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October 9, 2013
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March 22, 2011

The Sky Island Alliance has been dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and wildlands in the SW US and NW Mexico for 20 years, It's accomplishments include the establishment of protected areas, l... more

October 9, 2013
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For over twenty years Sky Island Alliance has done great work to protect and restore the wild lands and wildlife of the Sky Island region. Staff and volunteers are dedicated and passionate about accomplishing our mission. Sky Island Alliance is the only organization with the sole purpose of conserving this amazingly diverse and beautiful region.

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Encourage greater financial support from donors.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

March 22, 2011
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The Sky Island Alliance has been dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and wildlands in the SW US and NW Mexico for 20 years, It's accomplishments include the establishment of protected areas, landscape restoration, scientific research, and publice education.

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

my work on the board of directors

Ways to make it better...

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

continue to grow our strong base of volunteers and members

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 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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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.

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