About CAZCA

What We Do

The Central Arizona Conservation Alliance (CAZCA) was founded in 2012 as an ongoing initiative of Desert Botanical Garden. Together with regional partners, CAZCA developed a long-term strategy for the preservation of Maricopa County’s open spaces to support a healthy ecosystem and provide beautiful, safe open spaces for recreation, education, and relaxation.

Vision

We envision a sustainable preserve system that supports healthy ecosystems and provides beautiful, safe open spaces for healthy communities.

Mission

To lead community engagement, collaboration, and strategy to protect, restore, and promote desert open spaces in the Central Arizona region.

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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Steering Committee

Juanita Armstrong-Ullberg

Juanita Armstrong

Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department

Juanita Armstrong

Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department

Laurel Arndt Photo

Laurel Arndt

White Tank Mountains Conservancy

Laurel Arndt

White Tank Mountains Conservancy

Pat Barber

Pat Barber

Arizona Game and Fish Department

Pat Barber

Arizona Game and Fish Department

R.J. Cardin

R.J. Cardin

Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department

R.J. Cardin

Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department

Dawn Collins

Arizona State Parks and Trails

Dawn Collins

Arizona State Parks and Trails

Challie Facemire

Challie Facemire, Ph.D.

CAZCA Program Director

Challie Facemire, Ph.D.

CAZCA Program Director

Dan Gruber

Dan Gruber

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Dan Gruber

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Four Peaks with weather

Rose Henderson

US Forest Service

Rose Henderson

US Forest Service

Kevin Hultine

Desert Botanical Garden

Kevin Hultine

Desert Botanical Garden

Four Peaks with weather

Keith Knutson

Arizona Game and Fish Department

Keith Knutson

Arizona Game and Fish Department

Kim McCue

Kim McCue

Desert Botanical Garden

Kim McCue

Desert Botanical Garden

Claire Miller

CAZCA Steering Committee Chair - Phoenix Parks and Recreation

Claire Miller

CAZCA Steering Committee Chair - Phoenix Parks and Recreation

Marisol Ortiz

CAZCA Engagement Coordinator

Marisol Ortiz

CAZCA Engagement Coordinator

Jarod Rogers

Phoenix Parks and Recreation

Jarod Rogers

Phoenix Parks and Recreation

Janelle Siefert photo

Janelle Siefert

White Tank Mountains Conservancy

Janelle Siefert

White Tank Mountains Conservancy

Melanie Tluczek

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Melanie Tluczek

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Sharma Torrens

White Tank Mountains Conservancy

Sharma Torrens

White Tank Mountains Conservancy

Sarah Webber

Arizona State Parks and Trails

Sarah Webber

Arizona State Parks and Trails

Brooke Wheelock

US Forest Service

Brooke Wheelock

US Forest Service

Get In Touch

Have a question for our team or want to find ways to get involved?

CAZCA is an initiative of Desert Botanical Garden. Any donations made to CAZCA must be made through Desert Botanical Garden. You will now be taken to their website to complete this transaction. Thank you!
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