Sustain & Restore

Engage best practices in land management and restoration to sustain native biodiversity, positive recreational experiences and benefits connected with the Sonoran Desert.

Current Progress

This goal includes a variety of initiatives, including research about the impact of using desert parks, research about effective invasive species control and removal and working to return native plants to the landscape.

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Active Initiatives

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Total Initiatives

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Parks Involved in Invasive Species Mapping

Science in the Desert

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Advancing milkweed research and education in Central Arizona

Monarch butterfly populations have declined as much as 90% over the last two decades. Great Milkweed Grow Out is a Desert Botanical Garden initiative that supports monarch conservation by creating habitat at schools and community centers, propagating native milkweeds, and conducting innovative research on monarchs and milkweed.

Protect Your Open Spaces

EcoQuestions with Kara Barron

May 11, 2021

In this EcoQuestions session, we hear from Kara Barron, Science and Outreach Manager at the Gila Watershed Partnership. How do individual plants and their communities respond to wildfire and how what does a future with more frequent wildfires look like? Join us!

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White Tank Mountains Flora Update

Jun 17, 2021

Join us for this update presentation on the plants of the White Tank Regional Park, compare results with the earlier study in 1973, and point out some areas where the current data indicate changes have/are occurring.

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Desert Defenders on iNaturalist

All Year

Help us find and map the top noxious weeds (invasive plant species) of concern for Central Arizona region using iNaturalist. We need you help! Join the Desert Defenders project.

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Technical Leads

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

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Protect & Connect

Love & Support