July 10, 2017

Pima County Supervisors to vote on important resolutions that address climate change and water quality

July 10, 2017 Tomorrow morning the Pima County of Board of Supervisors will be voting on two important resolutions that support: 1) Pima County’s participation in the County Climate Coalition and specific goals and actions in alignment with the Paris Climate Agreement, and 2) important water quality protection goals. Can you attend this meeting and […]

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June 7, 2017

Field Notes from Wyoming: Preserving Ungulate Migrations for the Future

June 7, 2017 By Kathleen Kennedy, CSDP Associate Director Did you know that mule deer, pronghorn antelope, and elk migrate hundreds of miles each year in Wyoming? Fairly recently, scientists discovered that various herds of these ungulates migrate every summer and winter. Many of them summer in Yellowstone National Park, then fan out to the north, south, east, and west […]

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May 31, 2017

Take action: Comment today in opposition to any freeway in Avra Valley!

Do you think we should construct a new interstate in between our treasured Saguaro National Park and Ironwood Forest National Monument?  The Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highways Administration are currently accepting public comments (deadline is this Friday, June 2!) on proposed corridor alternatives for a new interstate between Nogales and Wickenburg. [Want to read […]

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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 UPDATE: The Coalition submitted an official comment letter on the I-11 Corridor Alternatives on May 31. Check it out here and feel free to quote our letter or use any of our language to help with your comments.  Mark your calendar! Save the date! And get ready to voice your opposition to […]

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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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