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.


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 […]

Painted Hills

Progress on the Purchase of Painted Hills! - July 2, 2014

We have great news to report on the progress of the 286-acre Painted Hills purchase! On Monday evening, the Tucson City Council unanimously approved a bond ordinance amendment to make the Painted Hills property once again eligible for purchase using 2004 voter approved bond funds. And then on Tuesday, the Pima County Board of Supervisors […]

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

Pima County set to buy Painted Hills! - June 12, 2014

Exciting news! After many long years of negotiations, consistent public involvement, and two open space bond initiatives, the County has reached an agreement to purchase Painted Hills west on Tucson! This 286-acre property is located between Speedway and Anklam Roads west of Greasewood. With an estimated 9,000 saguaros, Painted Hills includes abundant wildlife, wash corridors […]

After: Large, open wildlife underpass

Double Your Impact Today for the Sonoran Desert! - June 10, 2014

Today, we urgently need your help to provide more safe crossings for wildlife. A generous donor has pledged a $12,000 matching gift. Will you generously donate today to double your impact for Sonoran Desert wildlife?

The completed underpass with vehicle traffic.

Wildlife Evidence at SR 86 Underpasses! - May 20, 2014

The Coalition has exciting news to report! A May site visit to the two wildlife underpasses on State Route 86 (SR 86) revealed evidence of wildlife use. Bird, coyote, and bobcat tracks were found within the crossing structures. This is encouraging evidence that the structures are already proving effective to guide wildlife beneath the busy roadway and […]


Lens on the Land in Tubac! - April 29, 2014

This week, Save the Scenic Santa Ritas is presenting the Lens on the Land project in Tubac. Through beautiful photographs, this project highlights what is at stake with the proposed Rosemont Mine. The stunning images portray the land, people, and beauty of this special area that will be severely degraded if the mine is approved.  There will be […]

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Julie St. John

“I have seen so many changes in my almost quarter of a century here, and I cannot tell you how relieved I am to know that the Coalition is here to make sure the Sonoran Desert has a voice.”

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