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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October 4, 2019

Mule Deer Constellations, a new article in the Desert Leaf

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 […]

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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 […]

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October 3, 2019

Coalition weighs in on draft Marana General Plan

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.   

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September 4, 2019

Friends of the Desert Newsletter #56 is hot off the presses!

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 […]

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August 16, 2019

Two surveys are looking for your input on floodplain and stormwater management!

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 […]

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August 14, 2019

New report on I-11 calls it a “white elephant” and “unnecessary”

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 […]

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August 5, 2019

Pima County releases Aquatic Species Management Plan

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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July 25, 2019

Monitoring results from the Tangerine Road wildlife crossings

  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 […]

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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 […]

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