February 3, 2020

Vote today for CSDP to win a $2,000 Banff Grant!

Will you take 30 seconds today and vote for CSDP to win one of Summit Hut’s $2,000 Banff Grants?  You can vote right now at:  Five wonderful non-profits have been nominated and the top two vote-getters will receive $2,000 at the Banff Mountain Film Festival on Friday, March 6. Only one vote is allowed per email address. […]

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January 10, 2020

Join us for Environmental Day 2020!

Thinking about what you can do for the environment this year? Join us for Environmental Day at the Arizona State Capitol on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. We’ve got a bus chartered to bring community members up to Phoenix for the day to meet your state legislators, see the Legislature in action, and learn more about […]

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December 17, 2019

Oracle Road wildlife crossings featured on FOX10 Drone Zone segment

The Oracle Road wildlife crossings were recently featured on TV station FOX10’s Drone Zone segment in Phoenix. Check out this 3+ minute segment to see some amazing drone footage of both the Oracle Road wildlife underpass and overpass, along with a great interview of our partner Jeff Gagnon with the Arizona Game and Fish Department […]

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December 13, 2019

Tortolita Preserve protected in new Marana General Plan

Good news for conservation in Marana! On December 10, 2019, the Marana Town Council approved the new draft Marana General Plan with a few major changes we requested. This includes 1) solidifying the long-term protection of the Tortolita Preserve and 2) removing a “Special Planning Area” from lands southwest of the Tortolita Preserve so these […]

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December 5, 2019

What types of wildlife cameras do we use?

Interested in purchasing a wildlife camera for yourself or as a gift for family or friends?  The short answer from our Conservation Science Director Jessica Moreno is: I recommend checking out the reviews and the beginner’s buyers guide found at With new models coming on the market all the time, this is a great resource […]

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Arizona suspends efforts to take over provisions of Clean Water Act

Good news for clean water in Arizona! The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has officially suspended its efforts to take over a key part of the federal Clean Water Act. According to the ADEQ website: In 2018, ADEQ began a collaborative stakeholder process to draft a roadmap for Arizona to assume the Clean Water […]

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November 19, 2019

ACTION ALERT: Comments needed on draft Marana General Plan!

The Town of Marana is currently accepting public comments on its new draft General Plan – will you send the Planning and Zoning Commission a quick email today and comment on this important planning document? You can send your comments to Marana staff member Cynthia Ross at  If you’d like to access the full draft Marana General Plan, it […]

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October 30, 2019

The latest numbers from our wildlife camera program

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 […]

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October 23, 2019

New video about Nevada wildlife crossings worth a watch

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 […]

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October 16, 2019

Coalition comments on proposed changes to the Tortolita Preserve

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 […]

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