North Country Conservancy Inc

Rating: 5 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 515 E.Carefree Highway, #638 Phoenix AZ 85085 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

The remaining wild lands and open spaces in the northern part of Phoenix are disappearing or changing forever. Many of the people who live in these areas want to protect the wildlife habitat, the beautiful landscapes, and the pockets of wilderness that remain but getting organized and being heard with government agencies and policy makers was not easy. The North Country Conservancy has now given us that voice. This group is committed to making positive change and its members are dedicated, hardworking and sincere. With this group behind us, I am hopeful that the peoplle of Anthem, New River and Desert Hills can preserve Daisy Mountain and the surrounding desert forever. Thank you NCC.

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

Seeing the increasing awareness of the effort to save Daisy Mountain and other areas and habitats in northern Phoenix. Getting our conservation voices heard in government.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you learn about this organization?

email searching the web for information about Daisy Mountain.

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As a retired Hiker and Nature Lover I fully endorse the Mission of the North Country Conservancy.They are doing an excellent job of keeping the Community apprised of their activities to keep Daisy Mountain and the surrounding area as natural as possible to benefit wildlife,resources and the residents who live in the area.They are in constant communication with all the Authorities at the Local,City,County,State and Federal levels to assure that the Mission can be accomplished.

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

The Board does a fine job of aquiring funds and communicating the Mission to all involved at all levels.

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

I would not change anything,the Board works well together and keeps all apprised of their actions.

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As a local resident preserving the natural beauty and resources of Daisy Mountain is key to keeping the rural nature of our community. The North Country Conservancy works to keep residents informed, legislators knowledeable, and our habitat preserved. The Conservancy is the watchdog to ensure that Daisy Mountain stays natural. Thanks!

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

I am a local resident.

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

help it identify additional funding and publicity sources.

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The energy, commitment, and expediency of this organization is what keeps me so attracted to it. When something needs to get done, people like Ann H. are all over it and next thing you know, we have a whole format for a meeting to discuss it. It is sincere and passionate about it's vision and I look forward to being a part of it!

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

being educated more about my company and my goals

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

be more active in seeking even more members

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Over the past year, we’ve made great strides for broadening awareness about our mission, including several successful walking stick craft workshops, educational parent-youth hikes, our Annual NCC Photo-Art Contest, and promotional events with the Anthem Days and AZ Game & Fish Expos. This has been our most successful year to raise funds and awareness for our mission to preserve Daisy Mountain. We have expanded our supporters to surrounding communities through such activities as supporting the Pioneer Living History Museum and working with a multi-organizational coalition that is developing a new park just a few miles north of Daisy Mountain. While we’re energized by these successes, there’s still much to do to fulfill our mission – and you can partner with us in the journey!

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

recruiting volunteers to work at exhibit booths at community events, lead hikes, sell tickets as a fundraiser (mall special shopping event and a Suns basketball game), and advocate our mission at political events. We also held our first Make a Difference Day doing a trash pick up on Daisy Mountain (near Anthem, Arizona) with 20 plus volunteers and assistance from the New River-Desert Hills Community Association and Maricopa Country (provided the dumpster). Thanks for all involved!!

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

I wish we could change the Arizona Enabling Act to allow some State Trust Lands to be set aside as preserves for benefit of state residents and tourists.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I was one of the founders.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Create a conceptual park/preserve model for Daisy Mountain.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Preserve Daisy Mountain and the surrounding area’s natural resources, open spaces, wildlife habitat, and historic/geologic features for the enjoyment of current and future generations

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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6 people found this review helpful

The North Phoenix area is blessed to have this very committed land trust right in our community, which looks after all of us in land and community planning issues. I am on the City of Phoenix Housing and Neighborhood Commission and we are always looking for ways to improve the Phoenix metropolitan area by providing open space for our residents. The North Country Conservancy is working hard to keep residential and commercial sprawl from engulfing our majestic Daisy Mountain landscape. When a rush to development occurred by some state officials a couple of years ago, the land trust organized more than a thousand residents to come in person to speak their minds and express the Community will, to our officials. Together we headed off a resort and new development being built on the heart of our beloved Daisy Mountain. It was a powerful demonstration to our young people of the strength of informed and peaceful response to protect the things we love the most about our area. We are grateful to the members of the land trust who identified technical issues, created materials on powerpoint and handouts, to help each neighbor participate in an informed way. The NCC is a tireless organization run by incredibly dedicated neighbors, government advisors, and volunteer workers from other communities. With minimal resources, a lot of good projects have been done, and the educational benefit to the children of the area is a delight to behold. I would wish that everyone could go on one of the nature walks on Daisy Mountain, where every small flower is identified and treasured as much as the splendid views. The NCC has been an example to us all to stay involved.

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

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting a group of concerned volunteer citizens that bring hart and commitment every day to the task of preserving the precious open space on and around Daisy Mountain so all Phoenix residents can enjoy what it has to offer.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Purchase the Daisy Mountain land, start a conservation scholarship fund and help the surrounding communities with other conservation projects.

Ways to make it better...

I was not looking for employment so I could dedicate more time helping move our mission forward.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Increasingly more difficult to raise funds from donors due to the poor economy and the uncertain direction of our local government agencies due to major cutbacks in staff and programs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I am one of the founding members of the NCC, which began simply enough as an effort to preserve a slice of a wonderful mountain as development chewed up its flanks. A handful of us from different communities gathered, with our County Supervisor and friend, Andy Kunasek, for what we thought would be a short-term project of arranging the conservation status of this mountain. Abrupt changes in Arizona law turned this into a long time venture of many years, and we have evolved into various directions of wildlife and nature habitat protect, as well as guiding our community into activism about protecting our treasures. Some projects have been intense, as when our community beat back an attempt to put a hotel resort on our mountain, and some have been pure joy, like the hikes, photo contests, and involvement of our elderly citizens in our activities. It is, for me, a moment of great serenity, when we gather to plan our next months, and we find in our efforts harmony and contentment in working for our neighbors and our mountain.

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

our everyday lives, as we remain involved with government, other landtrusts and agencies, and our community.

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

hope for each of us to be comfortably retired so we could accomplish more.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

personal. Great friendships have been forged from diverse needs, multiple talents and skills, and abundant humor.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind,involved, educated, experienced in nature and critter protection, good natured and patient. And most of all, good friends.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open a park for children to learn about nature, buy surrounding lands to protect embattled wildlife, and send us all to Disneyland.

Ways to make it better...

I had enough money to buy some or all of Daisy Mountain.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the recession. The current economy has so damaged the businesses, neighbors, and governement agencies which are less able to volunteer and contribute.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I would like to thank all who have and continue to help. We are an all volunteer effort. It does not make us better than larger landtrusts, but perhaps it makes us closer to the earth, and closer to the people who live here. Thank you all!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with NCC since it was created. Like so many other land based volunteers, I have served at various times as a supporter, an activist, a Board Member and finally the Chair. Each of us volunteers love working as a group, because we have grown in depth and clarity of focused direction with numberous successes over the years. It has also been a guiding light for other residents in providing good example of a genuine grassroots community effort and the tremendous power that grass roots efforts can achive with a strong comon vision. Built on successful regional collaboration in bringing Anthem, New River, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Desert Foothills, Black Canyon City and unincorporated Maricopa County together, expanding to work with and support other environmentally based groups in our region became a natural extension. It is empowering to find like-minded individuals who have a special place in their hearts for the sacredness of our mountains and the creatures who live on and around them. Likewise, educating people on the direct personal economic benefit of preserving open spaces and responsible planning allows us to substantially increase our support base and presence in supporting diverse interests. We have been blessed by volunteers with lots of land and nature experience, and especially about how to work effectively with local cities and counties, and their many rules and ordinances. Bottom line, you are our success, let's continue the struggle for responsible land use together.

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

Successfully blocking the State agencies from selling Daisy Mountain outside of the approved plan for development, directly involved in bringing together 1,000 people in less than 2 weeks at a public hearing.

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

not change a thing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ability to bring together diverse communities in a region with a common vision that has succeeeded in remaining together for eight years with consistency.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

responsible concensus building invidviduals working toward a common cause successfully.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

secure the future of the mountain for all of the generations that will follow in a responsible manner.

Ways to make it better...

we had less public apathy to proactive involvement and more proactive engagement from the broad community.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continuing to keep people engaged for the long haul, particularly when many things are happening that are invisible to the general public, e.g. no pending action or bills that are visible but a lot happening behind the scenes.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the return in supporting this group of hard working individuals gives substantially more than it demands.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I wanted to show both my appreciation and my support in the efforts of North County Conservancy (NCC). This organization, both in its members and executives, truly exemplify what it means to have a heart when it comes to our world. In the ever growing increase of problems created from mankind’s neglect for nature, wildlife and the survival of our world, it’s groups like the NCC that are showing that a few people can truly make a difference. I am so privileged to have to ability to be part of an organization that truly lives by the “Go Green” initiatives that our government and general population only now seem to be taking notice of. The funny thing is, that by supporting such causes as the “Daisy Mountain Preservation Effort” for example, is that we all benefit. Nature lovers’ benefit by the preservation of our national habitat, home owners benefit by an increase (or significant decrease in loss) to the values of their homes, businesses benefit by the increased attraction of the general public to this beautiful area and the list goes on. So in short, everyone wins. In a world with such problems and such turmoil that is overwhelmingly reported on within the news, it’s people and organizations like the NCC that make me proud to be, not only an Arizonian, but proud to be an American. Thank you for what you do.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing their grass roots growth and how the organization keeps seeming to get bigger and bigger with more supporters.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

The North Country Conservancy is providing dynamic leadership in the preservation and utilization of our open space. NCC is mindful and oriented towards coordination with other entities so as to operate efficiently and have the maximum benefit for local citizens, who ultimately benefit financially and in their quality of life. Many of my acquaintances have enjoyed the accomplishments and programs of NCC.

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

their sponsorship of a selection of events that help people to be aware of the value of the open space around us.

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

engage more volunteers in routine operations and special events.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their dedication to preserving open space and improving the quality of life of local citizens.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and willing to share their time and talents.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

and would use the 10 million to preserve open space and coordinate expanded programs with other local entities.

Ways to make it better...

I had more personal time away from my business to get involved!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

limited funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Your $500 contribution to NCC will be used wisely!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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