The Empire Ranch Foundation was recognized by the Cienega Watershed Partnership (CWP) with a listing on CWP’s Wall of Honor. The Wall of Honor recognizes those who have contributed significantly to advancing the CWP mission of sustaining the Cienega watershed. The service must be extraordinary both in time and diversity and it must be significant and long-term to the watershed.
The award recognizes ERF for providing a lasting and beneficial impact on the Empire Ranch Headquarters and on Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. These include partnering, developing, funding, and supporting with time and resources significant programs in 1) site protection, stabilization and restoration; 2) heritage education, exhibits and interpretation; 3) archival work including oral history, photographic, and other documentation; and, 4) public events, communication and opportunities for involvement.
Click here to purchase your tickets for the August 2nd showing of Ride the High Country. The 7th annual Western Movie at the Loft Cinema features Ride the High Country starring Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott. Our program for the evening includes Wyatt McCrea, Joel McCrea’s grandson, and author of Joel McCrea, A Film History. Doors open at 6:00 pm, program starts at 6:30pm. Tickets prices are: $20 for non-members, $15 for Empire Ranch Foundation members.
On April 14, 2018 Walter L. Vail (1852-1906) will be inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Hall of Great Westerners. This high honor is bestowed by the Museum “on exceptional individuals who have made an indelible impact upon the history of the great West.” Walter Vail joins Frank Seymour Boice (1894-1956), who operated and owned the Empire Ranch from 1928-1956, and more than 200 other individuals who contributed to the advancement of western heritage.
ERF is delighted to welcome Lahsha Brown as our new Administrator! Born and raised in Idaho, Lahsha grew up enjoying life in the great outdoors. She began working for Idaho office of The Wilderness Society in 1995. There she led campaigns to protect Wilderness areas, Wild & Scenic Rivers, National Monuments, NCAs, and other special public lands. Lahsha moved to Tucson in 2006 and has worked for Sky Island Alliance, as Executive Director of the Friends of Ironwood Forest, Executive Director of Friends of Sabino Canyon, and most recently for Native Seeds/SEARCH.
The BLM has re-opened portions of Las Cienegas National Conservation Area which were closed due to the recent Sawmill Fire. . Areas south and west of the 900 road are now open. The public may access the Empire Ranch Headquarters through the main entrances off highways 82 and 83. However, the Heritage Discovery Trail, all parts of the Empire Gulch, and all other burned areas remain closed for further emergency stabilization and rehabilitation. Click here for maps and more information.
Dedicated volunteers have been key to preserving the historic Empire Ranch House and Headquarters. Volunteer Days for hands-on preservation activities at the ranch are held generally on the third Saturday of February, April, June, August, and October. Join us for the next Volunteer Day on Saturday, August 19th from 8am to noon. To volunteer, please submit a Volunteer Opportunities Form, and we will contact you with more details!
The Foundation’s annual Spring Trail Ride on Saturday April 1st was a great success! Everyone enjoyed the ride through the rolling hills and spectacular scenery of Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. Click here to view photos of the day.
The Ranch House stabilization will include reinforcing the foundations in several areas; securing the tops of the walls for structural strength; repairing interior and exterior wall surfaces; replacing the roof on the Victorian Addition; rehabilitating the Children’s Addition to make it safe for visitors; and contouring work around the house to improve drainage. To assure public safety the Ranch House will be closed for most of the year, starting in May 2017.