Protecting Arizona’s Natural and Cultural Legacy for Future Generations

Why We Must Protect Public Lands

Arizona Republic
Jim Uken
Friday, July 17, 2015

"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 Bill

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.  

Rep. Grijalva reintroduces Arizona Sonoran Desert Heritage Bill

House Committee on Natural Resources
Friday, June 26, 2015

Representative Raul Grijalva reintroduced the Arizona Sonoran Desert Heritage Bill (HB2926) to protect natural and recreational values in western Maricopa County and to safeguard Arizona's major military installations. Read more.  

Protected public lands support US defense mission

The Hill - Congress Blog
Jim Uken
Friday, June 27, 2014

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 Chapter

Conservation and military benefits prove valuable to West Valley’s growing communities.

Arizona Sonoran Desert Heritage Act a preservation 3-fer

The Arizona Republic
Editorial board
Saturday, May 11, 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.

Legislation to Preserve Sonoran Desert and Protect Arizona’s Military Installations

New report shows benefits of conservation to national security readiness and defense facilities.

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.

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Report Calls for Increased Protection of Lands near Arizona’s Military Facilities

Conservation of wildlife corridors and undeveloped lands are necessary to ensure the long-term viability of Arizona's Military Installations

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.  

Green groups, military interests promote Ariz. conservation plan

E&E Daily
April Reese
Monday, November 12, 2012

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.

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