World Nature Conservation Day is an opportunity to celebrate the precious resources our planet provides for us. This day highlights the need to expand conservation efforts, and honor those already in place. Home to many unique and brilliant places, sunny Arizona shines in many areas of conserving our pristine wilderness. With so many great areas to explore, it is vital that Arizona as a whole takes action in protecting and preserving our environment as much as possible. Today, we’re celebrating some of the great efforts to conserve our beautiful wilderness and precious resources.
Living in a desert comes with many obstacles, especially when it comes our most scarce resource: water. How we will continue to thrive in this unique ecosystem will largely depend on our water conservation efforts. The Nature Conservancy has been a part of Arizona’s conservation efforts for a long time. One of their most notable projects is the Arizona Salt and Verde Alliance, which is dedicated to acquiring sustainable and reliable funding for water conservation projects now and in the future. As part of the Colorado River Basin, the Salt and Verde rivers provide many Arizonans with the water they use daily. The overuse of water now may bring water security issues in the future. The Arizona Salt and Verde Alliance aims to promote partnerships, community action, awareness, and sustainable solutions. Securing our water today will ensure a healthy future for our economy, agriculture and general well-being tomorrow.
Arizona is home to the largest contiguous Ponderosa pine forest in the world. This provides a place to thrive for many of our unique wildlife species. The Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership is a great example of how humans can be a vital component of preservation and conservation. Their main goal is to create sustainable solutions for the forests to create and preserve an ecosystem that functions properly. A beautiful yet fragile place to live, the Ponderosa pine forest needs careful attention to restore it back to full functionality. This is why the Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership focuses on collaborative efforts, outreach and education, sustainable wood use, and proper monitoring of our effect on this ecosystem.
The Sonoran Desert is the second most diverse ecosystem in the world. As urban sprawl continues, wildlife is constantly being threatened. Finding ways to live in harmony with this ecosystem will help maintain its beauty and function. In Scottsdale, Arizona The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center rescues and rehabilitates animals affected by human contact. They also focus on the importance of learning about these creatures to better ensure a healthy future for us all. Maintaining a flourishing local fauna is an important component to the health and wealth of our landscapes. It is critical for us to coexist with our native wildlife. Not only are these animals beautiful, they are necessary to our complex ecosystem. Appreciating and respecting our wildlife will secure our resources and help maintain a healthy system that can support us now and in the future.
Organizations like the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter have various ways to get involved and take meaningful action across the state. Click here to learn more and find out what they are doing in your area!
These are just a few examples of efforts across our state promoting a more sustainable Arizona for generations to come. It will take everyone working together today to ensure we can still enjoy this wonderful place we call home tomorrow.
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