"The Arizona Sonoran Desert Heritage Act (HR 2926) would protect approximately 900,000 acreas of BLM lands west and south of the White Tank Mountains, including 650 square miles of lands under training routs used by pilots from Luke, Davis-Monthan, WAATS and MCAS Yuma." Read more.
The Wilderness Society Applauds Grijalva's Reintroduction of Sonoran Desert Military-Conservation BillJuly 10th, 2015
Rep. Grijalva reintroduces Arizona Sonoran Desert Heritage Bill (HR2926), designed to preserve wildlife habitat and recreational opportunties in western Maricopa County while simultaneously maintaining the viability of military installations in the region. The legislation has earned support from the conservation, military and development communities as well as many other.
To prevent budget shortages and base closures from affecting military installations and training facilities in the United States, we need to be vigilant and creative in how we defend them from incompatible uses outside their boundaries.
Sonoran Desert Heritage Proposal Awarded ‘Best Project’ by American Planning Association-Arizona ChapterSeptember 30th, 2013
Land preservation meets national defense meets eco-tourism in a plan that protects wildlife corridors, military flight paths and the West Valley’s access to some dynamite outdoor activities. Talk about achieving multiple goals with one great idea.
PHOENIX – In the newly introduced “Arizona Sonoran Desert Heritage Act of 2013,” Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-Dist. 3) seeks to preserve critical tracts west of Phoenix that serve as important wildlife and recreation areas, safeguard the viability of Luke Air Force Base and the Barry M. Goldwater Range, and protect environmental amenities to boost economic opportunities for West Valley communities.
For a high-resolution map, visit www.sonoranheritage.org.
PHOENIX - A report released today by the Sonoran Institute and the Arizona Wilderness Coalition analyzes the critical relationship between land use and military installations in western Maricopa County and how conservation can help sustain Arizona's $9 billion military industry.
A proposal backed by environmental groups and military interests
in southern Arizona would protect hundreds of thousands of acres -- as well as
large swaths of the airspace above them.