Protecting sensitive species, such as the Gila Monster, is a part of the Ecological Resource Plan.

A management plan guides our efforts to protect natural resources.

The Ecological Resource Plan


The Ecological Resource Plan was approved by the Scottsdale City Council on Friday, December 2, 2016. Click here to download a copy of the full plan. 

What is the Ecological Resource Plan?

The mission of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is to champion the completion and sustainability of Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve for this and future generations. To fulfill this mission, we must adopt a long-term vision to maintain the ecological integrity of the Preserve. The Field Institute is working closely with the City of Scottsdale to develop an Ecological Resource Plan (ERP), a document articulating this long-term vision and plotting a course to get there. The Ecological Resource Plan is part of a broader effort by the City of Scottsdale to develop a comprehensive Resource Management Plan (RMP). The ERP  involves input from the Field Institute's Science Advisory Committee, MSC stewards, the Tonto National Forest, the McDowell Mountain Regional Park, the Sonoran Conservancy of Fountain Hills, the Desert Foothills Land Trust, Pinnacle Peak Park, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission, and the general public. The ERP is funded through generous grants from The Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Foundation and APS, with support from EPG (Environmental Planning Group).

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