Protecting Arizona’s Natural and Cultural Legacy for Future Generations

Ted Simons of Arizona Horizon Interviews Ian Dowdy on the Sonoran Desert Heritage Proposal

PBS Arizona Horizon Program
Arizona Horizon, Eight, Arizona
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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

Conserving Public Land Assists National Security

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

Pulliam Trust awards $1.9 million in grants

The Arizona Republic
by Connie Cone Sexton
Friday, May 4, 2012

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.

Photography Workshops Offer Glimpse of Wild Desert and Spring Blooms, March 4th and 17th

Local award-winning author offers expertise to showcase photography tips; conservation advocates to discuss initiative to protect Sonoran Desert lands.


Defending the Desert; A groundbreaking coalition aims to preserve acres of wild Valley land and the plentiful wildlife, tourism

Phoenix Magazine
Kaila White
Sunday, January 1, 2012

Following a decade of massive and unprecedented growth, a
question emerges: How does one protect the pristine land that makes Arizona so
appealing? A broad coalition of Valley organizations has the answer: Designate
it as wilderness.

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

Local citizens invited to attend, give feedback on the plan for West Valley public lands.

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.

Major Conservation Plan Unveiled to Preserve the Essence of Arizona

Initiative will add economic value to western Maricopa County communities

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.

Welcome to the Sonoran Desert Heritage Campaign website!

The Sonoran Desert Heritage initiative is working to expand conservation designations that:

  1. Preserve the ecology, cultural heritage, and recreational opportunities in the Sonoran Desert west of Phoenix
  2. Ensure the viability of nearby military facilities
  3. Allow for future renewable energy development
  4. Protect important wildlife habitat and migration corridors
  5. Build connections between local communities and their public lands to increase stewardship and awareness about the values of the Sonoran Desert
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