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Causes: Environment, Environmental Beautification

Mission: Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc., acting through the stewardship of its members and volunteers, is committed to protect and sustain the unique scenic beauty and natural environment of the Greater Sedona Area.

Results: • Litter Lifters - manages the famous corps of more than 120 volunteers who clean litter from over 65 miles of roads in our area. • Dark Skies – named Sedona the World’s Eight International Dark-Sky Community Worldwide and 6th in the U.S. in 2014 as a result of a renewed collaboration between the City and KSB. • Annual Native Plant Workshop - begun in 1979 has educated over 3000 thousand community members on the benefits of using native plants and low water use landscaping. • Annual Awards Program – recognizes excellence in commercial architectural design, xeriscaping, lighting, and signage or community service. • Preserving the Wonder ™ Speakers Series - brings experts monthly to our community to discuss their views on pertinent environmental and conservation issues. • Noise Abatement Community- joined with the City of Sedona in a Citizens Engagement Group to address noise from the airport and specifically helicopter tours resulting in the County’s decision to take over operation of the airport. • Coalition for the Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument – at the behest of the Sedona City Council, supported the coalition efforts to be consistent with our mission to protect our unequalled natural beauty. • Water Sustainability – founding member of the Verde River Basin Partnership, which promotes the use of unbiased science and education in sustaining our surface water and groundwater within the Verde River Basin. • Land Preservation Task Force - lead the effort to secure several millions of dollars in funding to purchase over 500 hundred acres of unique and sensitive lands around Sedona that are now part of the Coconino National Forest. • Oak Creek Designated Unique Arizona Waterway – lead the effort in having the State of Arizona acknowledge the importance of this significant natural resource. • Sign Ordinances in Yavapai County and City of Sedona – worked with local government and the business community to establish outdoor sign ordinances. • Enforcement of Water Quality Standards on Oak Creek – lead the effort to sustain the water quality of Oak Creek getting federal and state agencies to enforce water quality standards. • Covered Load Ordinance – wrote and championed a covered load ordinance which was adopted by the Sedona City Council in 2006 making litter resulting from an unsecured load an enforceable offense. • Award of Merit – given to KSB in 2014 for Environmental Stewardship in Northern Arizona.

Target demographics: Protect and sustain the unique scenic beauty and natural environment of the Greater Sedona Area

Direct beneficiaries per year: Educate about native plants, water conservation, dark skies and the environment; pick up litter on over 68 miles of Sedona-area roads;

Geographic areas served: The Greater Sedona Area

Programs: Annual Native Plant Workshop, Monthly Preserving the Wonder (tm) Speaker Series, Annual Awards of Excellence, Volunteer Lifter Lifters, Dark-Sky Educational Events

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attend the Native Plant Workshop every year. I really enjoy it. I always learn something new. I think it helps populate the Sedona area with native plants and results in more sustainability.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Keep Sedona Beautiful is an excellent organization that keeps itself and the community informed about issues and opportunities that help preserve the natural beauty and environment of the greater Sedona area. I have volunteered with them on several projects and have not only enjoyed the work and interaction, but was proud of the goals that KSB was trying to achieve.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that does really good work! Their work obtaining Dark Sky designation for Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek was great.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. They are the key reason that our highways are so clean, as they have a large group of volunteers who pick up roadside litter regularly. Keep Sedona Beautiful (KSB) is very active in other ways in our community, sponsoring an annual Native Plants Workshop, hosting an educational series of lectures, working to keep noise pollution down, and being the champion of our Dark Skies initiative. Like would be poorer if it were not for Keep Sedona Beautiful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great local group that does very god work keeping Sedona a beautiful place to live. I particularly appreciate ther work keeping over 60 miles of Sedona roads clear of litter and trash.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Keep Sedona Beautiful continues to work on Dark Skies in and around Sedona. Last year, KSB’s Dark-Sky Committee participated in six dark-sky educational events. In February 2016 the Village of Oak Creek was designated the fourteenth International Dark-Sky Community in the world, following two years of work by KSB’s Dark Sky Committee. The Committee is now helping Camp Verde AZ and Cottonwood AZ to secure the International Dark-Sky Community designation. We are so fortunate to be able to see the Dark Skies in our community and KSB
made this happen.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Keep Sedona Beautiful for the last three years. There are many accomplishments that come to my mind. One in particular is the designation
of Sedona as a Dark Sky city and working on the communities around Sedona to get
them designated as a Dark Sky. I truly believe that the people involved with Keep Sedona Beautiful deeply care about the local community and environment.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Keep Sedona Beautiful has been environmental stewards since 1972, that is 45 years of preserving the wonder! KSB's mission is to protect and sustain the unique scenic beauty and natural environment of the Greater Sedona Area and that is what they have been doing for 45 years.
KSB educates and advocates on behalf of its membership and the community on zoning, lighting and signage issues, community plans, Forest Service plans, environmental impact studies and regional government issues.
If we didn't have KSB, there would be be no one doing this!

Donor

Rating: 5

KSB continues to do wonderful things, such as co- founding the Sustainability Alliance., which has noe certified more than 30 businesses as to their sustainability practices.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WHY WE GIVE TO KEEP SEDONA BEAUTIFUL

We retired to a place of dreams, a place of extraordinary beauty, that we enjoy every day. We are constantly reminded that we are among the most fortunate to live here, amidst this unique scenery that so many others may only visit for a few days at a time.

We recognize that through the forty plus years of KSB’s dedicated work by thousands of volunteers, we are able to enjoy this place even more, through Dark Sky nights, litter-free roads and highways, a heightened consciousness to the value of native plants, a preservation of Red Rock Scenery, and a natural beauty so quiet we can hear hummingbirds’ wings and the birds sing.

If it were not for the work of KSB, things would be different. There is no other organization dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of that which we have come here to treasure. We recognize that our membership fees and donations are truly one of the very best investments we can make, as they help to leverage the 10,000+ hours of cost-free volunteer time working on our behalf.

Please join us in investing in KSB to ensure that those who come later may enjoy what we enjoy today.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Keep Sedona Beautiful continues to focus on the protection of this area to ensure its continued beauty. Recently KSB worked to limit motorized vehicle traffic on off-road trails to improve the serenity and protection of the trails and the surrounding community. Good work!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I live in a city surrounded by a national forest with wonderful red rocks, hiking and camping. It is a wonder place to live and a treasured tourist destination. Keep Sedona Beautiful has been an advocate for preservation of this natural treasure since 1972. By education, speakers series, awards and advocacy it works with businesses and governmental agencies as well as the community at large to maintain a focus on preserving the beauty of this area. This role is key to the long term success of this area.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Keep Sedona Beautiful has joined the growing list of local non-profits and businesses supporting the Sedona Trail Keepers program. The Trail Keepers program allows organizations to sponsor a trail by financially committing to sustain and maintain existing trails. Keep Sedona Beautiful views this effort as a great example of local interests collaborating effectively to enhance access to our beautiful red rock country in a responsible and environmentally sensitive way.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Keep Sedona Beautiful (KSB) is beginning its 44th year as the environmental steward of the Greater Sedona Area. KSB has initiated many projects and programs to fulfill its mission. One that is close to my heart is protecting our dark sky. In 2013 KSB brought together Sedona businesses, residents, city officials, and various public and private organizations to figure out a way to project one of Sedona’s most treasured assets—our dark skies. After months of collaborative efforts, KSB submitted an application to the International Dark-Sky Association for their coveted Dark-Sky Community designation. This application included hundreds of letters of support and a copy of Sedona’s outdoor lighting ordinance that protects our night skies from light pollution. The IDA recognized Sedona as a steward of the night skies and awarded the designation. Sedona was the eighth city in the world to be designated as an International Dark-Sky Community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

KSB has dedicated board members, staff and volunteers that care deeply about Sedona. Their desire to protect the environment (Litter Lifters, Dark Skies) and promote education through the Speaker Series (free to the public!) and Native Plant Workshop (coming up April 1, 2017 for the 38th year!) is truly remarkable. They also support the Sedona Community Food Bank, host environmental workshops and sponsor a Litter Prevention Poster Competition in the local elementary schools. A worthy organization that deserves community support!

Board Member

Rating: 5

KSB was the driving force behind gaining Dark Sky designation for both the City of Sedona and for the Village of Oak Creek. KSB is engaging other communities in the Verde Valley, encouraging them to strive for Dark Sky Designation.

This is a great means of helping ensure that our skies stay as free of light pollution as possible, making the area one of the best places to view the night sky.

Kudos.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group has been serving the greater Sedona area for over 25 years, providing leadership on issues ctitical to citizens, such as litter lifting, dark skies designation, noise reduction, billboard regulation, and native habitat gardening. KSB focuses nearly all its resources on programs, and has become an effective advocate for the Sedona environment.