lands, including 10 Wilderness areas within a 60 mile radius.

Contact:
Kathy Ann Walsh
kathyannwalsh5658@msn.com

Roz Switzer
switzerros@gmail.com

Focus Areas:

  • Mexican Gray Wolf Reintroduction
    (including newly-formed Phoenix Lobos Rising Packtivist Group)
  • Scenic Wild River Designation for the Verde River
  • Reduction of Grazing Allotments
  • Effort to save Oak Flat, sacred Apache site and popular recreation area in the Tonto Forest from mining destruction
  • Re-introduction program for Black Footed Ferret, an endangered species
  • H2O Sentinels monitoring San Pedro and Verde Rivers
  • Trail maintenance
  • Invasive plant species removal
  • Protecting wildlife corridors crossing the U.S./Mexican Border and protesting the violation of numerous Environmental Laws in the Borderlands
  • Collaboration on various issues with Sierra Club, Lobos of the Southwest, Southwest Conservation Center, Center for Biological Diversity, AZ Wilderness Coalition, White Mountain Conservation League, U.S. Forest Service

Projects: 

  • Collaboration with The Sierra Club, AZ Wilderness Coalition, Center for Biological Diversity, The Sonoran Institute, Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, Lobos of the Southwest, and White Mountain Conservation League
  • Trail maintenance and invasive plant species removal with USFS
  • Attendance and advocacy at AZGF and USFWS Wolf Hearings
  • Advocacy at AZ State Capitol
  • We have formed an Arizona Regional Group of Broadbands to include Phoenix with Yavapai, Tucson and In the Steps of Leopold to enhance our efforts through the sharing of ideas, events and camaraderie.

Oak Flat proclamation Broadband leaders Kathy Ann Walsh, Roz Switzer, Jenny Cobb, and Fran Krackow, along with Broad Rose Cassidy, at a spiritual gathering held by the San Carlos Apache Tribe at Oak Flat. Tribal leaders created a proclamation petitioning the USA to abandon the Oak Flat land exchange and invited non-native groups to sign. Kathy Ann, Jenny, and Fran signed on behalf of Broads.

Broadlights:

Mexican Gray Wolf Re-Introduction
We gave testimony at USFWS public meetings and attended two Arizona Senate Environmental Committee Meetings, speaking directly with Arizona Senator Kavanaugh, and working outreach/educational tabling events.

After a presentation at the Arizona Game and Fish Commission meeting, a Commission Chairman was quoted as saying, “Well, before this, I had never heard of your organization, but I will remember it now.”

We collaborated with Lobos of the Southwest and the Sierra Club on the creation of the Phoenix Lobos Rising Packtivist Group, led by Roz Switzer.

Arizona Water Sentinels
Partnered with Sierra Club and Friends of the San Pedro River on monthly field trips to collect water samples, measure wells, and conduct observations of rivers to track impacts and advocate for protections. Includes San Pedro River, Middle and Lower Verde River.

Save Oak Flat
Participated in efforts and initial occupation of Oak Flat with the San Carlos Apache Tribe, along with other tribes, concerned citizens, and organizations. We protested the destruction of a popular recreation area and an Apache sacred site in the Tonto National Forest. A land trade with a multi-national mining company would bypass multiple environmental laws to build an enormous copper mine there.

Borderlands
Traveled 180 miles from Ajo, AZ to Yuma, AZ along the Camino del Diablo (Devil's Highway). We camped out for 3 nights in secluded sites in Cabeza Prieta and the Barry Goldwater Air Force Range, observing numerous off-road tracks in wilderness areas. We hiked to the border wall and tinajas (natural water tanks), visited outlying Border Patrol Stations, and interviewed BP Supervisor and agents.

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