Size: 279 acres
Eco-Region: Apache Highlands
Conservation Values: Agriculture, Scenic Open Space, Wildlife Habitat
Type of Project: Transferred Conservation Easement
Date Completed: December 2015
In December 2015, NMLC recorded the transfer of an Arizona conservation easement on 279 acres near Clifton in Greenlee County, Arizona. The “Anchor Ranch Conservation Easement” was transferred from the White Mountains Land Trust to NMLC, with assistance from The Nature Conservancy’s Arizona chapter. The property belongs to James and Clarice Holder and the easement protects an important reach of Upper Eagle Creek, a tributary of the Gila River, several species that are in decline such as the lowland leopard frog, Gila chub, Mexican spotted owl, American peregrine falcon, bald eagle, common black-hawk, yellow-billed cuckoo and Southwest willow flycatcher.