Articles of Association

Articles of Association of the undersigned, a majority of whom are citizens of the United States, desiring to form a Non-Profit Association under the Non-Profit Association Law of Arizona, do hereby certify:

Article 1

The name of the Association shall be the: Southwest Vegetation Management Association.

Article 2

The principal office of this Association is to be located in Camp Verde, Arizona, Yavapai County.

Article 3

This Association is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes, for the transaction of any or all lawful business for which nonprofit associations may be organized under the laws of the State of Arizona, as they may be amended from time to time. The character of affairs of the Association are to bring together and provide a forum for public and private land managers, agricultural producers, industry experts, governmental, regulatory agencies, educational institutions, suppliers of vegetation management related products and services, and public interest groups to exchange ideas, knowledge, and information in order to educate, promote diversity, protect habitat, and maintain the health of the ecosystems within Arizona. Our goal is to foster cooperation between agencies, public interest groups and landowners and managers by addressing common management goals and concerns.

Article 4

The names and addresses of the officers of the Association are as follows:
Jim Horsley, President, PO Box 1239, Taylor, Arizona, 85939-1239
Kent Bushman, Vice President, 2250 E. Huntington Dr., Flagstaff, Arizona, 86004
Dean Fish, Secretary, 3241 N. Grand Ave., Nogales, Arizona 85621-3917
Clare Hydock, Treasurer, Verde Road, Prescott National Forest, PO Box 670, Camp Verde, Arizona, 86322

Article 5

Additional provisions for the operation of this Association are as follows:

* No part of the net earnings of the association shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to is members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the Association shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article Three hereof.

* Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles, this Association shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any activities or exercise any power that are not in furtherance of the purposes of this Association.

Article 6

Upon the dissolution of the Association, after paying or adequately providing for the debts, obligations, and liabilities of this Association, the remaining assets of this Association shall be distributed to the New Mexico Vegetation Management Association, if it is then in existence and has maintained its tax exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. If not, then to a nonprofit fund, foundation, association, or corporation, selected and designated by this Association’s Advisory Board, which is organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes like those set forth in Article Three above, and which has established and maintained its tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.

Article 7

The classes, rights, privileges, qualifications, and obligations of members of this Association are as stated in the Bylaws of this Association and as limited by and in accordance with Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.