Stephanie Sklar
My First 500 Days

When I came to the Sonoran Institute 21 months ago, we set a plan in motion for the first 500 days. I can report to you that in those 500 days: We finalized… MORE ›

Lower Santa Cruz River Study Results

Newly Released Living River Report Tracks Changing River Conditions TUCSON, Ariz. (July 12, 2016) –  Pima County and the Sonoran Institute have finalized the third EPA-funded report in a series entitled A Living… MORE ›

Tracking Your Living River’s Health

by Claire Zugmeyer If you live in Tucson, Arizona, the Santa Cruz is your Living River. Though many locals are familiar with the dry stretch visible from downtown, residents are often surprised to… MORE ›

Remembering Bill Mitchell

It is with great sadness that we report that our friend and colleague, Bill Mitchell, passed away on May 27th, 2016. Bill served on the Sonoran Institute’s Board of Directors from 2010 to… MORE ›

The Living River of Your Community

What is a river to a desert? A source of life, a safe haven for plants and animals, perhaps a place to have your next weekend picnic? How about all of those things.… MORE ›

Endangered Fish Rediscovered in Santa Cruz River

Return Demonstrates Role of Recycled Wastewater in Ecosystem Recovery “We have seen such an improvement in water quality from a 2009 upgrade to the international wastewater treatment plant that we knew Gila topminnow… MORE ›

News Release 7.29.2015

The report examines the relationship and challenges of Arizona’s military installations, the publicly owned lands surrounding them and the public’s support of obtaining additional conservation easements adjacent to military facilities. “I encourage citizens to attend… MORE ›

News Release 7.22.2015

  The comprehensive report on the management of state trust lands is an updated version of the original 2006 publication, State Trust Lands in the West: Fiduciary Duty in a Changing Landscape, reflecting… MORE ›

News Release 7.06.2015

The framework, developed by the Sonoran Institute with input from military, community and conservation leaders, is being released July 6 as part of a new study “Mutual Benefit; Preserving Arizona’s Military Mission and… MORE ›

News Release 3.11.2015

  State trust land management agencies are poised to make better use of conservation mechanisms including conservation sales and leases through easements or outright fee-simple purchases, ecosystems services markets, and land tenure and… MORE ›

News Release 1.21.2015

  “Climate change is recognized as one of the most significant environmental challenges of our time,” said Summer Waters, director of the Sonoran Institute’s Western Lands and Communities program. “Our findings indicate that… MORE ›

NEWS RELEASE 9.10.2014

  More than two-thirds (69%) of western voters support renewable energy development on public lands that does not harm wildlife and avoids wild places, with Arizona polling even higher at 79%; More than… MORE ›

Stephanie Sklar
News Release 9.4.2014

  “The Board conducted an intensive search process and interviewed a number of excellent candidates,” says Henri Bisson, chairman of the Sonoran Institute Board of Directors. “Stephanie was our top choice, and we… MORE ›

News Release – 8.13.2014

  “Summer’s diverse background in land-use and natural resource planning make her ideally suited to lead our Western Lands and Communities program,” said John Shepard, interim Chief Executive Officer for the Sonoran Institute.… MORE ›

News Release – 07.25.14

“Our Raise the River coalition joins communities and organizations throughout the Basin in celebrating the beautiful, life-giving Colorado River.  The binational commitment to reviving the health of the Colorado River Delta shows that… MORE ›