Every year at the Cienega Watershed Partnership Annual Meeting, CWP honors those who have contributed significantly over time in advancing the mission of the CWP, its public forums, and the Cienega Watershed. The service must be extraordinary both in time and diversity and it must be significant and long term. Nominate someone for the Wall of Honor.
2023 Wall of Honor Inductees
Tom Meixner was a passionate engine of wisdom for the Watershed. His boundless energy, expertise, and leadership kept CWP going and pushed it further in directions that it needed to go. He touched every facet of the organization from ensuring that CWP participated in fundraising programs like Giving Tuesday to continuing CWP’s Wall of Honor to recognize contributions to the watershed.
For over a decade, Larry has made a difference in the Cienega Watershed and in how sustainability of important desert ecosystems can be approached for longer-term adaptive management using a collaborative framework.
Chris ‘s major contribution to the Cienega Watershed has been her long-term efforts in youth leadership and environmental education programs, most notably how to effect restoration of desert habitats through youth efforts.
Meet the past Cienega Watershed Partnership inductees onto the Wall of Honor:
Dennis Caldwell has a passion for natural history in general and frogs and other herpetofauna in particular, which has led to significant contributions to on-the-ground scientific investigations, educational outreach activities, and restoration actions.
Resident and landowner along Davidson Canyon and actively involved in the barrel racing and horse training world for many years, Charlotte Cook is familiar with the concerns of ranchers as well as environmentalists.
Through their Southeastern Arizona Grasslands Pronghorn Initiative, the Arizona Antelope Foundation (AAF) has significantly contributed to the stewardship of native wildlife on the Cienega Watershed.
In 1997, private citizens formed the Empire Ranch Foundation with the mission to protect, restore, and sustain the Empire Ranch historical buildings and landscape as an outstanding western heritage education center.
Julia Fonseca has been with Pima County since the mid-1980s and soon became the first manager of the Cienega Creek Natural Preserve, where she undertook a lengthy nomination and designation process for Cienega Creek to be named an ADEQ Unique Water of Arizona, the state’s highest level of surface water quality protection.
Martie Maierhauser has contributed to the success of the Cienega Watershed Partnership (CWP) since its inception and for the many years since. She is a founding member of the 4Cs and the CWP and the only Board Chair that CWP has elected.
Shela’s vision, energy, and love of the watershed make everything possible. She is a master of collaboration, considering individual or organizational differences, yet keeping us focused on and moving towards the end goal.
Phil Rosen was tireless in his efforts to understand and protect the ecological values of the Cienega watershed for years. He worked with Pima County on developing aquatic vertebrate conservation approaches for the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, and documented Sonoran desert tortoise status in the Vail region.
Mike was born and raised in New York City and fell in love with nature at summer camps in upstate New York. He obtained a degree in Philosophy with an emphasis on people’s relationship with and response to nature.
Jeff is a fisheries biologist… in the desert, a place where he has to explain why we need a fisheries biologist. Nonetheless the watershed has fish and Jeff’s dedication and passion are reasons why native fish (and other aquatic species and habitats) have successful populations on the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.
For over 25 years, Karen’s story – from bride living on the Las Cienegas to founder of the collaborative movement for the NCA – illustrates how dear the grasslands are to her and how her involvement ensures that it is sustained.
Ian Tomlinson is associated with the words “trusted”, “cooperative”, “respected”, “adaptive”, “land steward”, and “community partner”. Ian is a well-respected prominent member of the Sonoita/Elgin community in the upper watershed.
Elizabeth Webb contributed to the mission of the CWP, the SVPP, and the CCCC through her many volunteer efforts towards the protection, preservation, and stewardship of the cultural and natural resources in this area.
Jeff Williamson is a long-time, dedicated ecologist and collaborator in the Cienega Watershed. He was an early member of the Sonoita Valley Planning Partnership and worked tirelessly in the creation of the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.
For the last fifteen years of his life, Stephen Wood dedicated his life to the Arizona Trail, first as part of the Southern Arizona Mountain Biking Association (SAMBA) which signed on as the stewards of the Santa Rita Mountains segment.