National Audubon Society : Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch

366 Research Ranch Road
Elgin, AZ 85611


Mission and Goals

The mission of The Research Ranch is to formulate, test, and demonstrate methods to restore and safeguard the bioregion, and provide assistance to citizens and policy-makers in the protection and stewardship of our native ecosystems, natural resources and quality of life.

The Research Ranch provides 3 key functions: ecosystem conservation, research, and regional education and outreach.

Ecosystem conservation: to provide safe haven for a diversity of native species.

Research: to increase our understanding of how grasslands function, and to formulate, test and demonstrate methods to restore ecosystems in the bioregion.

Education and outreach: to encourage citizens and policy makers to safeguard and restore native ecosystems in the bioregion.

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