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Western Issues: Land & Water Conservation

Scientists, planners, researchers and other Sonoran Institute staff work on collaborative projects to conserve and protect land and water resources across Western North America.

Colorado River Delta Outreach & Restoration

The Sonoran Institute and partners are securing Colorado River stream flows as part of their work to restore Delta wetlands.

Growth and Land Use

Both small communities with “amenity” growth and fast-growing urban mega-regions are affecting regional economies in the West. The Sonoran Institute researches these impacts to help inform community decisions and public policies.

Morongo Basin Open Space Group

A group of 21 agencies and organizations is collaborating to protect the landscapes and open spaces of the Mojave Desert in southern California with assistance from the Sonoran Institute.

National Landscape Conservation System

The “crown jewels” of BLM land, NLCS comprises national monuments, wilderness areas, scenic rivers, and historic sites, including some of the last, best places to experience the American West. The Institute supports good management of these lands and the campaign to permanently protect them.

Public Lands

The Institute researches the changing roles of public lands in the West’s economy and how that affects the region’s prosperity.

Santa Cruz River

In an arid region, conserving river systems means reconciling competing demands and engaging local communities – the Sonoran Institute is pursuing these goals for the Santa Cruz River, a ribbon of life that connects the U.S. and Mexico.

State Trust Lands

The Institute works to broaden the range of land-use information, tools and policy options available to state trust managers and diverse stakeholders for the long-term, sustainable management of trust lands.