Arizona Land and Water Trust has moved to a larger office at 2810 N. Alvernon Way, Ste. 600 – the northeast corner of Alvernon Way and Glenn Street.
The move more than doubles the nonprofit organization’s space – to 2,100 square feet from about 900 square feet it has occupied since 2004 at 3127 N. Cherry Ave., on the grounds of The Nature Conservancy’s Tucson office.
“We thank our donors, grant-making foundations and agency partners for their support that has made this move possible. It allows us to hire three more staff members – a deputy director, development director and administrative assistant – and grow our staff from six to nine.
“We are also very grateful to The Nature Conservancy for providing an economical space to the Trust for so many years to conduct and expand our work protecting farms and ranchland, wildlife habitats and waterways in Southern Arizona,” said Trust Executive Director Liz Petterson.
“There are many opportunities for the Trust to work with willing private landowners and public agencies to preserve Southern Arizona’s vanishing western landscapes. Our expanded staff will enable the Trust to do more of the work we have done for the past 40 years.
“It’s additionally exciting to make this move and grow our effort during our 40th anniversary year.”
Since 1978, the Trust has helped protect nearly 50,000 acres of ranchland, farms and wildlife habitat in Southern Arizona, including Canoa Ranch, Buckelew Farm, Cienega Creek Natural Preserve and 12,000 acres of working landscapes surrounding Fort Huachuca.
As Arizona’s only water trust, the Trust has secured 2,530 acre-feet of water for the environment along the Gila and San Pedro rivers since its Desert Rivers Program was launched 10 years ago. The program works to sustain ranching and farming while also restoring surface water flows to dry river and stream systems.
In 2016, the national Land Trust Alliance singled out the Trust from over 1,100 land trusts across the country to receive the National Land Trust Excellence Award. The Trust was the first land trust in the continental west to receive the award.