After the Fire Video Series

The 2021 Telegraph and Mescal Fires charred over 250,000 acres of land across Pinal and Gila Counties and the San Carlos Apache Reservation. A record monsoon season followed the flames, triggering floods and debris flows that threatened property and lives. Despite these hardships, natural disasters have a way of binding communities together, creating opportunities for collaboration toward recovery and resilience.

Recorded at public meetings on October 29 and 30, 2021, the After the Fire Video Series collects conversations about the status of local land and water resources following the Telegraph and Mescal Fires, priorities for post-fire recovery, how to prepare for future hazards and what it means to live in fire-adapted communities.

The entire After the Fire series is available to watch as a playlist on the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension YouTube channel. Watch the entire After the Fire playlist.

After the Fire is a collaborative effort by the Cobre Valley Watershed Partnership, Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum, US Forest Service, Water Resources Research Center and UArizona Gila County Cooperative Extension.

Cobre Talks – A Noxious Problem: Nonnative Invasive Plants in the Cobre Valley of Arizona

Nonnative invasive plants cause significant economic and ecological damage where they occur. They can impact the land, leading to irreversible change and limiting an area’s full biological potential. Gila County Cooperative Extension Agent Chris Jones (University of Arizona) discusses several noxious weeds that occur in the Cobre Valley and management strategies to control their spread. Visit Gila County Cooperative Extension at

Links discussed during the talk:

Weeds of the West –…

Non-Native Invasive Plants of Arizona –…

West Wide Drought Tracker –

EDD Maps –

Cobre Talks – I Can’t Help Falling in Love: Creating Emotional Attachments to Place

Why do we love some places more than others? How come it feels good to come home? Dr. Wilshire explores how creating emotional attachments to place can support help support both a healthy watershed and vibrant community. Learn to turn a place from livable to lovable, support the soul of a community, and practical ways to build connection to the Cobre Valley Watershed.

Cobre Talks – Role of the Private Sector in Protecting Well Owners

Having your own private well is just like running a small water utility. Like any utility, you are responsible for providing safe water and understanding the testing and maintenance required to keep your family safe.

Don M. Ascoli is a Public Water Systems operator and runs Rim Country Water Testing. In this Cobre Talk, Don walks you through getting your well tested by a professional, resources available to you as a well owner, and suggestions for ensuring your well continues to produce safe drinking water for you and your family.

CVWP Watershed Action Plan Webinar

Video recorded as part of the Garden and Country Extension Webinar Series hosted by Chris Jones from the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Gila County.

The communities of the Cobre Valley (Globe-Miami, AZ and nearby incorporated areas), share many of the same challenges surrounding water resources: reliable sources of potable water, groundwater contamination, aging water infrastructure, a push for environmental considerations, and trying to not be overlooked in the Arizona General Adjudication. The formation of the watershed partnership seeks to bring together multiple stakeholders from a wide variety of backgrounds to contribute to a Watershed Action Plan with a clear vision, well-defined goals, viable projects, and robust support from the communities in the Cobre Valley. There are already projects being put together by other community engagement groups and committees such as the Pinal Creek Trails Group’s effort to create a demonstration trail on reclaimed mining property, and a master recreation plan for the region. The partnership seeks to be a central hub for ideas and organization in the greater community. The Watershed Action Plan is being developed as the primary document where all information about the region’s background, current conditions, and projects are coalesced for the community and in support of existing government policies. This presentation is to not only share the partnership’s progress, engage the community with ideas and vision.

Explained: World’s Water Crisis by Netflix

Watch the full video a by visiting the Netflix YouTube page.

In partnership with Vox Media Studios and Vox, this enlightening explainer series will take viewers deep inside a wide range of culturally relevant topics, questions, and ideas. Each episode will explore current events and social trends pulled from the zeitgeist, touching topics across politics, science, history and pop culture — featuring interviews with some of the most authoritative experts in their respective fields.

In this episode: The global water crisis is at an inflection point. How do we price our most valuable resource, while also ensuring access to it as a human right?

US Rating: TV-MA. This show is designed for for mature audiences only.

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Space Mission Earth Program Webinar

Video recorded as part of the Garden and Country Extension Webinar Series hosted by Chris Jones from the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Gila County.

Everyone contributes to the Planet Earth Civilization. We are all the builders through our thoughts and actions. The construct of a planet civilization elevates us all to a common ground. A program is introduced with the intent to establish Planet Earth Equitable Social – Environmental Stewardship. The program structure is based upon For Benefit, Open Access to Knowledge and Open Source platforms. The program and book titled Space Mission Earth for all intents and purposes are structured as an operational space program. Their mission is to develop the planet’s civilization as if it were a new planet through equitable social and environmental stewardship implementation actions. Principles and tools are presented to work within a common ground for the balance of the Environment, Nature and Humanity within the planet. The project and the synthesis concept are presented for further development as proof of concept through planet wide input.