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.

A section of the Santa Cruz River flows year round thanks to treated  wastewater. Photo courtesy of Pima County.

Help keep the Santa Cruz River flowing - June 25, 2015

Have you ever traveled along the Santa Cruz portion of The Loop and seen water flowing in the riverbed? Have you seen the lush riparian vegetation and wildlife that this section of the Santa Cruz supports, including 230 species of birds? For 23 miles, the Santa Cruz River enjoys year-round flow from treated wastewater, called effluent. This […]

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Coalition hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival on August 19th - June 18, 2015

CELEBRATION OF OUR ENVIRONMENT! The Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to Tucson The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection will once again host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Loft Cinema on Wednesday, August 19th, at 6:30pm. Purchase your tickets now! Tucson’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from […]

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Friends of the Desert #47 - April 15, 2015

In this issue: Wildlife Crossings Underway on Oracle Road; Carolyn’s Corner: The Time for a Bond Election is Now; More Cameras, More Critters!; Huge Victory for Wildlife in Marana; and more!


Attend the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 21 to support Sonoran Desert open space! - April 10, 2015

We need you on April 21st to support $95 million for new open space purchases and to stand up for the Sonoran Desert.

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Buffelgrass workday on April 4th - March 26, 2015

The Coalition is once again joining forces with the Catalina State Park Buffel Slayers for one last workday of the season. On April 4th, we will be removing buffelgrass from scenic Catalina State Park. This invasive grass is a major fire threat and is destructive to the Sonoran Desert Ecosystem. When: Saturday, April 4th, 7am-11am Where: Catalina State […]

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Join us March 7th to remove buffelgrass! - February 25, 2015

Do you want to help protect the Sonoran Desert? Buffelgrass is a highly flammable invasive species that greatly alters the fragile native ecosystem. But there is something you can do to help! On March 7th, the Coalition is partnering with the Catalina State Park Buffel Slayers for a fun and rewarding workday to remove buffelgrass. When: Saturday, […]


Beat Back Buffelgrass Day a big success! - January 26, 2015

On January 24th, 26 amazing volunteers joined us at Catalina State Park to spend the morning removing buffelgrass. We tackled a challenging slope that was infested with this invasive grass. Buffelgrass is a major fire hazard to our Sonoran Desert ecosystem and can destroy the landscape if left untreated. The Coalition proudly took part in […]

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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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