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With broad collaboration and a sound, science-based conservation plan, the Trust has protected over 39,000 acres of southern Arizona’s finest parkland, streams, and working farms and ranches since 1978.

The Arizona Land and Water Trust protects diverse landscapes and wildlife habitat throughout southern Arizona including desert and riparian areas, grasslands and mountains.  We work with private landowners and communities to protect land with important natural and cultural resources, to expand existing protected areas and keep working agricultural landscapes intact.

With more than 60 percent of threatened and endangered species in the U.S. found on private lands, the interface with willing landowners is even more important.  Private lands are host to important habitat including native grasses, riparian areas and streams, and forests and wooded areas.  And because Arizona’s remaining open landscapes and agricultural lands are facing unprecedented development pressure so too are the critical remaining habitats that co-exist with agricultural operations that often span mountain, grasslands, stream and desert – the land we protect.

 

Name
Project Area
Acreage
Class
Fee Acquisitions      
Los Morteros North Tucson Mountains
43
Desert Mountain
Matesich Camino de Oeste
4
Desert Mountain
Serr Camino de Oeste
10
Desert Mountain
Whitaker Camino de Oeste
10
Desert Mountain
Rios Gates Pass
42
Desert Mountain
Jacobs Trust 36th Street Corridor
80
Desert Mountain
Robles Pass Tucson Mountain Park
862
Desert Mountain
Carpenter Tortolita Mountain Park
260
Desert Mountain
Cochie Canyon Tortolita Mountains
290
Desert Mountain
Santa Lucia/Rancho Seco Altar Valley
10,052
Grassland
Buckelew Family Lands Altar Valley
500
Grassland
Culling Arivaca
8
Grassland
Scheer Arivaca
123
Grassland
Sands Ranch Sonoita Grasslands
5,040
Grassland
Canoa Ranch Santa Cruz River
1,477
Riparian
Buckelew Farms Altar Valley
504
Riparian
Madera Highlands Altar Valley
366
Riparian
Baker Agua Verde Creek
155
Riparian
Poteet Agua Verde Creek
83
Riparian
Portal Chiricahua Mountains
2
Riparian
Belvedere 36th Street Corridor
72
Riparian
Mordka Avra Valley
40
Riparian
Bee Avra Valley
120
Riparian
Six Bar Ranch Edgar Canyon
3,332
Riparian
Milagrosa Canyon (donated) Rincon Mountains
27
Riparian
Sopori Ranch Santa Cruz River Valley
4,135
Riparian
Brawley Wash/Leal Altar Valley
62.35
Riparian
Empirita Ranch Cienega Creek
2,700
Grassland
Bloom Property
160
Cortaro-Hartman Property
50
Clyne Ranch Southeast Corridor
880
Grassland
Tanque Verde Houghton (Metz) Agua Caliente
78
Riparian
   
31,567
 
       
Easements      
Furrow Rillito River
15
Desert Mountain
Crescent Ridge Tortolita Foothills
28
Desert Mountain
Huggett Catalina Mountains
220
Desert Mountain
Lazy J-2 San Rafael Valley
936
Grassland
Jelks Babacomari River
1,000
Grassland
O-O Ranch Sulphur Springs Valley
2,300
Grassland
Middleton Ranch Co. Arivaca
47
Grassland
262 Ranch San Rafael Valley
153
Grassland
Collins Ranch Sonoita Area
30
Grassland
Greene Property Chiricahua Mountains
30
Grassland
Poco Toro Ranch San Rafael Valley
40
Grassland
47 Ranch Mule Mountains
960
Grassland
High Haven Ranch Sonoita Area
105
Grassland
Jelks - Mesa Pasture Babacomari River
600
Grassland
Sandhill Farm Whitewater Draw
1,000
Wetland/Grassland
   
7,464
 
       
TOTAL PERMANENT LAND PROTECTION
39,031