McDowell Sonoran Land Conservancy

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 16435 N Scottsdale Rd Ste #110 Scottsdale AZ 85254 USA

Mission: We are stewards of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a large urban preserve located in Scottsdale, Arizona. We offer and promote community educational programs on the necessity for and the methods to achieve appreciation, preservation and stewardship of our natural environment.
Results: For the past 18 years, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy has championed the need to protect the 36,400 acres, or 1/3 of the land in the City of Scottsdale, of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve making the 57 square mile area the largest urban preserve in the United States and protecting vital watersheds, wildlife habitats, and the fragile flora of the Sonoran Desert
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
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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is an amazing place! I've worked as a steward for the last two years to help bring education about the Preserve to the public. In steward education,nature guides and pathfinders...I help connect the public to the magic of the Sonoran desert and our crown jewel, the Preserve. It is our mission to be THE people preserving nature.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great organization working to maintain and develop the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, one of the largest urban preserves in the U. S.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Assisting hikers as a Pathfinder.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't, I'd simply try to recruit additional volunteers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering has a meaningful, positive impact on your community. My search for volunteer opportunities in non-profit organizations brought me to the MSC and what peaked my interest was a call for stewards to assist in the patrol of trails, and I could do it on my horse! What has motivated me to continue with this group of dedicated people, is the variety of ways that I can engage in land conservation and stewardship. From opportunities in trail maintaince to outreach and education programs that build support for open spaces in the community. It is important to enjoy the type of volunteer service you choose and the MSC provides me the chance to make a difference for the beautiful open lands and communities of this region and I take great pride in the fact that I have had a hand in protecting them forever.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing a legislative bill, that would have diverted tax-payer funds to purchase land for open spaces to balance the state budget, get shot down by an overwhelming majority of voters!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

see more corporate dollars choosing this organization to support.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a McDowell Sonoran Conservancy trail maintenance volunteer I have been to work everywhere in the preserve. What a beautiful ecological and geological gem it is! At 16,000 acres and still growing, the City of Scottsdale could not develop and maintain the preserve without the assistance of hundreds of MSC volunteers. There is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to meet the interest of anyone wishing to become involved.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The preserve has grown from open land to a widespread trail system with multiple trailheads. Seeing the general public able to access and enjoy their preserve gives me great personal satisfaction knowing that I have served the public good through this organization. Personally, I enjoy hiking and biking the many trails with family and friends. Plus, I have met and made new friends and acquaintances through our cooperative endeavors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This organization is already a leader and national model for cooperation between a municipality and a volunteer based conservancy. Recently, MSC completed and implemented a new strategic and organizational plan. I think they are on the right path: no change necessary.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I continue to be amazed at what a volunteer work force can do when they have a shared purpose. The concept of "preserving our desert and mountains for the benefit of this and all future generations" is a lofty yet achievable goal. The city of Scottsdale, owners of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, has paved the way by allowing the McDowell Conservancy (MSC) to train and educate over 400 Stewards to help protect the preserve, make it safer and affordable to all who desire to enjoy what nature has provided.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been a MSC steward for five years and assist new stewards during early training. I have learned a great deal about the desert and understand why so many desire to preserve this incredible section of land.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage the training of more stewards.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a Steward for the McDowell’s, I am there to assist hikers, and help them make good choices. I make sure they are carrying enough water, have proper foot wear and understand the complexity of the trails

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This is an organization that passionately cares about our conservancy. That wants to preserve this land for generations to come. I have personally gained a strong zest for mother earth and see the need for organizations such as the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the amount of volunteers.

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