Imagine taking in the desert scenery alongside the Sonoran Desert National Monument on the way to the spectacular North Maricopa Mountain Wilderness Area. As you drive further, you start to see the landscape marred by piles of trash, broken appliances and shattered computer monitors and television sets. Cactus and trees are blown apart by target shooters, and rock art and boulders are covered in graffiti by vandals.
And all of this on land that you and I were meant to enjoy and cherish.
Unfortunately, this scenario is real, and is happening far too often. Our incredible public lands are increasingly being used as dumping grounds and shooting ranges. But there’s hope – and this is where the Friends of Sonoran Desert National Monument are playing a critical role…and you can join us by donating today. The Conservation Lands Foundation has generously offered us a $10,000 Matching Challenge grant. They will match your donation dollar for dollar.
As a local, community partner, advocate, and steward of this special place, the Friends of Sonoran Desert National Monument are working to assure that the Monument and surrounding areas are cared for and safe for everyone to enjoy. In this effort, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for managing the Monument under the guidelines set for National Conservation Lands, focusing primarily on conservation while still allowing for other compatible uses. The Friends are working with the BLM to make sure this happens. But the challenges are great.
Vandalism, dumping, reckless target shooting irresponsible off highway vehicle use and illegal smuggling activities are damaging this incredible landscape, threatening the ecology, wildlife, and natural and cultural integrity of the Monument. Protecting these resources is just one of many priorities of Friends of Sonoran Desert National Monument. Other priorities include:
These are just some of the ways we’re working to preserve the Sonoran Desert National Monument.
But we can’t do it alone. We need people like you to join us in this amazing quest. By giving your talent, your time, your passion, and financial support, you can be an integral part of leaving a priceless legacy for future generations.
And right now your gift to Friends of Sonoran Desert National Monument will have double the impact. The Conservation Lands Foundation has generously offered us a $10,000 Matching Challenge grant. For every dollar that we raise, they will match that donation.
We need less than $3,000 to reach our match goal of $10,000, and you can help us cross the finish line!
Your gift of $50, $100, or whatever is right for you, will help us continue stewarding and championing the Sonoran Desert National Monument. And it will be doubled!
Thank you for partnering with us this year.
FSDNM Board President