The name, Landsward, derives from the vision and mission of the Foundation to support the land use ethic and comprehensive land stewardship. Steward originates from the Old English terms stig (manor) and ward (guard), or one who minds the home and grounds of the landowner. In this sense, the compound term Landsward names the keeper of the land itself. It is the archaic term for Landward, used in navigation, a meaning appropriately echoed in the Foundation’s purpose to provide vision and guidance toward the future of land stewardship. Finally, the Old English word sward denotes Earth or open land covered by grass.
Landsward Foundation serves as a liaison between landowners, land use managers and the scientific community in hopes of bringing together researchers sharing a common interest in understanding and sustaining the lands of the Coconino Plateau Region and the Little Colorado River Valley to promote environmental stewardship in conjunction with agricultural production and other land uses. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that operates solely for charitable, educational and scientific endeavors. It provides scientific data, both baseline and range-shift information, about the biology, habitats, wildlife populations and general environmental condition and quality of the land. Landsward also monitors the natural and cultural resource qualities of the Coconino Plateau Region and the Little Colorado River Valley, including the geology, soils, hydrology and archaeology.
Species of special interest to Landsward include the golden eagle, American pronghorn, the endangered black-footed ferret, Gunnison’s prairie dog, the ferruginous hawk, and the endangered Fickeisen plains cactus. The Landsward Foundation provides guidelines for managing and monitoring these species, as well as conservation objectives and strategies. Along with Northern Arizona University researchers, Landsward facilitates inventory studies and research in the San Juan River corridor; avian and bat surveys along the San Juan, Fossil Creek and Verde rivers; and, bird habitat research in the Verde River riparian zone at Camp Verde. Also through an agreement with NAU, two Landsward biological research field stations—Blue Chute and Black Point—are being used to study how genetic variation in plants can help them adapt to a changing environment through the Southwestern Experimental Garden Array (SEGA).
This information is disseminated to private and public landowners and managers to assist in understanding and protecting the short-term and long-term integrity and biodiversity of this environment.
Range Plant Handbook on blurb.com or you may download a free ebook
A Field Guide to the Plants of Babbitt Ranches and Coconino Plateau
by Greg Goodwin, in coordination with Babbitt Ranches, LLC