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May 16, 2017

Take Action: Submit your comments today in support of our national monuments!

May 16, 2017 On April 25, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order that ordered the Interior Department to conduct a review of national monuments designated since 1996. According to a press release issued by the National Parks Conservation Association: This executive order targets the Antiquities Act of 1906, which permits presidents to declare federal […]

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May 9, 2017

High Country News features Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan

May 9, 2017 At the beginning of May, High Country News published a story about the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, written by local Tucson reporter Tony Davis. The story, titled “An end to Tucson’s growth wars: A conservation plan puts science ahead of politics,” is a thorough overview of the SDCP and its complex history.  Davis […]

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April 27, 2017

Lazy K Bar Ranch proposal is back on the table

April 27, 2017 The Lazy K Bar Ranch development proposal is back on the table. On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, the Town of Marana Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of a new development proposal for the Lazy K Bar Ranch property, with Commissioner Marcia Jakab dissenting. The Marana Town Council rejected a similar proposal two years […]

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April 20, 2017

New wildlife crossings on the horizon for Tangerine Road and La Cholla Boulevard

April 20, 2017 Tangerine Road and La Cholla Boulevard will soon be the home of more new wildlife crossings in Pima County. Five new wildlife underpasses are currently under construction on Tangerine Road and three new wildlife underpasses are currently in the design phase for La Cholla Boulevard. The Tangerine crossings are in the Town […]

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April 18, 2017

“Bat boxes” provide a new home for displaced bats under local bridges

April 18, 2017 Did you know that southern Arizona bridges provide important roosting habitat for local bats? Many older bridges were built with long, thin expansion cracks underneath them. These cracks have turned out to be perfect roosting habitat for thousands and thousands of bats, and often pregnant females. Bats roost under the bridges during […]

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April 13, 2017

Take Action: Attend public meetings about proposed Interstate 11!

April 13, 2017 Mark your calendar! Save the date! And get ready to voice your opposition to any proposed interstate that goes through Avra Valley! The Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highways Administration are holding a series of public meetings in May to discuss their corridor alternatives for a new interstate between Nogales and […]

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April 11, 2017

Community Water Coalitions seeks new Coordinator

April 11, 2017  The Community Water Coalition (CWC) is hiring a new Coordinator to grow the CWC and further its missions, vision, and goals. The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection is one of 15 organizational members of the CWC, which works to: encourage local leadership to act in the best interest of sustainable water policy […]

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April 6, 2017

Coalition member groups win big lawsuit for pygmy owl protection

April 6, 2017  Last week, on March 29, 2017, the Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife – both Coalition member groups – won an important lawsuit over the denial of endangered species protection for the cactus ferruginous pygmy-owl. The new ruling establishes that the federal government must reconsider endangered species protection for this little […]

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March 30, 2017

Action Alert: Sign on to “A Conservation Vision for Arizona’s Water Future”!

March 30, 2017 The conservation of our water resources is essential for the future health and resilience of both people and wildlife. A group of organizations, including the Coalition and spearheaded by Coalition member group Sierra Club-Grand Canyon Chapter, recently drafted “A Conservation Vision for Arizona’s Water Future.” This visionary document outlines the many reasons […]

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March 28, 2017

Coalition Director featured on AZ Public Media’s Metro Week

March 28, 2017 Coalition Director Carolyn Campbell was interviewed for Arizona Public Media’s Metro Week TV spot recently. Joined by Arizona Game and Fish biologist Jeff Gagnon, both Carolyn and Jeff discuss the new Oracle Road wildlife crossings, what it took to get them constructed, plans for future crossings, citizen science efforts, and what has […]

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