Central Arizona Land Trust

Central Arizona Land Trust The mission of the Central Arizona Land Trust (CALT) is to preserve and protect open space, wildlife habitat, and the scenic and cultural values of central and northern Arizona for future generations.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Becky Ruffner, President
Judy Clapp, acting Vice-President
Patricia Bruneau-Gaber, Treasurer
Diana Kessler
Ken Jordan

Conservation Specialist
Matt Turner

Operating as usual

Some good news for our future from the AZ Legislature:
07/14/2021
Heritage Fund – Arizona Heritage Alliance

Some good news for our future from the AZ Legislature:

Funding Restored for Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund July 8, 2021July 8, 2021 by azheritage2 On June 30, 2021 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed the state budget for Fiscal Year 2022 , including $5 million to fund the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund. The State Parks Heritage Fund was restored in...

Cast your vote for our local Prescott Farmer's Market with the Farmland Trust and help them win $2500!
07/09/2021
Prescott Farmers Market

Cast your vote for our local Prescott Farmer's Market with the Farmland Trust and help them win $2500!

See your neighbors. Meet your farmers. Know your food.” The Prescott Farmers Market takes place Saturdays at 900 Iron Springs Road (Dignity Health, YRMC Miller Valley lot at Iron Springs/Miller Valley). PFM hosts local farmers, ranchers and food and craft vendors each week. Customers can find fres...

Very interesting blog post about legislation to protect conservation easements and encourage conservation!
06/27/2021
Let's safeguard taxpayers and encourage conservation

Very interesting blog post about legislation to protect conservation easements and encourage conservation!

The Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act — legislation that would halt abuse in the federal conservation easement program — was reintroduced today in Congress.

The cover story in our last newsletter (posted May 19 on this page) spoke to conserving farmland in AZ. Blue Sky Organic...
06/18/2021
Land Search Update from Blue Sky Farm — Good Food Finder

The cover story in our last newsletter (posted May 19 on this page) spoke to conserving farmland in AZ. Blue Sky Organic Farms, a local grower located in Maricopa County, was briefly mentioned in the article. We were recently provided information about their success in leasing new land to continue their operations, which was in jeopardy of shutting down. The link below speaks to acquiring the new land, the difficulties in relocating the farm from one place to another, and preparing fallow fields for crop production by this fall. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to generate funds to help with the hard costs of the move.

After an exhausting multi-year search, we’re ecstatic to share that Blue Sky Organic Farm has found land to replace the leased acreage that they are losing this summer due to a housing development being built on it. Farmer David Vose and farm manager Sara Dolan have found 40 acres of good farmland

Have you heard all the Brood X cicada buzz (pun intended)? We are no strangers to cicadas here in Central AZ. Our friend...
06/14/2021
Follow Me Down the Brood X Tunnel: A Reading List - Cool Green Science

Have you heard all the Brood X cicada buzz (pun intended)? We are no strangers to cicadas here in Central AZ. Our friends over at nature.org have geeked out on all things cicadas and you can follow them down the cicada hole here. Very interesting!

Wondering what all the Brood X Periodic Cicada fuss in the U.S. is about? Have questions? One of the stories here probably has the answers.

CALT WELCOMES SHARMA TORRENS AS OUR NEW CONSERVATION SPECIALIST!Sharma Torrens has joined the Central Arizona Land Trust...
06/11/2021
What is a Conservation Specialist anyway?

CALT WELCOMES SHARMA TORRENS AS OUR NEW CONSERVATION SPECIALIST!

Sharma Torrens has joined the Central Arizona Land Trust to further its land conservation work in Arizona’s six northern counties. She brings extensive experience in sustainable agriculture, conservation easements, and natural resources conservation.

Read more about Sharma by following the link below:

Sharma Torrens has joined the Central Arizona Land Trust to further its land conservation work in Arizona’s six northern counties. She brings extensive experience in sustainable agriculture, conservation easements, and natural resources conservation. In her prior role with the Arizona Land and Wat...

Some great news for AZ from our friends at Arizona Land and Water Trust!
06/08/2021
Trust Buys Land for Preservation as Farmland, Wildlife Route

Some great news for AZ from our friends at Arizona Land and Water Trust!

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An historic, creek-side farm once targeted for residential development will be preserved instead as an agricultural and ecological oasis 40 miles south of Tucson.

Farming is an important part of Arizona. Small farmers carry a heavy load. The Small Farm Consortium workshops hope to e...
05/27/2021
Small-scale Farmer's Colloquium, 2021

Farming is an important part of Arizona. Small farmers carry a heavy load. The Small Farm Consortium workshops hope to easy that burden with knowledge. CALT's recent newsletter features an article on farmland conservation and we are looking at our very first small farm conservation easement. Learn more and attend these virtual workshops for free.

Primary tabsView (active tab) Repeats Small-scale Farmer's Colloquium, 2021 Yavapai and Coconino Counties The Small-scale Farmer's Colloquium (SFC) is a free monthly meeting for small-scale farmers to discuss, connect, and learn from one another and expert faculty members who will guide them with sc...

Wondering about water and arid lands? An incredible opportunity to hear from researchers around the world today through ...
05/24/2021
Addressing the Grand Challenges of Arid Lands Research, Education, and Engagement

Wondering about water and arid lands? An incredible opportunity to hear from researchers around the world today through Wednesday through the International Arid Lands Consortium (IALC) virtual conference.

Here's their mission: A key goal of the conference is to underscore the value of the IALC mission: promoting peace through collaborative research and demonstration projects in the arid lands of the world. Keynote presentations and panel discussions will emphasize the broader value of collaborative-multinational research and problem-solving to address issues that confront the sustainable use and management of arid lands globally.

And Free. Check it out!

To commemorate 30 years of collaboration on arid lands issues, the International Arid Lands Consortium (IALC) is hosting a three-day international conference on arid lands. Convened virtually on 24-26 May 2021, the conference will celebrate IALC collaborative research and demonstration projects and....

05/19/2021
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Extra, extra, read all about it. Or some of it anyway.... our spring newsletter is out! If you haven't gotten yours in the mail, follow the link below for a PDF. All the land conservation that's fit to print!

05/10/2021
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30 X 30, the details are emerging....locally led efforts to conserve and restore the land and water we all depend on. No, it's not a land grab by the government, it's up to us. Read more here...

Wondering about water resources as you read the articles about the Colorado River reduction? Dive into the the state of ...
05/01/2021
News | Arizona WaterFacts

Wondering about water resources as you read the articles about the Colorado River reduction? Dive into the the state of water here in AZ through this link. Land conservation can play a critical role in the water system, particularly in our local Verde Valley.

Do you hear the spring birds out there? Here's a lovely video by our friends at the Natural History Institute about why ...
04/27/2021
FALLING IN LOVE WITH BIRDS

Do you hear the spring birds out there? Here's a lovely video by our friends at the Natural History Institute about why a lot of folks love birds. Thanks Tom or helping us appreciate the natural world! https://youtu.be/ci0Afn9kCzU

Follow Tom Fleischner in the field as he explains his love for birds while introducing you to some of the birds found in the Mogollon Highlands.

Happy earth day and big thanks to Charlotte Thomas for donating CALT's day sponsorship on KNAU! And while April 22 has b...
04/22/2021

Happy earth day and big thanks to Charlotte Thomas for donating CALT's day sponsorship on KNAU! And while April 22 has been officially designated as Earth Day since 1970, the world is increasingly coming together to create a healthier planet, each day of the week. Learn more at https://www.earthday.org/

Happy earth day and big thanks to Charlotte Thomas for donating CALT's day sponsorship on KNAU! And while April 22 has been officially designated as Earth Day since 1970, the world is increasingly coming together to create a healthier planet, each day of the week. Learn more at https://www.earthday.org/

CALT applauds President Biden's executive order calling for conservation of 30% of the U.S. land base by 2030. Learn mor...
04/20/2021
30x30 and the Alliance

CALT applauds President Biden's executive order calling for conservation of 30% of the U.S. land base by 2030. Learn more by visiting the link below.
https://www.landtrustalliance.org/30x30

President Biden’s executive order committing to the conservation of 30 percent of U.S. lands and oceans by 2030 is an ambitious call to action for the land conservation community. Our community has an important role to play, so we must rise to the challenge. The executive order recognizes the impo...

Family birding week is coming 4/17-24, time to get out and do some citizen science about birds in our area... while you ...
04/10/2021

Family birding week is coming 4/17-24, time to get out and do some citizen science about birds in our area... while you are at the Dells, check out CALT's Payne easement or take a walk at Boyle Debusk and enjoy our feathered friends. Visit www.centralazlandtrust.org for information on these properties.

Thanks to everyone who supported CALT and the many great non-profits in AZ during AZ Gives day yesterday. (photo by Matt...
04/07/2021

Thanks to everyone who supported CALT and the many great non-profits in AZ during AZ Gives day yesterday. (photo by Matt Turner)

Thanks to everyone who supported CALT and the many great non-profits in AZ during AZ Gives day yesterday. (photo by Matt Turner)

Get a jump on AZ Gives and make your donation today. I did! Join me in supporting CALT's work. There's some exciting BIG...
04/05/2021

Get a jump on AZ Gives and make your donation today. I did! Join me in supporting CALT's work. There's some exciting BIG work coming up this year and every dollar you contribute goes to saving the landscapes you love. Every dollar counts. Thank you! https://www.azgives.org/CentralArizonaLandTrust

Get a jump on AZ Gives and make your donation today. I did! Join me in supporting CALT's work. There's some exciting BIG work coming up this year and every dollar you contribute goes to saving the landscapes you love. Every dollar counts. Thank you! https://www.azgives.org/CentralArizonaLandTrust

Straight from the Rancher's mouth, the Haverfield's story about buying their dream ranch, complete with a conservation e...
03/30/2021
Conserving the lifestyle and heritage of ranching

Straight from the Rancher's mouth, the Haverfield's story about buying their dream ranch, complete with a conservation easement.

The Haverfield family found their dream ranch in Skull Valley, AZ. Part of this spectacular ranch is conserved in perpetuity by a conservation easement, mean...

03/23/2021

Happy National Ag Day! Today and every day, we thank America's farmers, ranchers, researchers, educators, and laborers for keeping our communities nourished and healthy –
because food brings everyone to the table!

03/16/2021
Are you curious about how other Westerners feel about conservation, climate change, public lands and more? Then take a l...
02/22/2021
2021 Poll Results - Colorado College

Are you curious about how other Westerners feel about conservation, climate change, public lands and more? Then take a look at Colorado College's Conservation in the West poll. You can drill down to each state and compare over 10 plus years of conducting this poll. Interesting and surprising...

Zion National Park in southwestern Utah is one of the national parks most plagued by overcrowding. Taken on a rainy day in March 2019, fog inhibits the view of a valley that is often the site of heavy traffic and tourists attempting to visit the colossal rock walls. While the designation of a nation...

How do you insure an organization will be around forever to monitor the conservation easements it creates? Accreditation...
02/18/2021
The Value of Accreditation

How do you insure an organization will be around forever to monitor the conservation easements it creates? Accreditation helps build and keep land trusts strong. Right now CALT is going through re-accreditation, a process that takes time and resources. To learn more about the value of this accreditation effort to our supporters, check out these testimonies from other land trusts.

Land trust leaders speak to how accreditation has helped their organizations grow and thrive.

Big things are brewing land protection wise at CALT. Stay tuned in the coming months for more info.
02/13/2021

Big things are brewing land protection wise at CALT. Stay tuned in the coming months for more info.

Big things are brewing land protection wise at CALT. Stay tuned in the coming months for more info.

Central Arizona is known for sweeping landscapes which can be hard to capture. Here's a great article about CALT's own M...
02/09/2021
Matt Turner: Giving Voice to the Landscape

Central Arizona is known for sweeping landscapes which can be hard to capture. Here's a great article about CALT's own Matt Turner and how he does it so well.

A deep understanding of the natural world underpins glorious landscapes of central Arizona. by Erica Ryberg On a stormy evening in the August before Covid, Matt Turner packed up 40 pounds of photography gear and headed out into rough country west of Prescott to take some pictures. In planning this o...

How can we conserve enough land and resources to make sure future generations have what they need?
02/03/2021
An audacious and timely conservation challenge

How can we conserve enough land and resources to make sure future generations have what they need?

We should all applaud President Biden's executive order calling for conservation of 30% of the U.S. land base by 2030. This bold "30x30" vision is firmly rooted in science, given that protected land is key to a healthy and secure future for all Americans.

02/02/2021

How will you celebrate World Wetlands day? Everyday we can celebrate the amazing biodiversity that our Verde, Agua Fria, and Colorado rivers bring to Central AZ along the many streams and lakes.
https://www.worldwetlandsday.org/

How can we understand the natural history of these landscapes we love (and CALT helps protect)? Here in Central Arizona ...
01/28/2021
Species Interactions: Friends, Enemies, Dinner, and Whatever

How can we understand the natural history of these landscapes we love (and CALT helps protect)? Here in Central Arizona we are bless with the Natural History Institute offering excellent resources to learn from the comfort of our own homes (and out in the field when it's safe to do so!) Check out their Notes from the Field series on YouTube and learn about fire, water, bees and so much more. Thanks NHI!

Join Bob Ellis at the Hassayampa River Preserve to explore the five big categories of species interactions. This is a fantastic location where species abund...

Let's here it for precipitation! And more to come. A break to this record-breaking drought.
01/24/2021

Let's here it for precipitation! And more to come. A break to this record-breaking drought.

Let's here it for precipitation! And more to come. A break to this record-breaking drought.

Our congratulations to our newest board member, Brenda on this honor from Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce!  Thanks for be...
01/22/2021

Our congratulations to our newest board member, Brenda on this honor from Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce! Thanks for being our new treasurer, Brenda!

In appreciation of her exceptional leadership, community service, integrity, and distinguished achievements for the betterment of our community. Wickenburg Chamber 2020 Woman of the Year:
Brenda Hershkowitz

01/01/2021

Happy New Year from CALT!

A big thanks to those of you who supported us throughout 2020 and particularly to those of you who made a year-end contribution; our work is sustained by you. Our plate is full for 2021, with Land Trust Alliance re-accreditation now in process, numerous projects that will be either completed or started, and much more. Stay tuned!

Orme Ranch Forever
12/23/2020

Orme Ranch Forever

Thanks to all of the Orme Ranch Forever supporters who gave so generously to the Biophilia Challenge. Because of You, the Central AZ Land Trust has met the Biophilia Foundation Challenge ahead of the deadline!

Your gift to Orme Ranch Forever will protect 900 acres of the Ranch, including 4.5 miles of Ash Creek, a perennial tributary to the Agua Fria River, contained within the conservation easement. This riparian corridor provides a rare perennial water resource and is an important habitat for native fish and wildlife and has been identified as proposed critical habitat for the federally threatened Yellow-billed Cuckoo. The Arizona Game and Fish Department estimated that the Ash Creek corridor could provide habitat for 50 Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

The Orme Ranch Forever Campaign continues into the final stretch to permanently protect the Ranch and it's land and water resources in 2021. Make your donation today at www.centralazlandtrust.org.

The Biophilia Foundation website www.biophiliafoundation.org.

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This is kinda fun, I just got an email from Amazon smile that my purchases raised about $50 for CALT and that Amazon Smile has raised about $300 for CALT this quarter. Every little bit helps protect these AZ landscapes that we love! Thanks to everyone who's helping with Amazon Smile, we don't know who you are but we are grateful for your support.
Take a hike on the land you helped protect right off White Spar road. This property is owned by the City of Prescott and CALT holds the conservation easement protecting it for future generations to enjoy. Go to our website for information and directions. https://www.centralazlandtrust.org/project-page
We hope you are enjoying some quiet time in our beautiful AZ landscapes during this sweet time before the new year... The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
On a chilly Saturday in 1989, Nancy Currier invited a few like-minded folks to her realty office on Cortez, to see if we could find a way to save Thumb Butte. Much to everyone's surprise, a bulldozer had just carved out a homesite at the base of Prescott's iconic landmark. The community was in shock, as we all came to the realization what was assumed to be US Forest Service, was in fact private property. On that day, our small group embraced the notion that what the situation called for was the creation of a local land trust, through which funds could be raised to purchase lots on Thumb Butte bordering the national forest. The Central Arizona Land Trust was incorporated, property owners were contacted, negotiations began, and funds raised were matched dollar for dollar by the City of Prescott. Today the 'scar' is barely visible, as native vegetation planted there slowly reaches full maturity. Your local land trust is now 31 years old, and working with willing land owners all over northern and central Arizona to save the places we all love! Thank you Nancy Currier for believing a small group of people can save the world! RIP
I have tried to use your website's "Contact Us" form. I pass the "not a robot" quiz, but get message that website not found. I have now sent message via FB message. Ah, technology.....