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  • Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan comes alive in new video

    Dec 02, 2013 | Read More News
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    Many words have been written about the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, which Pima County developed to conserve its most important lands and resources while trying to balance the community’s growth.

    But a 30-minute video produced by Doug Canfield of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service eloquently captures the issues and extraordinary effort that produced the unprecedented plan.
    Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan
    It’s called “The Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan: Developing a Community” and you can watch it at

    The description that accompanies the video says:
    Pima County, Arizona, is one of the most biologically diverse and fastest growing counties in the U.S. This is the story of a diverse community that is working together to develop one of the most ambitious Habitat Conservation Plans in the country. Their goal is to save the Sonoran Desert from poorly planned growth while maintaining a strong economy.

    The video includes aerial photography of Pima County and interviews with a variety of people who played key roles in the development of the plan including the late Maeveen Behan, who as director of the County Office of Conservation Science (now the Office of Sustainability and Conservation), became the architect of the plan; County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry; Julia Fonseca and Brian Powell of the County Office of Sustainability and Conservation; former Arizona governor and U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt; Carolyn Campbell of the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection; Scott Richardson and Mima Falk of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and rancher Mac Donaldson.

    The video is dedicated to the memory of Maeveen Behan.