The Rim to River COA extends from the Mogollon Rim at its southern boundary, north to the Little Colorado River (LCR), and is generally bounded by Chevelon Canyon to the east and Clear Creek Canyon to the west. With an elevation range of more than 3,000 feet, it contains a diverse assemblage of vegetation types, ranging from Great Basin desertscrub along the LCR, at an elevation of approximately 4,870 feet above sea level, to the Petran montane conifer forest vegetation type, topping out at approximately 7,960 feet along the Mogollon Rim. This diversity provides habitat for numerous native wildlife and plant species, winter and summer ranges for big game species, and provides for important wildlife-related recreational opportunities. Within this COA are the Beaver Creek Ridge and the Horse Trap Wildlife Quiet Areas, the Chevelon Canyon Ranches and the Chevelon Creek Wildlife Areas, the historic Chevelon Canyon Wildlife Management Unit, as well as numerous lakes, including Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Bear Canyon Lake, and Clear Creek Reservoir.
- Improve maintain forest, woodland, grassland, and desertscrub vegetation communities within their range of natural variability to maintain and improve wildlife habitat, and to make these communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
- Improve and maintain the hydrologic and ecological function of the watershed conditions, streams, riparian, and wetland areas and the habitats they support.
- Promote native riparian vegetation and native fish recovery.
- Maintain and enhance wildlife water availability and distribution.
- Maintain and enhance travel corridors, and travel, hiding, and thermal cover for a wide variety of wildlife species.
2. Biological Resource Use
3. Climate Change and Severe Weather
4. Residential and Commercial Development
6. Energy Production and Mining
7. Human Intrusions and Disturbance
8. Invasive and Other Problematic Species
9. Natural System Modifications
11. Transportation and Service Corridors
Potential Conservation Actions
1. Land and Water Protection
- Conserve a variety of habitats that support healthy populations of fish and wildlife as climate changes.
2. Land and Water Management
- Restore and maintain diverse habitats to support broad species assemblages that account for range shifts.
- Develop and enhance artificial waters on the landscape.
- Improve management of recreational activities, especially in sensitive riparian areas.
- Identify and protect key wildlife corridors for landscape connectivity.
- Implement projects focused on improving the quality of altered systems creating suitable habitat and/or habitat features for wildlife.
- Maintain natural fire regimes on the landscape through prescribed burns and natural fire management.
3. Species Management
- Implement long-term monitoring protocols for vulnerable species and habitats to inform adaptive management.
- Conduct research targeting species and habitat types likely to be vulnerable to climate change impacts.
- Collect specimens or samples for taxonomic analysis, genetics, research, and/or disease testing.
- Establish new wild and/or captive populations of climate vulnerable SGCN.
- Petran Montane Conifer Forests
- Great Basin Conifer Woodlands
- Plains and Great Basin Grasslands
- Great Basin Desertscrub
- Lentic Systems
- Lotic Systems
Arizona Toad, Chiricahua Leopard Frog, Northern Leopard Frog, Arizona Tiger Salamander
American Kestrel, American Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagle, Chipping Sparrow, Common Black Hawk, Flammulated Owl, Golden Eagle, Grace's Warbler, Greater Pewee, Hermit Thrush, Long-eared Owl, Mexican Spotted Owl, Mountain Chickadee, Northern Goshawk, Northern Harrier, Western Burrowing Owl
Allen's Lappet-browed Bat, Fringed Myotis, Mexican Gray Wolf, Southwestern Myotis, Big Free-tailed Bat, Hoary Bat
See Associated Aquatic COAs for fish species.
Protected Areas and Other Areas of Conservation Value
- Chevelon Canyon Ranch Wildlife Area
- Chevelon Creek Wildlife Area
- Beaver Creek Ridge
- East Clear Creek
- Horse Trap Wildlife Quiet Area
- Willow Creek
- Woods Canyon
- Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
- Arizona State Land Department
- Hopi Tribe
- Arizona Department of Fire and Forestry Management
- Arizona Elk Society
- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
- Arizona Antelope Foundation
- Mule Deer Foundation
- Arizona Deer Association
- Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society
- Quail Forever/Pheasants Forever
- Audubon Southwest
- Private Landowners
Relevant Conservation Plans
- Land Management Plan for the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (Revised October 2017)
- Four-Forest Restoration Initiative
Associated Aquatic COAs
- Alder Canyon
- Chevelon Canyon - Chevelon Canyon Lake to the confluence of Woods Canyon and Willow Springs Canyon
- Chevelon Canyon - Chevelon Crossing upstream to Chevelon Canyon Lake
- Chevelon Canyon - Horse Canyon upstream to Chevelon Crossing
- Chevelon Canyon - Little Colorado River upstream to Horse Canyon
- Chevelon Canyon Lake
- Clear Creek upstream of Clear Creek Reservoir to Willow Creek Confluence
- East Clear Creek - Leonard Canyon to C.C. Cragin Reservoir
- Leonard Canyon Complex
- West Chevelon Canyon
- Willow Creek - Clear Creek to Headwaters
- Willow Springs Canyon - Chevelon Canyon to Willow Springs Lake