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Why We Must Protect Public Lands

"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

Rep. Grijalva reintroduces Arizona Sonoran Desert Heritage Bill

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

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.

Arizona Sonoran Desert Heritage Act a preservation 3-fer

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.

Green groups, military interests promote Ariz. conservation plan

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.

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

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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Pulliam Trust awards $1.9 million in grants

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, tourism

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.

Heritage plan deserves support

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.

Proposal a big step to preserve our open space

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.

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