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 numbers from our wildlife camera program - October 30, 2019

Thanks to all of our supporters and volunteers for another year of successful wildlife camera monitoring in the Tucson Mountains and Oro Valley study areas! See an overview of our Tucson Mountain camera project results HERE and our Oro Valley camera project results HERE.     We have been monitoring wildlife with wildlife cameras in […]

New video about Nevada wildlife crossings worth a watch - October 23, 2019

Our friends at Wildlands Network shared a new short film about wildlife crossings in Nevada – it’s well worth watching! From their email about the film: “ARC Solutions and the Center for Large Landscape Conservation are delighted to announce the release of (Re)Connecting Wild: Restoring Safe Passage. This film tells the remarkable story of the […]

Coalition comments on proposed changes to the Tortolita Preserve - October 16, 2019

The Arizona State Land Department and the Town of Marana have recently begun discussions about changes to the Tortolita Preserve. This 2,400 acre preserve was established in consultation, as required by the Endangered Species Act, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as mitigation for habitat disturbance and effects to listed species resulting from the […]

Mule Deer Constellations, a new article in the Desert Leaf - October 4, 2019

Want to learn lots of interesting facts about the Sonoran Desert’s mule deer? Check out CSDP Conservation Science Director Jessica Moreno’s latest column in the Desert Leaf magazine. In this article, titled “Mule Deer Constellations,” Jessica follows the journey of one mule deer that was collared by the Arizona Game and Fish Department as part […]

Coalition staffer presents on I-10 Safe Passages Project at International Conference on Ecology and Transportation -

By Myles Traphagen, Borderland Programs Coordinator, Wildlands Network Sacramento, California was the location of the tenth biennial International Conference on Ecology and Transportation (ICOET) held September 22 to 26th, 2019. Jessica Moreno, the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection’s Conservation Science Director, presented the “Safe Passages for Wildlife on Interstate-10 within the Rincon-Santa Rita-Whetstone Mountains Wildlife […]

Coalition weighs in on draft Marana General Plan - October 3, 2019

On Friday, September 27, 2019, the Coalition submitted detailed comments on Marana’s latest draft General Plan, called “Make Marana.” To view the comment letter we submitted, head HERE.   

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 […]

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