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North Country Conservancy Inc

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Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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cbogar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Ann H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

6 jlarson

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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5

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a grateful recipient of the efforts of this dedicated group of conservationists. After four hikes with the organization and two years of following their efforts, I am thankful for the work they are doing. Their work benefits area wildlife, including that most destructive creature, man. Area wildlife has been pushed ever northward and condensed into unhealthy proximity to urban sprawl. Also, geologic features are being shoveled, graded, and pushed into unnatural configurations. Natural vegetation is being replaced in the natural process of wind, bird, and animal waste, spreading seeds from non-native species planted in neighboring subdivisions. The NCC is addressing these problems with education, promoting conservation and scientific study regarding natural resources and environmentally-sensitive lands. A counterweight to the destructive potential in imminent urban encroachment and an advocate of sound land use policies, the NCC attempts to foster an increased appreciation and understanding of the natural resources indigenous to the North Country area by working with and through elementary and high school students and community groups. The NCC has membership which includes three contiguous North Valley communities: Anthem, New River, and Desert Hills. Each can expect to share the benefits from turning Daisy Mountain into a park. The benefits include: a boost to land values and property taxes; a boost for local economies by attracting new businesses; and an enhancement in environmental and lifestyle quality. The NCC is working to save Daisy Mountain by encouraging the establishment of sound land-use policies through State Trust Land reform and other efforts. They need and deserve all of the support they can get for education, legislation, and research.

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4

Donor

Rating: 5

North Country Conservancy, Inc. is a fine group of dedicated community leaders who are enjoying their ever-growing number of supporters while working to preserve a beautiful desert area for future generations. I am proud to count myself among the

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with NCC through the Daisy Mountain Preservation Effort since its inception in 2004 and continue to serve both as a founding board member and as treasurer of this exceptional organization. I'm involved on a volunteer basis with many organizations and non-profits and can attest that NCC has a very focused mission with a tremendous group of caring and dedicated people - all of whom are volunteers. By its example, NCC has served as a springboard for other non-profit groups in the area and is - like the mountain we're trying to preserve - an inspiration for many. In fulfilling our mission, our Board of Directors works closely with the state, county and city agencies responsible in our quest to save Daisy Mountain and insure its future accessibility to the public. We do a lot of community outreach and education through programs like our walking stick workshops, photo/art contests, and group hikes. We work cooperatively with other partners in conservation throughout Arizona. Collectively we promote open space, clean air and water, dark skies, habitat connectivity and restoration,properly functioning ecosystems, responsible outdoor recreation, and State Trust Land reform. As Treasurer, I can also attest to NCC's adherence to fiscal responsibility. We hold ourselves accountable down to the penny! Finally, we are community-based advocates for sound land use planning in conjunction with good stewardship of the land; which in turn promotes the health, well-being, and economic benefits of the larger community that we are all a part of.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with NCC since it was created. I have served at various times as walking stick trainer, executive director, secretary, newsletter editor, tour guide, and general

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3 rebeccalehman

Client Served

Rating: 5

In a world that is so devoted to technological advances such as computers, internet, cell phones, video games and more, we cannot undermine the importance of nature. The North Country Conservatory has gone above and beyond to be sure that adequate attention is given to the great outdoors and the value of nature in our everyday lives. NCC’s calendar demonstrates the many types of wildlife and stunning views that the beautiful Daisy Mountain and the state of Arizona has to offer. However, even more importantly, their walking stick classes offer the opportunity for even the most out-of-tune technological person to enjoy a hike. It is wonderful that the NCC allows for all ages and physicality levels to participate, a wonderful family experience. The NCC is politically active, fighting for and protecting the land that is so precious to many Arizona residents. Their expertise is refreshing and their motivation is inspiring. Everyone should get to know this great organization.

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NCC's board and volunteers are very committed, passionate and accessible. I've worked with them on their walking stick class held during past 12 months. Everyone (very diverse ages, skills, and backgrounds) had fun while working and learning. All questions were answered. People had a greater appreciation for the need to save the Daisy Mountain state trust land from being developed.