FRIENDS OF THE HUACHUCA MOUNTAINS
SUMMER 2023 NEWSLETTER
Message From the President
It is almost SUMMER, and we are off and running. The oak trees are retaining a lot more of their leaves this year and we are weeks away from the hopeful start of a generous monsoon season. Fire activity has been light in the area but the next couple of weeks will be precarious.
Our visitation numbers are trending upward from last year. Weekend visitor counts have been good, and we’ve hosted a fair number of special groups. We have seen a huge increase in our Sunday afternoon program attendance. The Biological Riches of Bahia de Kino presented by Dr. Steve Merkley Cochise College students was awesome. This activity was able to happen due in part to the FOHM scholarship funding. Mark Hart’s Mountain Lion presentation was standing room only and we found out we could park 38 vehicles in our small parking lot!
Much of our visitor success can be attributed to Jane Chambers’ speaker coordination and Carolyn Santucci’s coordination with the Sierra Vista Herald and SSVEC Currents magazine. Eric Petermann, SSVEC Public Relations Manager, with the assistance of Carolyn and Pat Dillingham, developed a major three-page article on the Carr House and its activities which was sent to over 40,000 homes in SE AZ.
A new activity started this year is the Saturday morning walk or program. The FOHM is sponsoring a walk or program each month starting at 9 a.m. featuring a focused theme of the area. On May 13, Steve Merkley led a walk looking for birds in the area around Carr House. On June 24 Rebecca Hodgeson from the U.S. Forest Service will be doing a Firewise program. A list of remaining programs and walks for this year can be found below.
On the business side we are in the process of wrapping up FY23 and developing a budget for Fiscal Year 24, which starts September 1, 2023. As part of this process, we will be developing project estimates and prioritization.
To be candid we have had some challenges with our website, and we are in the process of negotiating an agreement with a new provider. More to follow.
This year we have one position on the Board that is up for reelection, Board Member/Public Involvement Officer. Be on the lookout for an email in July regarding the reelection process.
Not to be too self-promoting, but we do have an opportunity to showcase Carr House in the SV Herald Best of Cochise County 2023. The nomination period ends June 14. Please consider nominating Carr House under the recreational activity category.
Click on this link to nominate us.
This is indeed a busy time around the Carr House. Thank you for your continued support and for making Carr House a place 400 people wanted to visit last month.
Eric Andersen, President
Programs for the remainder of the year:
Sunday, June 18, 1:30 p.m.
Hooray for Herps-Snakes, Lizards and More
Saturday, June 24, 9 a.m.
Sunday, July 2, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 8, 9 a.m.
Geology of the Huachuca Mountains
Sunday, July 16, 1:30 p.m.
Endangered Species of the Upper San Pedro Valley
Sunday, July 30, 1:30 p.m.
Rattlesnake Family Life
Saturday, August 5, 9 a.m.
Sunday, August 13, 1:30 p.m.
Saving Camp Naco
Sunday, August 27, 1:30 p.m.
An Overview of the Archaeology of the Huachuca Mountains
Sunday, September 10, 1:30 p.m.
Nature Sketching and Journaling
Saturday, September 6, 9 a.m.
Hike with Mike
Sunday, September 24, 1:30 p.m.
Following the Footsteps of The Forgotten Botanist: A Visual Journey: Sara Plummer Lemmon’s Life and Work
Sunday, October 15, 1:30 p.m.
History of Brown Canyon
Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m.
Early Pioneers in Carr Canyon, optional walk to ruins
Sunday, October 29, 1:30 p.m.
Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)
Friends of the Huachuca Mountains Board of Directors:
Eric Andersen, President
Dwight Hoxie, Vice President
Linda Stitt, Secretary
Pat Dillingham, Treasurer
Jane Chambers, Director
Steve Merkley, Director
Carolyn Santucci, Director