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« on: October 29, 2011, 02:47:02 am »

Public open house meetings to be held on Sonoran Desert Heritage conservation proposal

Oct. 28, 2011
 

Local citizens invited to attend, give feedback on plan for West Valley public lands

PHOENIX – Sportsmen/sportswomen, wildlife watchers, hikers, OHV recreationists and other members of the public have an opportunity to provide input into the planning phase for the Sonoran Desert Heritage conservation proposal, which aims to protect approximately 750,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management lands for recreational access, wildlife, and archaeological significance in the region west and south of the White Tank Mountains.

In its discussions on the proposal, the Arizona Game and Fish Department has consistently stated that it is essential that the plan support Arizona’s authority to manage wildlife and a comprehensive level of wildlife-related recreational access to sportsmen and sportswomen of Arizona.

The Sonoran Desert Heritage coalition will hold a series of public meetings starting next week:

    Nov. 3, 7-9 p.m., Avondale, Avondale Church of God, 2605 N. Avondale Blvd.
    Nov. 8, 6-8 p.m., Tonopah, Saddle Mountain RV Park, 40902 W. Osborn Road.
    Nov. 10, 7-9 p.m., Wickenburg, Wickenburg Community Center, 175 E. Swilling.
    Nov. 15, 7-9 p.m., Surprise, Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza.
    Nov. 17, 7-9 p.m., Buckeye, Buckeye Chamber of Commerce, 508 E. Monroe Ave.

The meetings, which will be held in open house format, are your opportunity to voice your opinions on aspects such as conservation protection, public access, recreational use, future development, and more.

"This area - while far to the west now - will continue to be scrutinized for development potential," said Eric Gorsegner, associate director with the Sonoran Institute's Sun Corridor Legacy Program, in an announcement on the Sonoran Desert Heritage website. "The goal of the proposal is to protect open space, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities, which bring over $5 billion annually into Arizona's economy. We've crafted it carefully, taking into account future development, transportation and energy infrastructure plans, and the needs of Luke Air Force Base."

The Sonoran Desert Heritage effort consists of a broad coalition of communities, organizations, developers, military interests, and faith groups. For more information, visit its website at http://www.sonoranheritage.org.
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