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Group works to preserve Sonoran Desert

This generation is responsible for the environment of generations to come was the core point of a presentation on the Sonoran Desert Heritage Proposal last week at the Wigwam resort.

The plan provides for conservation efforts of U.S. Bureau of Land Management acreage, said Ian Dowdy, a representative of the Arizona Wilderness Coalition.

700,000-acre conservation plan would preserve 'legacy of Arizona'

About 700,000 acres of public land near Phoenix -- one of the West's fastest-growing cities -- would receive additional protection under a broadly supported proposal unveiled by environmental groups yesterday.

The initiative, presented at a press conference in Phoenix, calls for establishing three types of protected lands in the area. All are found within Bureau of Land Management lands in Maricopa County, home to more than 4 million people.

Coalition seeks to preserve Sonoran Desert

A coalition of environmentalists, business leaders, developers and mayors announced a proposal Wednesday to protect roughly 700,000 acres of public lands in the West Valley.

The group wants to preserve for future generations the ecology, cultural heritage and recreational opportunities in the Sonoran Desert west of Phoenix.

Major Preserve Proposed for Lands West of Phoenix

Large swaths of pristine desert land in western Maricopa County would remain unspoiled under a plan unveiled Wednesday. The Sonoran Desert Heritage Proposal would preserve recreational opportunities while protecting wildlife habitat and migration corridors.

Preservation Group Presents Plan for West Valley

A broad and enthusiastic coalition of local leaders met Wednesday at the Wigwam Resort for the unveiling of the Sonoran Desert Heritage Proposal, an initiative aimed at planning for future development while preserving the Sonoran wilderness for future generations.

“This room is filled with an all-star cast of local leaders,” said Matt Skroch, executive director of the Arizona Wilderness Coalition. “This is an important milestone we’ve reached today.”

F-35 and Sonoran Desert Heritage the Future of West Valley

PHOENIX – The Department of Defense announced this week that Luke Air Force Base remains the preferred
location for the new F-35A Training Center. This is good news for Luke AFB,
good news for Arizona, and good news, in particular, for Glendale and the west
valley. Important considerations that give Luke an advantage over other
potential sites include its open space, potential for future growth, and easy

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

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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Major Conservation Plan Unveiled to Preserve the Essence of Arizona

A broad coalition of communities, organizations, developers, military interests and citizens today unveiled a proposal to conserve and protect additional public lands in western Maricopa County. Called the Sonoran Desert Heritage Proposal, the conservation initiative requires action and approval by Congress.

Open House Meetings to Gather Feedback on Sonoran Desert Heritage Conservation Plan

PHOENIX - The Sonoran Desert Heritage conservation initiative-a broad coalition of communities, organizations, developers, military interests, and faith groups-is inviting the public to provide candid feedback on its proposal to conserve and protect additional public lands in western Maricopa County.

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

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.  

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