Welcome to the Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument’s (FSDNM) first of many newsletters that will inform you about what is going on at the Sonoran Desert National Monument (SDNM) and how you can help protect and enjoy the cultural and natural resources on the monument.
The mission of the FSDNM is to protect the natural and cultural resources in the SDNM and defend against external activities that may adversely affect the monument. We were formed in 2009 and in 2010 the FSDNM was recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization for the purpose of fulfilling its mission.
The SDNM is a nearly 500,000-acre preserve containing Sonoran desert habitat. Most of the SDNM is in pretty good ecological condition, but there are areas that have suffered from drought, unsustainable grazing practices, irresponsible off road vehicle use, vandalism, illegal dumping and criminal activities such as smuggling narcotics and undocumented aliens.
The FSDNM is an organization composed of people who love the Sonoran desert and are willing to take a leading role in guiding the management of the SDNM so that land will be healthy for current and future plants, animals and people. Aldo Leopold said it best, “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”
FSDNM newsletters will be filled with information on the natural and cultural history of the SDNM as well as information about issues critical to the SDNM.
This spring, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be releasing a Draft Resource Management Plan (DRMP) for the SDNM. We will keep you updated on all the issues facing the SDNM as well as announcing times and locations of important public meetings where citizen involvement is crucial to help develop the best management plan.