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Friends of the Desert Newsletter #56 is hot off the presses! - September 4, 2019

The August 2019 Friends of the Desert newsletter is hot off the presses! Check out the following articles by clicking on the image to the right to access the full newsletter: Proposed I-11 Route Faces Overwhelming Opposition (and what you can still do to help) Protecting Water for People and the Environment Protecting Safe Passages […]

Two surveys are looking for your input on floodplain and stormwater management! - August 16, 2019

There are currently two open public surveys that are looking for your input!  1.  Pima County is looking for your input on floodprone areas near where you live and work. “The survey only takes a few minutes,” Floodplain Management Division Manager Brian Jones said. “People know of some high-risk spots for flooding and erosion in […]

New report on I-11 calls it a “white elephant” and “unnecessary” - August 14, 2019

On August 8, 2019, the Center for American Progress released a new report on the proposed Interstate 11 as part of its “White Elephant Watch” series, which “profiles projects that demonstrates the failures of the current U.S. policy approach to transportation infrastructure.”  This report provides a detailed analysis of this proposed project, including a point-by-point […]

Pima County releases Aquatic Species Management Plan - August 5, 2019

In July 2019, as part of the continued implementation of their Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSCP), Pima County released a new Aquatic Species Management Plan. According to Pima County Environmental Planning Manager, Julia Fonseca: “The Plan identifies opportunities for releasing target species on County-managed conservation lands where they do not currently occur. The Plan inventoried […]

Monitoring results from the Tangerine Road wildlife crossings - July 25, 2019

  Did you know that there are now five wildlife underpasses under Tangerine Road? As part of a larger project to improve Tangerine Road, five existing drainage structures were enhanced and improved to better accommodate safe wildlife movement across this popular roadway. This is a cost-effective way to increase connectivity across roadways that is less […]

Badger, badger! New badger photos and data from our wildlife cameras -

For 10 years we have had wildlife cameras on the landscape monitoring important linkages. We first captured photos of badgers in 2012, and they have made consistent, if rare, appearances since. Badgers are an understudied animal in Arizona and we know very little about their status in Pima County. We now have a total of […]

The latest and greatest monitoring results from the Oracle Road wildlife crossings - July 19, 2019

In March 2019, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) released their latest monitoring results from the Oracle Road wildlife crossings. AGFD typically releases monitoring results twice a year so we should have an updated monitoring report sometime this fall.  March 2019 AGFD Monitoring Report on the Oracle Road wildlife crossings Two summary graphs from […]

Coalition submits comments on the I-11 DEIS - July 4, 2019

On July 4, 2019, the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, and additional signatories representing 27 community and environmental organizations, submitted comments on the Tier 1 Interstate 11 Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Nogales to Wickenburg. The full comment letter can be found HERE.  Still haven’t submitted YOUR comments on the I-11 DEIS? There’s still time! The […]

Pima County releases report on 2018 MSCP achievements - May 22, 2019

Last month, Pima County’s Office of Sustainability and Conservation released their latest annual report outlining the achievements of their Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan. According to an email from Environmental Planning Manager Julia Fonseca: “Notable achievements during calendar year 2018 included: •       The Section 10 permit covered impacts of 44 private development projects. •  […]

Learn more about the history of CSDP on this new podcast episode! - May 20, 2019

On May 12, 2019, CSDP Executive Director Carolyn Campbell was interviewed by Amanda Shauger for the “30 minutes” program on local community radio station KXCI 91.3 FM. Over the half-hour show, Carolyn and Amanda discuss the history of the Coalition, the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, and what we’re working on these days. Topics covered include […]

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