Contacts - Southwest

Ian Dowdy
Sun Corridor Legacy Program
Program Director

602-393-4310 ext. 308

New Bill

Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-Dist. 3) has introduced HR 1799, which seeks to preserve critical tracts west of Phoenix that serve as important wildlife and recreation areas, safeguard the viability of Luke Air Force Base and the Barry M. Goldwater Range, and protect environmental amenities to boost economic opportunities for West Valley communities. Download HR 1799.

Publications - Sun Corridor Legacy

The Art of the Deal: Crafting Smart State Trust Land Exchanges in Arizona

the_art_of_the_deal_cover_thumbnailA study of the current processes available for state trust land exchanges in Arizona, featuring case studies and recommendations on how to improve the overall process to maximize trust returns and develop a mechanism to release trapped value of isolated lands through exchange.

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Wires, Roads, and Water: Developing Sustainable Infrastructure on State Trust Land 

wires_roads_and_water_cover_thumbnailA detailed look at reasons planning for infrasturcture on state trust land in advance of development is necessary and options to make it possible in Arizona.

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The Quarrel Between Past and Present: The Economics of Reforming Arizona's Century Old State Trust Land Rules

quarrel_between_past_and_present_final_thumbnailA comprehensive report anaylizing the history of state trust land and how the current management regulations keep the Arizona State Land Department from moving into the 21st century.

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Routes, Rails, and Roads: Transportation Infrastructure Development on State Trust Land

routes_rails_and_roads_final_020311_cover_thumbnailA look at options to improve Arizona State Land Department's ability to site transportation infrastructure in advance of development.

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Tucson’s New Prosperity: Capitalizing on the Sun Corridor

Tucsons_New_Prosperity_CoverA new Institute report encourages Tucson to start viewing Phoenix as an asset instead of a competitor.

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Read the Press Release.


Strategies for Renewable Energy Projects On Arizona's State Lands


Examine the strategies which would allow Arizona State Land Department to capitalize on its extensive land holdings suitable for solar development.  

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Riding The Rails To Sustainability

Straw Bale 2009 Summary Report

Survey Of Arizona Sitting Stockholders

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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)

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


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