Protect & Connect

Ensure a robust network of natural areas to sustain habitat, provide recreation, support clean air and water and improve resilience to natural disasters.

Current Progress

This goal is aimed at building capacity, improving access to information, developing decision-support mechanisms and expanding regional coordination to conserve the region’s most strategically important lands and waters.


Active Initiatives


Total Initiatives


Number of Greenprint Trainings

CAZCA’s Mapping Tool

Greenprint mapping tool


Greenprint is a mapping tool designed collaborative by the Public Land Trust, CAZCA, the Nature Conservancy and the Sonoran Institute. It is primarily meant to assist land planners and managers in identifying spatial solutions that balance recreational needs, enhances residential quality of life and provides habitat for the many valued species of the Sonoran Desert. Anyone can access the tool with a free account to learn more.

Protect Your Open Spaces

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy – Parsons Field Institute Update

May 12, 2021
Partner Event

Discover the science side of McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and join them for an engaging update on a few of their projects. Staff, stewards, and research partners will discuss the goals of their work, what they are learning, and why these projects are important for protecting McDowell Sonoran Preserve and the larger region.

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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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Technical Leads

Together we can build a strong future for our environment and protect the natural beauty of Central Arizona.

Arizona Game & Fish logo
Desert Botanical Garden logo
The Nature Conservancy
The Trust for Public Land logo

Coordinate & Elevate

Sustain & Restore