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On April 26th, President Trump signed an executive order attempting to eliminate or shrink parks and monuments that have been protected by our presidents in recent decades, including Sonoran Desert National Monument here in Arizona as well as the incredible Bears Ears National Monument which protects over 100,000 irreplaceable archaeological and cultural sites and 26 other […] Learn more
BLM Arizona is hosting three public scoping meetings in order to revise the recreational target shooting portion of their Resource Management Plan for Sonoran Desert National Monument to comply with a recent court order. Your involvement in this process is critical to ensuring that BLM develops a plan that stays true to their own analysis […] Learn more
GOOD NEWS for the saguaros, desert tortoises, and petroglyphs of Sonoran Desert National Monument! A US District Court ruled today against the BLM’s management plan, which continued to allow destructive target shooting in the Monument in spite of its own data and analysis showing irreparable damage to protected resources. Celebrate with us with a donation […] Learn more
BLM is soliciting public comments as it prepares a new management plan for the Harquahala Mountains Wilderness Area and the surrounding BLM lands northwest of Phoenix, including the Harquahala Mountain Scenic Byway and Harquahala Peak Smithsonian Observatory. This is your opportunity to weigh in on how you would like to see the area managed, what […] Learn more
We’re looking to upgrade our social media presence and need a volunteer or two to help us pull it all together. Successful volunteers will need to be comfortable with web searches, data management, and be a regular social media user, particularly facebook, twitter, and/or instagram. Volunteers will help research background information, establish a social media […] Learn more
EDIT:  This just in…an anonymous donor will match any donation received before midnight of New Year’s Day. That means that your contribution will have TWICE the impact—but only if we receive your gift by the deadline. So act now to help protect the Sonoran Desert National Monument! We’re taking a brief pause during the busy holiday season to […] Learn more
Black Friday, Cyber Monday… After two days of shopping, #GivingTuesday is a day to give back. On Monday, December 2nd, please consider making a gift to the Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument. It’s a simple but powerful act, and we promise it’ll give you more warm fuzzies than buying that half-price tv. As […] Learn more
The Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument will be participating with the Conservation Lands Foundation in promoting the On Equal Ground program. Basically this is a project that is working to influence President Obama to permanently protect the same amount of public land, acre for acre, which has been leased to gas and oil […] Learn more
Amphibians throughout the world are being threatened by climate change, drought, disease and poor land management decisions. Furthermore we just do not know enough about this Class of animals and more research needs to be done. Worldwide amphibian numbers have plummeted, but there is some hope and one bright spot for at least seven species […] Learn more
The Sierra Club (SC) and the Western Watersheds Project (WWP) have filed a lawsuit protesting the BLM’s decision to continue allowing livestock grazing on the Sonoran Desert National Monument (SDNM). I believe there is merit in the lawsuit, but the Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument (FSDNM) did not join in the suit. The […] Learn more

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