The Sonoran Institute has long been involved in the area of state trust land conservation and efforts to effectively manage the assets on behalf of the beneficiaries, primarily k-12 public education. With funding from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and in collaboration with conservation groups, municipalities, and counties across Arizona, the Sonoran Institute has assembled state trust lands suitable for conservation into a single database. The resulting profiles focus on conservation values. Political values are left for another day.
The conservation profiles included here have been identified by stakeholders around the state as suitable for conservation for various reasons: preservation of wildlife corridors; archeological and historical gems; preservation of ancient cultures; and large landscape conservation to name a few.
The four-page conservation profiles are available to inform policy makers, conservation advocates, land managers, and neighbors who love their special corner of Arizona and want to make the case for inclusion in conservation efforts. These profiles explain the importance and location of the land and the reason it deserves protection. Thanks to the local organizations that care deeply about these parcels and provided information, photos, and their support.