HEREFORD NRCD BOARD ADVISORS
Jack Ladd, Advisor
Jack has been a Cooperator of the Hereford NRCD for many years. He was appointed to the Board of Supervisors in 1991. Although, as in the case of many ranchers, Jack has had an outside job for most of his ranching career, he has been a full time rancher for the last 20 years. During this time he was briefly President of the Coronado RC&D, was one of the four local individuals selected for the 1999 Tri-County Study of Sustaining and Enhancing Riparian Migratory Bird Habitation on the Upper San Pedro River and for several years was the NRCD representative on the Upper San Pedro Partnership Advisory Committee. Jack is a committed conservationist. He and his family own and operate a ranch along the Mexican border between Naco and the San Pedro River, which was originally homesteaded by his wife's family well over a hundred years ago. He has consistently followed proven conservation practices on the ranch as did his mother-in-law before him and now his son. Over the past 60 years, with the help of the NRCS and its predecessors, the Ladd family have root-plowed or grubbed over 5,000 acres in an effort to enhance the infiltration of storm water runoff and to eliminate mesquite and brush. They have also built hundreds of dikes to slow and spread the runoff. Jack plans to continue this work as long as he is able.
Gail Griffin, AZ Senator - District 14
Jeri Ligon was raised in the West Texas city of Odessa, which is in the middle of the Permian Basin oilfield. Her grandparents also lived in Odessa.
Her grandfather was an oilfield contractor and often took one of his older grandchildren to whatever location he needed to visit. Many times Jeri went with him to open and close the ranchers' gates that they drove through.
Her grandfather also taught all the grandchildren to drive on the way to the location. After arriving at the site, Jeri would go "exploring" in the area looking for rocks, etc. until she heard grandad honk the car horn to let her know he was ready to leave.
When she graduated high school Jeri went to college at Texas Tech where she majored in Geology for three years. In the fourth year she changed her degree to English, got married, and joined her husband who was entering the U.S. Army.
Jeri holds a Bachelor of Science Degree. "I believe my appreciation of the wonder of our natural landscapes was my inspiration for the degree. Farmers and ranchers are the amazing folks I enjoy working with."
ARE YOU READY TO FLOCK TOGETHER TO MEET OUR MISSION AND GOALS?
Conservation Districts have statutory responsibility to, "provide for the restoration and conservation of lands and soil resources of the state, the preservation of water rights and the control and prevention of soil erosion, and thereby to conserve natural resources, conserve wildlife, protect the tax base, protect public lands and protect and restore this state's rivers and streams and associated riparian habitats,
including fish and wildlife resources that are dependent on those habitats, and in such manner to protect and promote the public health, safety and general welfare of the people."
Ivette and Chuck Cunningham, Small Acreage Landowner Advisors
Although Chuck and Ivette come from different backgrounds their love for nature and animals are mutual. Chuck and Ivette have known each other for 50 years. Chuck has lived locally since 1966 and Ivette moved to the area in 2013. Their history of military life as children and love of nature brought them together and were married in 2014. They knew from the start they wanted to live in open land with mountain views and under large blue skies. Now, their dreams have come true!
They purchased 40-acres of rangeland in Hereford and that is where their lives intersected with the NRCS and the Hereford NRCD. They desire open range with native grasses and trees. Currently, their property is populated with an abundance of mesquite trees as is much of the rangeland in southeastern Arizona. Chuck and Ivette joined the Hereford NRCD to help them to learn and understand the grasses and ecological processes on their newly acquired property. This resulted in a Land Evaluation and Site Assessment by Don Decker, NRCS District Range Conservationist. This is what made joining the Hereford NRCD so appealing for the Cunningham’s. That is, learning about the grasses, water flows, and the power of wind through their participation in the District and its partners like NRCS.
They knew they wanted to help others because of their personal experiences. So when asked, they accepted to assist the Board of Supervisors in the role of small acreage landowner Board Advisors in November 2020.
Pat Call first came to the area in 1951. Call lives in the Sierra Vista area with his wife Trish and has two grown sons – both born and raised in Sierra Vista. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology and is a Vietnam era veteran.
He was appointed to the Sierra Vista Planning and Zoning Commission in 1991 and served on that commission until 2001. In 2001 he was first elected to the Cochise County Board of Supervisors and subsequently served five 4-year terms in that position. In 2019 he was appointed to fill the position of Presiding Judge for the Sierra Vista Justice Court. Mr. Call retired from public service on December 31, 2020.
Call has been instrumental in a number of water programs and efforts over the years. These include:
•Upper San Pedro Partnership (past chairman and member of the executive committee) •Founding member of the Cochise Conservation and Recharge Network (CCRN) •The Cochise Water Project, Executive Director •Served on many state and local water and growth task forces/commissions to include the Governor’s appointee to the Arizona Water Resources Development Committee (past commission member & chair of the legislative recommendations work group) •Hereford Natural Resource Conservation District, past board member
Pat Call, Water and Land Stewardship Advisor
State Senator Gail Griffin represents Legislative District 14 in the Arizona State Senate. District 14 includes portions of 4 counties; Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, and Pima. Gail is currently serving as the Majority Whip of the Senate and serves as the Chairman of the Natural Resources, Energy and Water Committee, and as a member of the Government Committee, and Rules Committees.
Gail’s activities and memberships include: Arizona Farm Bureau, Arizona Cattle Growers Association, Natural Resource Conservation Districts, Arizona/New Mexico Coalition of Counties, Realtor’s Association (Local, State, and National), Arizona Historical Society, and Sierra Vista Elks Lodge (2065). She has also been volunteering annually for the past 15 years with Girl’s State and she is a Stephens Minister with her local Church.
Gail is an Associate Real Estate Broker (40 years) at Sierra Vista Realty and lives in Cochise County.