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Edgar Canyon - The San Pedro River at Edgar Canyon, approximately three miles south of the Pima/Pinal County line in northeastern Pima County.

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Land Trusts Merge to Protect Southern Arizona’s Land and Water. Arizona Open Land Trust (AOLT) and Southeast Arizona Land Trust (SEALT) today announced the merger of the two organizations under the name Arizona Land and Water Trust (ALWT). Arizona Land and Water Trust will continue the work of both organizations, protecting southern Arizona’s vanishing western landscapes, historic ranching traditions, and wildlife habitat. read more

On June 19th the Arizona Open Land Trust and Pima County announced the protection of 290 acres of Cochie Canyon in the Tortolita Mountains. This project is the culmination of several years of conversations between the landowner and the more

Arizona Open Land Trust On TV. From April 6th through April 12th to see Diana Freshwater of the Arizona Open Land Trust and Nicole Fyffe of the Pima County Administrator’s Office could be seen on Tucson’s “Local Matters” spotlighting our conservation successes and discuss the importance of protecting lands in southern Arizona. See the Video

Arizona Open Land Trust And Pima County Among Sunset Magazine's 2007 Top 10 Environmental Successes. Sunset magazine has awarded the Arizona Open Land Trust and Pima County one of its 2007 Environmental Awards for their work in preserving the Santa Lucia Ranch, a 10,000-acre working ranch in the Altar Valley. Sunset magazine gives this prestigious award annually to ten “Champions of the West” whose extraordinary conservation work, "won by complex public-private partnerships," has led to the preservation of “paradises.”

Arizona Open Land Trust Involved With Arizona Town Hall on Land Use
In November 2007, voters narrowly defeated dueling propositions on Arizona State Trust Land.  Representatives of the groups behind these propositions gathered with other state leaders to discuss what to do with state trust land and how best to manage land development in the face of a statewide population that is expected to double in 45 years. read more

Ranchers Dennis and Deborah Moroney Partner with Arizona Open Land Trust and Arizona Game and Fish Department to Protect Cochise County Ranch
Today the Arizona Open Land Trust announces the permanent protection of 960 acres of the 47 Ranch, a working ranch in the Hay Mountain Watershed in Cochise County. Bordering both Mexico and New Mexico, Cochise County has long and rich history, and, despite the proliferation of ranchettes, has remained largely rural, keeping much of its historic appeal and western character. 

Saving the Ranchlands
The Arizona Republic - Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Pima County Purchases Buckelew Farm
The Arizona Open Land Trust announced today the purchase and permanent protection of 505 acres of farmland and riparian habitat along the Brawley wash in the Altar Valley.  The $5.1 million deal, negotiated by the Arizona Open Land Trust and in partnership with Pima County, is funded by Pima County’s Sonoran Desert Open Space and Habitat Protection Bond approved by the citizens of Pima County in 2004.

Pima County Buys 6th Ranch
Arizona Daily Star - Sunday, September 3, 2006
Pima County has bought its sixth ranch using voter-approved open-space bonds: the Six-Bar Ranch in the San Pedro River Valley northeast of Tucson, for $11.6 million. Joe Goff, who has owned the 3,300-acre spread for 50 years, agreed to sell to the county after a private party approached him with an offer that could have led to the construction of 36-acre ranchettes, said the leader of a land trust that helped negotiate the county purchase.

Edgar Canyon's Important Riparian Area Protected
The Arizona Open Land Trust announced today the purchase and the permanent protection of 3,332 acres of priority conservation area and riparian habitat along Edgar Canyon.  Edgar Canyon is an important tributary to the San Pedro River (photo at right) in northeastern Pima County, joining the San Pedro three miles south of the Pinal County line and about 32 miles north of I-10 at Benson.

River Focus of Students' Project
Justyn Dillingham; Issue date: 6.14.06 Section: Heat Wave
Tucson has changed in the last 70 years. A 1930s photograph of the Santa
Cruz River's West Branch, provided by the Arizona Historical Society,
shows a lush, rolling land of green fields, cactus, a flowing river and
few signs of civilization in the Kachina Gallery as part of a special
exhibit called "Reviving the West Branch.

West Side Story Unfolding Sadly
Opinion by Sam Negri; Published: 06.18.2006
It's Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. A long shadow covers the eastern slope of "A" Mountain, a cone-shaped hill a mile west of Downtown Tucson. I'm sitting on a stone wall talking to a man named Joe, who says he lives in Sells.