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Buckeye Training Area (BTA). Natural resources you should be aware of: Extreme heat and aridity exacerbate fatigue, water consumption, and injuries. Adapt yourself to these conditions by keeping your skin, head, and eyes protected and constantly hydrate .

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Buckeye training area bta

Buckeye Training Area (BTA)

  • Natural resources you should be aware of:

    • Extreme heat and aridity exacerbate fatigue, water consumption, and injuries. Adapt yourself to these conditions by keeping your skin, head, and eyes protected and constantly hydrate.

    • Venomous arthropods (spiders and scorpions), rattlesnakes (mohave, western diamond-backed, sidewinder), and mammals (cougar, javelina, fox, and coyote). Visually check your foot and hand holds when climbing or stepping over obstructions.

      • Encounters with snakes and arthropods in this area are common; encounters with mammals are uncommon.

      • If bitten by a rattlesnake DO: limit activity to reduce circulation, keep hydrated, seek medical attention, allow yourself to be helped by others.

      • If bitten by a rattlesnake DO NOT: attempt to kill or collect the rattlesnake for identification, apply pressure or tourniquet to the wound, cut the wound and suck or draw out the venom, panic.

      • Mammals will not likely attack groups of humans, rabies however can be common in coyotes and foxes increasing aggression.

      • Do not underestimate cornered mammals, even javelina. It is legal to kill an animal to defend yourself. All dangerous encountersshould be reported to the environmental office.

    • When traversing the mountains and washes, pay attention to your footing.

    • BTA is home to many species of cactus, cholla, and agave that can deliver painful wounds, be aware of your surroundings.


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Buckeye Training Area (BTA)

  • Stay on roads and trails and out of riparian areas as much as possible to avoid increasing erosion and damaging sensitive plant and animal communities.

  • There are several gated mine shafts which are protected areas for wildlife habitat, do not attempt to enter these areas.

  • The cryptobiotic crust is a thin layer of algae, lichens, and liverworts which takes several decades to form, in addition:

    • Crusts holds the soil in place and protects underlying sediments from erosion. 

    • They pioneer soil development on bare inorganic sediments, absorbing water and enriching the surface with nutrients and organic matter. 

    • Creates a favorable environment for seeds to germinate and for insects, worms, and other soil organisms to live.

    • Don’t bust the crust.

  • Threatened and Endangered Species:

    • All Arizona plants and animals are protected under state law and are the property of the people of this state.

    • There are no plants or animals present at BTA, that are listed under the ESA, you are likely to encounter.


Casa grande training site cts

Casa Grande Training Site (CTS)

  • Natural resources you should be aware of:

    • Extreme heat and aridity exacerbate fatigue, water consumption, and injuries. Adapt yourself to these conditions by keeping your skin, head, and eyes protected and constantly hydrate.

    • Venomous arthropods (spiders and scorpions), rattlesnakes (mohave, western diamond-backed, sidewinder), and mammals (cougar, javelina, fox, and coyote). Visually check your foot and hand holds when climbing or stepping over obstructions.

      • Encounters with snakes and arthropods in this area are common; encounters with mammals are uncommon.

      • If bitten by a rattlesnake DO: limit activity to reduce circulation, keep hydrated, seek medical attention, allow yourself to be helped by others.

      • If bitten by a rattlesnake DO NOT: attempt to kill or collect the rattlesnake for identification, apply pressure or tourniquet to the wound, cut the wound and suck or draw out the venom, panic.

      • Mammals will not likely attack groups of humans, rabies however can be common in coyotes and foxes increasing aggression.

      • Do not underestimate cornered mammals, even javelina. It is legal to kill an animal to defend yourself. All dangerous encountersshould be reported to the environmental office.

    • When traversing the mountains and washes, pay attention to your footing.

    • BTA is home to many species of cactus, cholla, and agave that can deliver painful wounds, be aware of your surroundings.


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Casa Grande Training Site (CTS)

  • Stay on roads and trails and out of riparian areas as much as possible to avoid increasing erosion and damaging sensitive plant and animal communities.

  • The cryptobiotic crust is a thin layer of algea, lichens, and liverworts which takes several decades to form, in addition:

    • Crusts holds the soil in place and protects underlying sediments from erosion. 

    • They pioneer soil development on bare inorganic sediments, absorbing water and enriching the surface with nutrients and organic matter. 

    • Creates a favorable environment for seeds to germinate and for insects, worms, and other soil organisms to live.

    • Don’t bust the crust.

  • Threatened and Endangered Species:

    • All Arizona plants and animals are protected under state law and are the property of the people of this state.

    • There are no plants or animals present at CTS, that are listed under the ESA, you are likely to encounter.


Florence military reservation fmr

Florence Military Reservation (FMR)

  • Natural resources you should be aware of:

    • Extreme heat and aridity exacerbate fatigue, water consumption, and injuries. Adapt yourself to these conditions by keeping your skin, head, and eyes protected and constantly hydrate.

    • Venomous arthropods (spiders and scorpions), rattlesnakes (mohave, western diamond-backed, sidewinder), and mammals (cougar, javelina, fox, and coyote). Visually check your foot and hand holds when climbing or stepping over obstructions.

      • Encounters with snakes and arthropods in this area are common; encounters with mammals are uncommon.

      • If bitten by a rattlesnake DO: limit activity to reduce circulation, keep hydrated, seek medical attention, allow yourself to be helped by others.

      • If bitten by a rattlesnake DO NOT: attempt to kill or collect the rattlesnake for identification, apply pressure or tourniquet to the wound, cut the wound and suck or draw out the venom, panic.

      • Mammals will not likely attack groups of humans, rabies however can be common in coyotes and foxes increasing aggression.

      • Do not underestimate cornered mammals, even javelina. It is legal to kill an animal to defend yourself. All dangerous encountersshould be reported to the environmental office.

    • When traversing the mountains and washes, pay attention to your footing.

    • BTA is home to many species of cactus, cholla, and agave that can deliver painful wounds, be aware of your surroundings.


Florence military reservation fmr1

Florence Military Reservation (FMR)

  • Stay on roads and trails and out of riparian areas as much as possible to avoid increasing erosion and damaging sensitive plant and animal communities.

  • The cryptobiotic crust is a thin layer of algea, lichens, and liverworts which takes several decades to form, in addition:

    • Crusts holds the soil in place and protects underlying sediments from erosion. 

    • They pioneer soil development on bare inorganic sediments, absorbing water and enriching the surface with nutrients and organic matter. 

    • Creates a favorable environment for seeds to germinate and for insects, worms, and other soil organisms to live.

    • Don’t bust the crust.

  • Threatened and Endangered Species:

    • All Arizona plants and animals are protected under state law and are the property of the people of this state.

    • There are 3 animals present at FMR, that are undergoing review for listing in the ESA, you may encounter. Be aware of these species, do not interfere with them in any way.


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Florence Military Reservation (FMR)

Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owl: Sparrow sized owl, mesquite and riparian obligate, extremely rare, report sighting to environmental office.

Tucson Shovel Nosed Snake: Small, nocturnal, sandy washes, creosote mounds, and roads, may be buried a few inches.

Sonoran Desert Tortoise: Large, riparian areas, roads and rocky slopes, do not pick up.


Silverbell army heliport sbah

Silverbell Army Heliport (SBAH)

  • Natural resources you should be aware of:

    • Extreme heat and aridity exacerbate fatigue, water consumption, and injuries. Adapt yourself to these conditions by keeping your skin, head, and eyes protected and constantly hydrate.

    • Venomous arthropods (spiders and scorpions), rattlesnakes (mohave, western diamond-backed, sidewinder), and mammals (javelina, fox, and coyote). Visually check your foot and hand holds when climbing or stepping over obstructions.

      • Encounters with snakes and arthropods in this area are uncommon; encounters with mammals are rare.

      • If bitten by a rattlesnake DO: limit activity to reduce circulation, keep hydrated, seek medical attention, allow yourself to be helped by others.

      • If bitten by a rattlesnake DO NOT: attempt to kill or collect the rattlesnake for identification, apply pressure or tourniquet to the wound, cut the wound and suck or draw out the venom, panic.

      • Mammals will not likely attack groups of humans, rabies however can be common in coyotes and foxes increasing aggression.

      • Do not underestimate cornered mammals, even javelina. It is legal to kill an animal to defend yourself. All dangerous encountersshould be reported to the environmental office.

    • When traversing the mountains and washes, pay attention to your footing.

    • BTA is home to many species of cactus, cholla, and agave that can deliver painful wounds, be aware of your surroundings.


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Silverbell Army Heliport (SBAH)

  • Stay on roads and trails and out of riparian areas as much as possible to avoid increasing erosion and damaging sensitive plant and animal communities.

  • The cryptobiotic crust is a thin layer of algea, lichens, and liverworts which takes several decades to form, in addition:

    • Crusts holds the soil in place and protects underlying sediments from erosion. 

    • They pioneer soil development on bare inorganic sediments, absorbing water and enriching the surface with nutrients and organic matter. 

    • Creates a favorable environment for seeds to germinate and for insects, worms, and other soil organisms to live.

    • Don’t bust the crust.

  • Threatened and Endangered Species:

    • All Arizona plants and animals are protected under state law and are the property of the people of this state.

    • There are no plants or animals present at SBAH, that are listed under the ESA, you are likely to encounter.


Safford training site sts

Safford Training Site (STS)

  • Natural resources you should be aware of:

    • Extreme heat and aridity exacerbate fatigue, water consumption, and injuries. Adapt yourself to these conditions by keeping your skin, head, and eyes protected and constantly hydrate.

    • Venomous arthropods (spiders and scorpions), rattlesnakes (mohave, western diamond-backed), and mammals (cougar, javelina, fox, and coyote). Visually check your foot and hand holds when climbing or stepping over obstructions.

      • Encounters with snakes and arthropods in this area are uncommon; encounters with mammals are uncommon.

      • If bitten by a rattlesnake DO: limit activity to reduce circulation, keep hydrated, seek medical attention, allow yourself to be helped by others.

      • If bitten by a rattlesnake DO NOT: attempt to kill or collect the rattlesnake for identification, apply pressure or tourniquet to the wound, cut the wound and suck or draw out the venom, panic.

      • Mammals will not likely attack groups of humans, rabies however can be common in coyotes and foxes increasing aggression.

      • Do not underestimate cornered mammals, even javelina. It is legal to kill an animal to defend yourself. All dangerous encountersshould be reported to the environmental office.

    • When traversing the mountains and washes, pay attention to your footing.

    • BTA is home to many species of cactus, cholla, and agave that can deliver painful wounds, be aware of your surroundings.


Safford training site sts1

Safford Training Site (STS)

  • Stay on roads and trails and out of riparian areas as much as possible to avoid increasing erosion and damaging sensitive plant and animal communities.

  • The cryptobiotic crust is a thin layer of algea, lichens, and liverworts which takes several decades to form, in addition:

    • Crusts holds the soil in place and protects underlying sediments from erosion. 

    • They pioneer soil development on bare inorganic sediments, absorbing water and enriching the surface with nutrients and organic matter. 

    • Creates a favorable environment for seeds to germinate and for insects, worms, and other soil organisms to live.

    • Don’t bust the crust.

  • Threatened and Endangered Species:

    • All Arizona plants and animals are protected under state law and are the property of the people of this state.

    • There are no plants or animals present at STS, that are listed under the ESA, you are likely to encounter.


Douglas training site dts

Douglas Training Site (DTS)

  • Natural resources you should be aware of:

    • Extreme heat and aridity exacerbate fatigue, water consumption, and injuries. Adapt yourself to these conditions by keeping your skin, head, and eyes protected and constantly hydrate.

    • Venomous arthropods (spiders and scorpions), rattlesnakes (mohave, western diamond-backed), and mammals (cougar, javelina, fox, and coyote). Visually check your foot and hand holds when climbing or stepping over obstructions.

      • Encounters with snakes and arthropods in this area are uncommon; encounters with mammals are uncommon.

      • If bitten by a rattlesnake DO: limit activity to reduce circulation, keep hydrated, seek medical attention, allow yourself to be helped by others.

      • If bitten by a rattlesnake DO NOT: attempt to kill or collect the rattlesnake for identification, apply pressure or tourniquet to the wound, cut the wound and suck or draw out the venom, panic.

      • Mammals will not likely attack groups of humans, rabies however can be common in coyotes and foxes increasing aggression.

      • Do not underestimate cornered mammals, even javelina. It is legal to kill an animal to defend yourself. All dangerous encountersshould be reported to the environmental office.

    • When traversing the mountains and washes, pay attention to your footing.

    • BTA is home to many species of cactus, cholla, and agave that can deliver painful wounds, be aware of your surroundings.


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Douglas Training Site (DTS)

  • Stay on roads and trails and out of riparian areas as much as possible to avoid increasing erosion and damaging sensitive plant and animal communities.

  • The cryptobiotic crust is a thin layer of algea, lichens, and liverworts which takes several decades to form, in addition:

    • Crusts holds the soil in place and protects underlying sediments from erosion. 

    • They pioneer soil development on bare inorganic sediments, absorbing water and enriching the surface with nutrients and organic matter. 

    • Creates a favorable environment for seeds to germinate and for insects, worms, and other soil organisms to live.

    • Don’t bust the crust.

  • Threatened and Endangered Species:

    • All Arizona plants and animals are protected under state law and are the property of the people of this state.

    • There are no plants or animals present at DTS, that are listed under the ESA, you are likely to encounter.


Riparian areas

Riparian Areas


Cryptobiotic crust

Cryptobiotic Crust


Penalties for violation of state and federal wildlife law

Penalties for Violation of State and Federal Wildlife Law

  • The fines and penalties associated with violation of the ESA, ARS Title 17 (hunting), or ARS Title 13 (cruelty towards animals) are severe.

  • These penalties will be faced by the individual committing the violation. AZARNG will not necessarily protect you if you violate these laws.

  • Certainly, potential fines and jail time will be your responsibility.

  • These violations could result in your dismissal.


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