The Coalition works to create a community where: ecosystem health is protected; nature and healthy wild animal populations are valued; and residents, visitors, and future generations can all drink clean water, breathe clean air, and find wild places to roam.

Susan Shobe

Susan Shobe - October 6, 2014

“I’ve been a long-time supporter of the Coalition because I’ve been inspired by the work they’ve accomplished in protecting our vanishing wild desert areas.”

Pages from CSDP 14#46 news web

Friends of the Desert #46 -

In this issue: Why We Need More Open Space in Pima County: Your input is critical to a successful 2015 Open Space Bond; What’s the Latest with Rosemont?: An Ocelot, Hudbay and the Threat of an Environmental Disaster; Protecting Wildlife Linkages near Kitt Peak; Painted Hills: Now Protected as a Community Treasure; and more!


Prop 122: Just a Bad Idea! - October 3, 2014

Vote NO on Prop 122 on November 4th and protect our environment and vulnerable species!

Take Action

Open space in trouble, but you can make a difference! -

We need you on November 7th to advocate for a bond package as fully funded as possible for open space. Your voice will make a big impact!

Painted Hills

Painted Hills is Officially, 100%, Protected! - September 24, 2014

On September 17th, the purchase was closed on Painted Hills, making it permanently protected! Now this 286-acre community treasure will be added to Tucson Mountain Park, further connecting important habitat and preserving unspoiled Sonoran Desert. In August, the Board of Supervisors, on a vote of 4 to 1 (Ally Miller opposed), approved the purchase agreement to […]


September 27th is National Public Lands Day! - September 17, 2014

Please join us and partner with the Bureau of Land Management, Friends of Ironwood Forest, Tucson Soaring Club and the Arizona Native Plant Society for the 21st annual National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 27, 2014. As friends of the Sonoran Desert we’ve worked hard to protect and care for the most sensitive and biologically rich […]

A "crested" saguaro at the Painted Hills property, just one of the many unique vegetation species in the area!

We did it: Painted Hills now protected! - August 21, 2014

We did it! This week on August 18th, the Board of Supervisors, on a vote of 4 to 1 approved the purchase agreement for Painted Hills. This was the final step to permanently protect this amazing 286-acre property! The County is expected to close in September with the seller, the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, with Painted […]

See all updates
Mich Coker

Mich Coker

“I support the Coalition because it consistently produces great results against often-overwhelming odds.”

»