Cochise County Hosts Accredited Holistic Management Intensive Training

Community Development

Bisbee, Arizona –  Cochise County has embarked on a project to restore 480 acres of fallowed farmland located approximately 1 mile north of Palominas, Arizona on the Palominas/Three Canyons Recharge Network property. The County has engaged Holistic Engineering and Land Management (HELM), LLC to develop restoration alternatives using Holistic Management a decision-making framework that considers humans, their economies, and the environment as inseparable.


As a part of the feasibility phase of this project, HELM will conduct the intensive portion of an accredited training program that consists of a series of courses to build a knowledge base to support the practice of Holistic Management on County owned land and beyond. This will be the intensive, hands-on program that accompanies the online training. The intensive training course titles, dates, and times are below.


Fundamentals of Holistic Management – December 12-13, 2017 / 9am to 5pm

Holistic Financial Planning – January 9-10, 2018/ 9am to 5pm* Holistic Planned Grazing – January 23-24, 2018/ 9am to 5pm*

Holistic Land Planning – February 6-7, 2018/ 9am to 5pm*

Ecological Monitoring – February 27-28, 2018/ 9am to 5pm*


* Dates could change based on attendee feedback during The Fundamentals of Holistic Management  - Lunch will be provided

HELM is offering all five courses for $1,500 per person and attendance is capped at 20 total students. For the online training, not included, go to for your discount code. Upon completion of both intensive and online training and an exit interview each student will become an accredited professional in Holistic Management and receive a certificate of accreditation.


The Fundamentals of Holistic Management may be taken separately at a cost of $300.

Courses 2-5 must be taken together and only after the Fundamentals of Holistic Management course has been completed. To sign up for the training please go to


Location and Phone Number:

Cochise County Highway/Floodplain Department
1229 Hereford Road Bldg. C
Bisbee, AZ 85603
(520) 432-9300


HELM with the County will develop a plan for restoration that will include a planned grazing program to treat the land with animal impact, along with other measures to increase soil organic matter and consequently increase the soil water holding capacity to mitigate both excess flooding and storm water quality. A monitoring program will also be developed that will combine standard hydrologic rainfall-runoff modeling with soil organic matter tests to quantify how improved soil and vegetation characteristics can address soil erosion, runoff quantity and quality, as well as economic viability.




Cochise County, established in 1881, is located in the Southeastern part of Arizona at the International border of Mexico and spans more than 4 million acres.  It is home to 130,000 residents and nearly 300,000 visitors each year.  It includes the historic cities of Bisbee, Benson, Douglas, Tombstone and Willcox.  The City of Sierra Vista is home to historic Fort Huachuca, an active Army military installation. The County has jurisdiction over tax assessments, health and social services, solid waste, elections, and floodplain issues throughout the County.  It also has responsibility for courts, highway improvements, law enforcement, schools, libraries, and planning and zoning in the unincorporated areas.  Visit for more information.  Public Programs…Personal Service


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