2014 Annual Report


25 Years Strong, Shaping Our West

For over 25 years, Sonoran Institute has been a pioneer in efforts to unite and celebrate the best of Western culture, history, nature and urban spaces by making connections, seeking practical solutions and promoting long-term sustainability. View and download our 2014 Annual Report to see all that we've done up through 2014 and what we plan on doing as we move forward.

2040 Vision

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Strategic Framework

For the last 25 years, we have been successfully helping people in the West build the communities they want to live in while preserving the West that brought them here. Discover our vision for our next 25 years. 

Our Letter to You

Read our 2040 Vision 

Geographically focused on the arid West of the U.S. and northern Mexico, the Sonoran Institute engages in collaborative approaches to conservation issues such as growth, energy, climate change, land and water use, and public policy. The Institute works toward a vision of a West with healthy lands, resilient economies and vibrant communities where:

  • civil dialogue and collaboration are hallmarks of decision-making
  • conservation and prosperity go hand-in-hand
  • people and wildlife live in harmony
  • clean water, air and energy are assured


The Institute collaborates with citizens, officials, organizations and other partners to protect natural and cultural assets and quality of life in their unique landscapes and communities.

Northern Rockies

Projects in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming and home to the Institute’s Northern Rockies Legacy Program.


Projects in Colorado and our Western Colorado Legacy Program


Projects in Arizona and home to our Sun Corridor Legacy Program.

Colorado River Delta

Projects and home to our Colorado River Delta Legacy Program.


The Institute’s westwide work supports our regional programs while informing and contributing to conservation efforts across the West.

Policy Reform

The Institute promotes initiatives and reforms to give counties, communities and public-land managers tools, authority and funds to better manage growth, ensure sustainable resource use, and protect our natural heritage

Research & Tools

Scientists, economists, planners, and other Institute experts and partners develop sound information and analysis to assist decision-makers and citizens and to support the Institute’s work


Community-based training and follow-up to give local officials and engaged citizens information, skills and tools to successfully lead their communities through growth & change