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  • Supervisor Valadez participating in military facilities community forum

    Aug 24, 2015 | Read More News
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    supervisor valadezPima County District 2 Supervisor Ramón Valadez will participate in a Sonoran Institute community forum at 6 p.m., Aug. 25, at the Tucson Midtown Police Station, 1100 S. Alvernon Way.

    The forum is part of a series of meetings the institute is hosting across the state discussing the results of its report about the importance of protecting U.S. military installations in Arizona from encroachment and the preservation of public lands near military installations.

    Supervisor Valadez and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will kickoff the forum, which will include a discussion panel consisting of Pima County Planning Director Arlan Colton, Tucson Principle Planner Carolyn Laurie, former Deputy Secretary of the Air Force Fred Pease, Glen Dickens from the Arizona Wildlife Federation, and Mike Quigley from the Wilderness Society.

    The major finding of the report says:
    “This study affirms that the United States Department of Defense sites in Arizona have been proactive in facilitating natural resource management and mitigating encroachment risks both on and off military bases. Consequently, the military in Arizona have proven to be exemplary stewards of the natural landscape. We find that Arizona’s military installations are increasingly affected by encroachment situations resulting from decisions made outside of the control of the DOD.”

    Supervisor Valadez is a strong supporter of Davis Monthan Air Force Base and the other, smaller military installations in Pima County. Protecting the county’s military bases is major component of the county’s Economic Development Plan, which Supervisor Valadez and three other members of the Board of Supervisors voted to adopt earlier this month. 

    The forum is open to the public but registration is required. To register, go to www.sonoraninstitute.org.