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August 28, 2013
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August 28, 2013
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Sky Island Alliance has flourished by putting aside political concerns nationally and internationally to prioitize the habitats as a whole. I have been impressed by the quality of data collected on their bioblitzes and the follow-up of entering data into regional databases accessible by all. Thank-you!

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 25, 2013
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August 25, 2013
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Sky Island Alliance is an important and effective regional leader on issues at the intersection of climate change and the environment. They have brought together a diverse array of regional resource managers, decision-makers, and private land owners for constructive dialogues on environmental change, habitat vulnerability, wildfire threats, and the potential compounding effects of climate change. Moreover, SIA's ability to mobilize volunteers for monitoring key regional ecosystem processes and species, has improved the ability of scientists and others to track environmental change, and contributed to scientific understanding of wildlife and ecosystem issues.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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A lot

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 21, 2013
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June 21, 2013
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I logged over 100 hours volunteering for Sky Island last year on projects as diverse as spring assessments, tracking and camera trapping, and data entry. I have only lived in Tucson a couple of years and have found a family of extremely dedicated professionals that I embrace not only with time, but also emotional gratitude for the necessary work that they accomplish. Thank you Sky Island for what you do and allowing me to contribute to protecting the great quality of life that Southeast Arizona and Northern Sonora offers.

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

Increase the staff size to ease the tremendous stress and burden on its overtaxed employees.

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

A lot

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?

2013

October 16, 2012
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October 16, 2012
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Sky Island's stated objective of preserving wildife corridors is matched by its physical presence in the field. Staff members and volunteers effectively demonstrate how a dedicated group can make a difference, not only on this side of the border, but in Northern Sonora as well where cooperative programs are being implemented and accepted.

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Definitely

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

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 2, 2012
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March 2, 2011

Sky Island Alliance is unique in this region in its ability to put boots on the ground and exact real change on the landscape, in policy and education. I am constantly impressed with their ability to... more

March 2, 2012
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Sky Island Alliance is an amazing local/regional conservation organization undertaking important work that other groups are not, working collaboratively with partners in two countries and four states. SIA does a lot of critical work with not a lot of funding; they do a superb job of effectively applying donor dollars to ensure change on the ground and movement forward.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 2, 2011
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Sky Island Alliance is unique in this region in its ability to put boots on the ground and exact real change on the landscape, in policy and education. I am constantly impressed with their ability to respond to emergent issues and keep donors/members informed about what's going on and how we can plug in to make a real difference.

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

policy change and restoration outcomes; beautiful, exquisite photos of rare wildlife; partnerships and collaborations throughout the region

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

ensure they had all the resources they need!

March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

I have volunteered with this group for a number of hands on projects such as ORV damage rehabilitation, bat mine surveys, and frog surveys.
I have also tabled to spread the word. SIA is involved in protecting the sky Islands of southern Arizona and wildlife corridors with Mexico. The chance to
work in the field has strengthened my commitment for land protection by seeing the positive effects of my efforts. This is a stronger bond than just contributing money.

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

Seeing the ORV damage hidden and the area restored was a positive result of this groups active participation in land protection.

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

I think they are doing a good job of community involvement and spreading the message.

March 22, 2011
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March 22, 2011
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Sky Island Alliance came to my attention in the early 2000's when I met some of the organization's founders and, subsequently, the director and several staff members. "Enthusiastic conservationists" was my immediate impression of the group's members, people putting into action the ideas that make for positive outcomes. In addition to outreach programs that encourage conservation measures by private landowners, there is a 'practice-what-you-preach' ethic as exemplified by a volunteer corps repairing damaged public lands and assisting in wildlife population dynamics. Of the numerous conservation groups that we support, none more accurately lives up to our goal of thinking globally, but acting locally.

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

working with state and federal agencies to control non-native species across southern Arizona. working with Mexican agencies to promote cross-border wildlife corridors.

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

encourage staff members to complete project reviews and reports in as timely a fashion as possible and to communicate research objectives to any and all interested parties.

March 22, 2011
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March 22, 2011
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The Sky Islands Alliance (SIA) is a major player in the conservation of some of the most important ecosystem services providers of northwestern Mexico and southwestern USA. The persistence of the ecosystems in mountains sorrounded by a desert sea, not only assures the maintenance of biodiversity and human culture, but guarentees the most important commodity of desertlands: water. Throughout its work, SIA has promoted research, conservation, management and sustainable use of these unique ecosystems for now 20 years. SIA has influenced my academic work and has steered the way I perceive research and conservation to such degree that I have ended writing research papers directly isnpired by its activieties. Its involvement with research scientists as well as with the inhabitants of remote ranches up in the mountains truly reflects SIA's mission of working across a transversal section of the society to achieve conservation, restoration and sensible development of the region ecosystems.

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I've personally experienced the results of SIA in setting up areas under protection. Also, personally know of SIA's efforts in advancing research by including scientists in its ranks, as well as influencing local authorities and land owners in land protecion issues in shared borderlands of the USA and Mexico.

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

SIA is an institution reaching maturity and stability. I don envisage major changes on its structure and/or organization.

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

Definitely

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

What is its top priority in the long run?

conservation/restoration through multidisciplinary work of mountain ecosystems in the aridlands of SW USA/NW Mexico

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 22, 2011
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March 22, 2011
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The Board is informed of the details of the working biologists and the overall plan of direction for this organization. There is a general directive to follow the organizational outline very closely. The ED is on the carpet, so to speak, to answer all queries and responds with direct answers and examples. The entire organization responds with enthusiasm about their goals and plans such as the motion cameras which "capture" animal facts in wild lands and the restructuring of roads, streams and such that have been damaged by the use of the public or landowners. There is a high regard for land owners in all planning and a high regard for the SIA as evidenced by the high number of volunteers which work for the group.

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

My own property in S. Az is a place for motion cameras and we see reports and know there is monthly tracking assessment and monthly camera information retreival. I have seen that there is great respect in the wildlands "community" and return of past members to events which indicates pride and admiration. As Board we try to "spread the knowledge" at events in the general areas of Arizona covered by the "sky islands" and find interested Arizonans everywhere.

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

Do nothing.

March 19, 2011
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March 19, 2011
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Sky Island Alliance is one of the most important environmental forces in Southern Arizona and the region. They are very creative, knowledgeable, constructive, and approachable in their environmental projects. They are easy to work with, both from a government agency client perspective and for their cadre of volunteers and members.

Their projects demonstrate experience and professionalism in approach. I am familiar with SIA as a field contact for the Bureau of Land Management, and also as a volunteer in a few Forest Service projects. The project leaders are always good communicators with government staff and volunteers alike, and they make projects fun!

I worked with SIA on several projects in the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. I was struck by their adherance to BLM regulations while carrying out restoration and protective work, which required excellent working knowledge of environmental law.



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

Yes, as described above. Additionally, using road closures as an example, SIA techniques and hard work with volunteers permanently closed old dirt roads not in the BLM Master Plan for Las Cienegas, often a difficult task to maintain.

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

...do very little and not tinker with success. I know there is plenty of equipment - electronic, manual and otherwise - they could use but I wouldn't tamper with their model. SIA is most valuable as a local grassroots group, so I don't think they should expand too much - there's so much to do in Southern Arizona!

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