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.

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 […]

CSDP and the Oracle Road wildlife crossings featured on national news! - May 2, 2019

On Saturday, April 27, a new show on NBC, “1st Look,” aired a segment after Saturday Night Live about the Coalition and our work on the Oracle Road wildlife crossings. Coalition Conservation Science Director Jessica Moreno spent a long day in the field with the crew and host of the show, Johnny Bananas, in mid-March showing […]

Join us for our April Highway Cleanup! - March 30, 2019

Our adopted one-mile stretch of road includes the new Oracle Road wildlife underpass. This is a fun way to meet fellow like-minded conservationists, get some exercise, and beautify one of our roadways, all with the spectacular backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains. For more information email When: Saturday April 6, 2019 Time: 8am-10:30am Meeting […]

Friends of the Desert Newsletter – April 2019 - March 29, 2019

Our latest Friends of the Desert newsletter is now available! Click on the image to the right to access the digital version. If you’d like a print copy, please send us an email or give us a call at (520) 388-9925 and we’d be happy to put one in the mail!  In this issue: Critter Cam Field Day […]

2019 Critter Cam Field Day a success! - March 26, 2019

  In early March 2019, the Coalition’s second annual Critter Cam Field day took place at Catalina State Park, serving over 400 local children. Thanks to an amazing team of volunteers, the activities went off without a hitch! Coalition volunteer Craig Civalier wrote the poem below in celebration of the day – thanks so much […]

Pima County acquires new open space properties - February 25, 2019

February 25, 2019 Good news! According to Pima County Environmental Planning Manager Julia Fonseca, “In December 2018, the Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously accepted a donation of 545 acres near the Ajo Scenic Loop in Western Pima County from a total of seven owners who wish to protect this natural desert over the long […]

Stand up for Avra Valley! - December 20, 2018

  One of the Coalition’s supporters, Rick Brown, wrote this beautiful and powerful poem in defense of Avra Valley. Take a moment to sit with Rick’s commanding words about what we stand to lose if Interstate 11 is built at the doorstep to Saguaro National Park and other irreplaceable public lands. Thank you, Rick, for […]

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