Living Desert Alliance

Keep our Desert and Community Livable and Thriving.

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May 16, 2024

Water Open House


Wednesday, May 29th

Marana Civic Center


Marana and Tucson water customers within the Town of Marana are invited to attend a water open house on May 29th, from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm.


It will be at the Marana Police Department Community Room, 11555W. Civic Center Drive.


Attendees will have an opportunity to listen to speakers, ask questions about Marana designation of assured water supply (DAWS), Marana water services, Tucson water services in Marana and more.


A great opportunity to learn about our precious water resources and gain first-hand knowledge of the views and operations of both water departments.


Arizona Native Plant Society


Since their first meeting in1976, the Arizona Native Plant Society (AZNPS) has strived to achieve its mission “To promote knowledge, appreciation, conservation, and restoration of Arizona native plants and their habitats.


The work and conservation efforts of AZNPS have been considerable through the years, with its dedicated members working hard to strengthen native plant protection laws and enrich the knowledge of Arizona’s native plants. These efforts have been instrumental in their growth and influence that is now supported by eleven chapters, based in Cochise County, Peach Springs, Flagstaff, Phoenix, Prescott, Santa Cruz County, Tucson, Upper Gila, White Mountains, Upper Gila and Yuma.


Thier countless volunteer hours have contributed to statewide public education concerning the value of using native plants in the landscape. Important research has also contributed to continued conservation and habitat protection as well as non-native invasive species and habitat restoration of desert and riparian canyon landscapes.


As stated on their website, “Much of Arizona’s flora is highly diverse and unique and we are working to ensure the native plant diversity is around for future generations.”


Cheers to the good work of this important organization.

Their work helps to Keep our Desert and Community Livable and Thriving.

The Invasive Arundo Reed Threatens Arizona Rivers.


Why getting rid of it is so difficult

 

In our last newsletter, we shared the efforts of the Watershed Management Group's (WMG) River Run Networks efforts to map and collect information on native and non-native plants along the Tanque Verde River. One especially water thirsty and fast growing non-native plants is the Arundo Reed.


This “corn stalk” appearing plant is growing at an even faster rate than previously thought as outlined in a recent story by Trilce Estrada Olvera of the Arizona Republic and accompanying video by AZCentral. The article, and video, outlines the problem in detail and alerts us on the importance of eliminating this plant from our eco system. 


Click here to access the AZ Republic article and AZCentral video.


Click here to help WMG map &collect

species information on May 25th.


If you are unable to help, please forward this information to family and friends who may be interested. This is an especially great opportunity for younger folks to become involved in protecting and learning about the beautiful Sonoran Desert.

Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection Featured on Arizona Public Media


Focus on Oracle Road Wildlife Crossings


A recent article by Tony Paniagua, Arizona Public Media (AZPM), titled Wildlife bridge and underpass are used thousands of times each month,

focused on the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection (CSDP) and their great work maintaining the Oracle Road Wildlife Crossing during Habitat Restoration Days.


Jessica Moreno, Conservation Science Director for the Coalition explains the purpose of their efforts.

We’re planting native plants, trees, and pollinator plants to create cover for animals, smaller animals moving across the bridge and underpass, and also food sources and all that fun stuff. We want the habitat to match the surrounding environment and also work really well for the animals that are going to be using the crossing structures.


Carolyn Campbell, Executive Director, adds,

This is the first wildlife bridge in the Sonoran Desert and won’t be the last. We’ve got plans in place to put one over I-10 near Avra Valley Road to connect the Tucson mountains and the Tortolita Mountains as well. So hopefully, one day we’ll have a ring of bighorn sheep moving around, and mule deer moving around Tucson. We have seen an average of 2000 crossings a month in the nine years since this has been built. We’ve got over 40,000 animals between the underpass and the overpass that cross to get between these two mountain ranges”


The Living Desert Alliance salutes the work of the CSDP and their ongoing efforts to preserve this important wildlife corridor.


Read the full article here!


Support the Coalition Efforts


Photo and quotes curtesy of Tony Paniagua, AZPM News

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