McDowell Sonoran Land Conservancy Overview
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Target demographics: The community we serve includes 5,000 active members; the members of our partner organizations; residents of the nearby communities of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and Maricopa County; and countless thousands of visitors from around the world who come to experience the McDowell Mountains and surrounding Sonoran Desert.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of species of wildlife, flora, and fauna. Thousands of visitors and local residents
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Enhance and remediate current trails to allow safe, enjoyable access of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve; remove invasive plants to discourage the threat of wildfires; educate young people and the general public about the wonders of the Preserve through public hikes, lectures, and outreach programs; patrol the Preserve for the control of damage that may be caused by storms; raise community awareness of the environmental implications of a wildlife-urban interface,
Programs: Maintaining trails, restoring damaged desert habitat, and removing invasive plants. Educating young people and the general public about the wonders of the Preserve through public hikes, lectures, and outreach programs. Advocating completion of the Preserve plan to acquire 36,000 acres of Sonoran Desert within the City of Scottsdale, and the integration of the resulting trail system with other existing and planned local, county and national preserves.