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How to Help

Your donation will help fund our work to conserve and protect the Sonoran Desert. Please send us a message if you would like to select the program you wish your donation to fund:  advocacy, science, or stewardship. With a donation of $75 or more, you will receive a free copy of our fabulous new book, The Astonishing, Astounding, Amazing Sonoran Desert.

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ADVOCACY

We are in the fight of our lives to save the Sonoran Desert. Laws have been waived that protect our environment, funds meant to provide for the needs of our military have been commandeered from the Department of Defense, and Congress’s decision to limit funding for a new border wall has been ignored. Perhaps of most concern is that laws requiring the government to solicit citizen input concerning projects on public lands have been voided. Your donation will fund our efforts to prevent the construction of a wall that will bisect vital desert parks, reserves, and refuges (such as the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, and the San Pedro Conservation Area) that sustain wildlife, Native American tribes, and border communities.

SCIENCE

FRIENDS OF THE SONORAN DESERT has compiled the Sonoran Desert Conservation References to enhance our efforts to influence the conservation and protection of the Sonoran Desert. This resource contains the most current information about how border barriers impact wildlife and their movements, the importance of protecting all waters in the desert including intermittently flowing streams, the threats to Sonoran Desert animals, plants, and soils, the impact of invasive species, and the special issues around wildfire in the desert. Our references  are available on our website to all who wish to use them--the general public, conservation activists, and environmental attorneys.

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STEWARDSHIP

Our stewardship efforts have been applied in multiple areas. First, we have provided the Border Patrol and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with countless documents to educate both personnel and visitors to public lands about the conservation of the Sonoran Desert. Second, we have organized and hosted public and private meetings with officials from federal land management agencies to secure better stewardship. Third, we are working with colleagues and Arizona State government officials to identify stewardship initiatives for Sonoran Desert waters. Fourth, we are joining with other conservation organizations to fight projects that have the potential to harm local parks and refuges. Our most recent triumph was helping to protect the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge from a commercial construction project that could have negatively impacted this refuge.

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