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Keep Sedona Beautiful

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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

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 1

Keep Sedona Beautiful violated ethics, transparency and its nonprofit charter recently when it took a political stance on a controversial local ballot initiative on Sedona's August 2018 election. KSB denied it was taking a stance as an organization, but two officers submitted statements of support for the initiative in their official capacity as KSB board members that were published in the Voter Info Guide for the election. KSB also disseminated this side's propaganda to members and refused to be accountable for the false and misleading info therein. After being notified the information was inaccurate, the president claimed KSB was not taking a position and had merely disseminated to its members the information provided (without verifying the accuracy). After this reply and after being notified of the specific and important inaccuracies, KSB did it again, sending a second message to members. Again the president claimed KSB was not taking a side and stated in light of claims that the info was not accurate, KSB would not provide any other comments on the matter... thus not allowing advocates of the other side of the initiative equal opportunity to promote its version to members or at least clarify the innacurate and false information. KSB never issued a correction to members. KSB clearly took a stand as an organization and supported the political initiative. This is a gross breach of ethics. I will not be renewing my membership.

naspinelli

Volunteer

Rating: 5

KSB offers the Speaker Series with interesting and informative speakers from various backgrounds. It sponsors the Annual Native Plant Workshop which encourages the public to consider water usage and native plants in their own landscaping. It has 100 litter lifters monitoring 70 miles of roads within Sedona. KSB was instrumental in Sedona becoming the 6th International Dark-Sky Community in the US and the 8th world-wide! They co-sponsor Trail Work Days. In other words, they unite and work hard to "Keep Sedona Beautiful"!

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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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

KSB has been an important part of our community for 45 years, doing the 'heavy lifting' picking up litter on our roads, advocating for the environment, and supporting responsible ordinances on such things as signage and covered loads.

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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

Keep Sedona Beautiful continuing to protect and sustain the Greater Sedona area. Litter
lifters picking up trash in the Sedona area and our beautiful dark skies. Thanks to KSB's
involvement in the community Sedona is a better place to live.

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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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Carla W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I moved to Sedona, I couldn't wait to sign up as a Keep Sedona Beautiful litter lifter volunteer. I wanted every visitor to experience the beautiful scenery and not see trash along side the roadways as they entered the area. The organization has a long history of providing leadership in local environmental issues of importance to both the community and visitors. If it wasn't for Keep Sedona Beautiful, this area would not look like it does now. I am proud to be a part of this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

KSB Litter Lifters are out every week picking up roadside litter-trash-..
What a dedicated group of volunteers.. I hear KSB has been doing this work for 45 years. WOW.
KSB also supports and has helped preserve our dark night skies through responsible lighting initiatives and community cooperation.
Our family strongly agrees with KSB's long standing preservation work.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Keep Sedona Beautiful has been a community treasure since the 1970’s, which is well before Sedona was even an incorporated city. The quality of life for Sedona residents and the national and world-wide reputation Sedona enjoys as one of the most beautiful places on earth are due, in large part, to the efforts of this amazing organization. I’m proud to have served as a KSB Litter Lifter for over 10 years and I do whatever I can to support the work of KSB.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Keep Sedona Beautiful is a wonderful organization that works to Preserve the Wonder of Sedona's beautiful scenic natural beauty today and for the future. It's helps preserve the beauty in many ways, from litter lifting to working to preserve our magnificent dark night skies. Being a KSB Board member is a rewarding experience.

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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 an active and responsible advocate promoting preservation of the environment surrounding Sedona Arizona for over 40 years. It focuses in educating the community on environmental and sustainability issues. KSB is responsible for litter lifting on 70+ miles of Sedona roads and highways. Finally, KSB is the champion of local initiatives, such as obtaining designation as an International Dark Sky community.

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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

Keep Sedona Beautiful provides residents of the area with a wonderful opportunity to actively support and maintain the beauty of Sedona. Members. volunteers and the public can participate in KSB's many programs and events, such as Litter Lifters, Native Plant Workshop and the Speakers Series. In addition, KSB on behalf of its membership and the community advocate to "keep Sedona beautiful" through its work in the areas of zoning, noise abatement, dark skies, and signage, to name a few!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I believe in this organization 100%. I have moved to another state but still remain on the board. They truly meet their purpose in keeping Sedona beautiful. For the good of the community and beyond.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Keep Sedona Beautiful keeps the entire area aware of the need to protect the beauty of this place. By education and advocacy KSB is a force in the community and reminds the residents, visitors and businesses of the wonder of this locale and the constant need to protect it.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Keep Sedona Beautiful for about six years. It is the only organization I know of that works to protect our environment, to ensure litter free roads in the region, to educate on matters of environmental interest, and to provide speakers on various subjects.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has served the Sedona area for many years. I'm impressed with their organized roadside litter removal program. I joined and have my own one-mile section of highway and feel good about removing any litter because it detracts from the scenic view of red rocks and juniper-pine woodlands. KSB works to minimize the human footprint in this special environment. When there is conflict, they often lead the way to find a solution that best protects this special place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has served the Sedona area for many years. I'm impressed with their organized roadside litter removal program. I joined and have my own one-mile section of highway and feel good about removing any litter because it detracts from the scenic view of red rocks and juniper-pine woodlands. KSB's works to minimize the human footprint in this special environment. When their is conflict, they often lead the way to find a solution that best protects this special place.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Having worked for the mission of KSB for about 19 years, it is hard to find another organization with a better vision. Continue to do the work you have done.