Central Arizona Conservation Alliance

We support organizations and the people of Arizona to protect and care for natural, open spaces that serve our communities and protect the habitat of the Sonoran Desert in Central Arizona.

Discover Our Strategy

Why Are Open Spaces Important?

Maricopa County open spaces are at the heart of what makes the Valley special, drawing visitors to our small businesses, providing locals and tourists with places to explore and enjoy, while elevating the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. As the region grows, we are actively finding ways for these spaces to expand to serve more people and maintain healthy desert habitats for future generations. 

Our Campaign Goals

Protect & Connect

Protect & Connect

Create a holistic network of desert plant and animal habitats while providing people with safe, connected and thriving open spaces to enjoy.

Sustain & Restore

Sustain & Restore

Ensure protected and non-protected lands are managed, promote biodiversity, sustainable recreation and future growth.

Love & Support

Love & Support

Build strong relationships and a network of advocacy by connecting people with the beauty and importance of the Sonoran Desert.

Coordinate & Elevate

Coordinate & Elevate

Ensure and amplify regional open space collaboration, coordination, management and conservation success.

Upcoming Events

Speaker Series: Fire in the Desert

May 18, 2021

Join us for this talk with Dr. Molly Hunter to learn about the changing role of fire in southwestern habitats. We live in such a unique place, and as fire become a more common facet of our lives it’s important we understand their role and their impact on our deserts.

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Speaker Series: What Fuels Wildfires?

May 26, 2021

May is all about Wildfire Awareness! Join us for this talk with Dr. Ben Wilder to learn about the role of invasive plants in wildfires and other facets of fire in the Sonoran Desert. Discover also what recovery and restoration looks like in this unique arid habitat.

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May EcoQuest: Up In Flames

May 2021
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The Sonoran Desert is not adapted to wildfires. Join the May EcoQuest to find and map as many wildfire fueling invasive plants as possible in collaboration with Desert Defenders.

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Our work would not be possible without the generous support of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. We are deeply grateful for their long-standing commitment to CAZCA and our mission.

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Get Involved

Whether you love to hike or just want to smell the desert roses, CAZCA has a way for you to get involved in the preservation of the Sonoran Desert.