Protecting Arizona’s Natural and Cultural Legacy for Future Generations

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.

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.

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