"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.
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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.
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.
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.
Conservation Outreach Associate Ian Dowdy, with the Arizona Wilderness Coalition, was interviewed on August 14, 2012 regarding the Sonoran Desert Heritage conservation proposal that protects federal lands in western Maricopa County. In this short video clip Ian outlines why the conservation of these lands is vital to the local enconomy and to the longterm viability of Arizona's military installations.
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The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust last week announced nearly $1.9 million in grants going to 22 Arizona non-profit organizations. They are:
A Stepping Stone Foundation: $55,000 to support preschool classrooms for about 35 children ages 3 and 4 from low-income families at Westwood Elementary School in the Alhambra School District in Phoenix.
Arizona Wilderness Coalition: $50,000 to complete the final phase of the Sonoran Desert Heritage Campaign to protect nearly 1 million acres of wilderness-quality public lands west and southwest of Phoenix.
Defending the Desert; A groundbreaking coalition aims to preserve acres of wild Valley land and the plentiful wildlife, tourismJanuary 6th, 2012
Mix together the military, wildlife, petroglyphs, tourism, the desert and economic development . . . and you have one amazing idea.
It's called the Sonoran Desert Heritage Proposal, and if approved by Congress, it would protect about 750,000 acres of public land in western Maricopa County.
Spend a few weeks among the high-rise buildings in major cities back East, and the Valley's mountains and vistas are the first thing you notice upon arriving home.
We're fortunate to have wide, open spaces and sunlight beaming down most of the year. It's what makes us the envy of the nation and a tourism destination.