When people think about their favorite places in Arizona, some of our public lands are sure to be at the top of their lists. Arizona is blessed with approximately 30.5 million acres of federal public lands, from Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in the north to Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in the south, from the Blue Range Primitive Area in the east to the Trigo Mountains Wilderness in the west. Ken Burns referred to our National Parks as “America’s Best Idea” in his film series about the parks. We agree. These special areas include a variety of landscapes, plants, geology, archaeology, and history, as well as unique wildlife habitat and outstanding recreational opportunities.
For information on more ways to get involved, upcoming meetings and events, and more, please contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The environment of Arizona is typically associated with desert vistas and dramatic canyon views. Yet Arizona is home to the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in the United States. From the sky islands of Southern Arizona to the Kaibab Plateau along Grand Canyon’s North Rim, the forests of Arizona are home to a remarkable diversity of plants and animals, some found nowhere else on earth! As wild habitat throughout the Southwest is fragmented by development, public lands play an ever-greater role in the preservation of diverse and unique species.
Forests Forever! A new Vision for Arizona's National Forest (1.4 MB pdf) – learn more about the six forests in Arizona and how they’re managed
Arizona houses 31 national parks, monuments, heritage sites, recreation areas, and more. These include spectacular places, such as Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Saguaro National Park, Sonoran Desert National Monument, and Coronado National Memorial. Most of these areas are managed by the National Park Service (NPS) and five are managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
The Sierra Club seeks to ensure that the management plans and any proposed projects in these areas protect and restore the natural systems and native species, safeguarding the remoteness and undeveloped character of the landscapes. We work to limit actions in and around these awe-inspiring places that have the potential to negatively affect the important resources for which they were set aside. That means working to reduce damage from irresponsible off-road vehicle activities, overgrazing by livestock, and introduction of invasive species, among other actions.
The Sierra Club works to limit the impacts of mining in our state and to reform outdated federal hardrock mining laws that put mining above other important values on public lands. Mining can have significant negative impacts on landscapes, wildlife, waters, public health, and recreation.
We are a member of the Arizona Mining Reform Coalition, whose goal is to stop unduly destructive mining proposals in Arizona, including the Rosemont Mine, the Resolution Copper Mine, and some ill-sited uranium mines. The long-term goal is to reform the 1872 Mining Law to, at a minimum, do the following:
To learn more about our mining campaign, please contact Don Steuter at (602) 956-5057 or email@example.com.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and a year-long celebration of this important piece of legislation. Much has been written about this key environmental law and how it has affected public lands management. Much more remains to be written about it and about Arizona's 1984 and 1990 bills, which, along with the Wilderness Act itself, gave Arizona more than four million acres of wilderness.
Get out and explore one of Arizona's 90 wilderness areas. Here is a handy checklist.
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Celebrate Wilderness Month with Tucson and Pima County!
Arizona just received our first two wilderness proclamations yesterday, Aug 5, 2014. The City of Tucson and Pima Country (where Tucson is located) each passed proclamations designating September as Celebrate Wilderness Month in their jurisdictions.
Tucson is surrounded by five wilderness areas that protect the beautiful mountainous backdrops for the city. Pima County includes eight wilderness areas, including areas managed by each of the four federal wilderness agencies. It is one of only two counties in the nation that have that distinction (along with San Bernardino in CA).
Thank you to Meg Weesner for all of her hard work to make this happen and thank you Tucson and Pima County for recognizing the value of wilderness.
Public Lands Factsheet (1.5 MB pdf) – learn more about Arizona’s public lands and what you can do to help protect them
Mining Factsheet – discover why the 1872 Mining Law damages our public lands and is not in the best interest of American citizens
Oak Flat Factsheet– find out how you can help protect Oak Flat from the proposed Resolution Copper Mine
YouTube Video– A Not-So-Simple Exchange: Why Arizona's Oak Flat Deserves Continued Protection From Copper Mining
Save the Scenic Santa Ritas– learn more about the proposed Rosemont Mine in southern Arizona
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To get involved with the Sierra Club’s public lands work in Arizona, please contact our office at (602) 253-8633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.