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 

Contacts - Southwest

Ian Dowdy
Sun Corridor Legacy Program
Program Director

602-393-4310 ext. 308

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Home Where We Work Arizona

The Sonoran Institute traces its roots to the Southwest’s arid lands and fragile Sonoran Desert where it began working more than 15 years ago to bring about lasting conservation and prosperity to local communities. The Institute’s multi-faceted, long-term efforts in this area – dominated today by Arizona’s burgeoning Sun Corridor – seek to promote regional solutions to balancing rapid growth with the need for open space and creating sustainable water and energy sources for future generations.

Learn more about our work in the Southwest:

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Sun Corridor Legacy Program 



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Livable Communities Coalition

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Sonoran Desert Heritage


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News & Updates

Public news service credit City of GoodyearApril 29, 2013 - Bill to Benefit AZ Wildlife, Military introduced by Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva. Hear the story about HR 1799 on Public News Service. Download HR 1799.



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April 24, 2013 - Report Calls for Increased Protection of Lands near Arizona's Military Facilities. A new report by the Sonoran Institute and the Arizona Wilderness Coalition analyzes the critical relationship between land use and military installations in western Maricopa County and how conservation can help sustain Arizona's $9 billion military industry.

Read the Press Release (PDF)

Download the report (PDF)


IanHorizon SDHAugust 2012 - Ted Simons of Arizona Horizon Interviews Ian Dowdy on the Sonoran Desert Heritage Proposal.


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