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Dr. Holly E. Richter

Arizona Water Projects Director

The Nature Conservancy

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The Nature Conservancy

4245 North Fairfax Drive , Suite 100

Arlington, Virginia 22203

United States

Company Description

The Nature Conservancy in Texas ( maintains 38 ecologically important preserves and conservation projects statewide and, with partners, has conserved nearly one million acres of land and water in Texas. The organization has also led signi ... more

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Employment History

Upper San Pedro Project Manager



Partnership Advisory Commission

Member of the Technical Committee
Sierra Vista

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The Wildlands Project Comes to Hidalgo County - A Country Girl's Musin' by Judy Keeler [cached]

Never known for its modesty or lack of involvement, The Nature Conservancy in Arizona, was flattered when the United Nations wanted more information on their efforts to “solve water issues on the San Pedro River”, according to Holly Richter, Nature Conservancy’s Upper San Pedro program manager.

Testifying in Sweden during an international symposium, Richter “briefed representatives from 34 nations on the SanPedroRiver”.

Mountain Coalition - Committed to multiple use-access to public lands [cached]

Never known for its modesty or lack of involvement, The Nature Conservancy in Arizona, was flattered when the United Nations wanted more information on their efforts to "solve water issues on the San Pedro River", according to Holly Richter, Nature Conservancy's Upper San Pedro program manager.

Testifying in Sweden during an international symposium, Richter "briefed representatives from 34 nations on the SanPedroRiver".

Mapping the Status of Desert Streams - The Nature Conservancy's Center for Science and Public Policy [cached]

Holly Richter monitoring San Pedro River

TNC scientist Holly Richter monitors the San Pedro River from her horse.
Additional information on how wet/dry data have been analyzed can be found in the recently published paper by TNC scientists Dale Turner and Holly Richter, Wet/Dry mapping: using citizen scientists to monitor the extent of perennial surface flow in dryland regions.

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Holly Richter poses with Huckleberry, one of several rescued equines she cares for.

As director of conservation for The Nature Conservancy in Arizona, Holly Richter has spent years bringing together people with disparate agendas: ranchers, environmentalists, scientists, politicians and regular people. It's an arduous task, but she'll do whatever it takes to protect the things she finds most precious: nature and animals.
On a rainy December night in Southern Arizona, Holly Richter faces a conflict. It's not the usual environmental conflict fueled by competing needs for diminishing water supplies or frail landscapes, the kind of conflict she sees as the Arizona chapter of The Nature Conservancy's director of conservation. On this night, Richter faces a clash within herself, and it centers on a neglected donkey.
She knows she probably shouldn't rescue another equine - the corrals on her property bordering the San Pedro River are already full of expensive-to-maintain horses and donkeys she's either inherited or rescued, and she also owns two dogs, a cat and several parrots. Still, this donkey will surely die or be slaughtered if she doesn't step in, and she doesn't know how she could live with herself if she just stood by and let it happen. Weakened by hunger, the donkey struggles to lift his head, as though he can read her mind. When Richter walks away, the donkey lets out a long, mournful bray.
Of course, Holly Richter takes the donkey home.
This pre-flight check-in involves Richter putting Louie's nose into the halter while she's still outside the corral. He doesn't mind. She pulls the halter behind his ears. No resistance. He allows her into the corral. She gives him a treat. "Head up, head up," she says in her measured voice. He lifts up his head. Louie's ready for takeoff.
A tall, strong woman with long brown hair and piercing dark eyes, Richter leads Louie out of the corral and onto a dirt road linking the corrals and her house. "Step up, step up," Richter tells Louie. She walks him, stops him, walks him, stops him. When she gets Louie comfortable with his new world, she hopes to hop on his back one day.
Richter says her job is to ask, "So, what are we going to do about it?
There are pictures of Richter as a baby and small child at home in rural New York. Her mom died unexpectedly when Richter was 9. Her father remarried and forged a blended family that Richter valued and loved; she says her "ability to develop productive working relationships with conservation partners" stems in part from the "values and support I inherited from my family."
She's happiest when everyone else is happy with an environmental solution - such as when stakeholders forged an agreement recently to replenish the San Pedro near Palominas. The project explores new ways to capture storm water so it can sink into the ground and bolster dwindling groundwater that feeds a river threatened by drought and overuse.
There is much that's been done, a lot more to be done and a certain urgency brought on by the "prolonged drought. But Richter takes action in the face of huge environmental odds because, she says, if you let the enormity of a problem overwhelm you, it becomes paralyzing.
She's not paralyzed. She's got an office in Tucson, her house and her Toyota Prius. She's relentlessly driven to rescue what she holds most precious: nature and animals. Before I leave, I ask her how she sustains her drive, and she says, "That's hard to answer, but I guess, at the end of the day, you want to know you made a difference."
A few months later, Louie's out in the pasture with Richter's beloved Huckleberry, a hardworking, gentle donkey she's owned for years. Out of the blue, Louie attacks Huckleberry, who is much smaller. With Louie riding on his back, Huckleberry runs to the barn for help, and Richter has to whack Louie with a rope to get him off Huckleberry.
Huckleberry survives, but Richter's faced with another internal conflict. Louie is a threat to her other, good-natured equines. She's forced to make a heart-wrenching decision. She gives Louie to a friend of a friend, someone who has a much larger donkey, named Peacemaker, at a ranch near Sonoita. Peacemaker doesn't put up with Louie's kicks or bites, and Richter says Louie is happy there.
In the end, she says, "rescuing and managing equines" isn't all that different from tackling complex environmental problems. You can't always make everything perfect, but at least you can make a difference. She rescued Louie, and he's healthy now. Of course, he's not living on her ranch, as she'd hoped, but she knows things don't always turn out as expected. "Fix what can be fixed," she says.

"The Conservancy is ... [cached]

"The Conservancy is transferring Buehman Canyon to Pima County because it's a key part of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan," said Holly Richter, the director of conservation for the Conservancy in Arizona. The plan is the County's effort to balance conservation of natural and cultural resources with growth through land acquisition, management, planning and regulation.

"We know the County will protect the valued habitat and wildlife," Richter said.

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