Phoenix Mountains

NMVC Coffee House

First and Third Sat. 8am-1pm
NMVC Coffee House
12950 N 7th St
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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PMPC Activities Update October 2017
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PMPC Newsletter
March 2018

Desert Mountains Preserves Wildlife Videos
by Joel Pearson

Coyotes Consternation – 2:03min
Coyotes – 6:50min
Western Screech Owls – 3:56min
Gila Monster – 38sec
Red-tailed Hawks Nesting: Alice calls for Ralph – 1:22min
Red-tailed Hawk Feeding Chicks - 2:48min
Desert Tortoise 1 – 1:23min
Long-eared Owls – 11:50min
Desert Tortoise 2 – 1:00min
Pack Rat – 30sec
Nesting Roadrunners – 21sec
Phoenix Mountains
Preservation Council

12950 N 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85022

City of Phoenix Resources for the Homeless
The City of Phoenix is working with a variety of agencies including local businesses and faith-based organizations to reduce homelessness in the City. The linked information provides a variety of phone numbers to get people, both families and individuals, help. If you see people or living or congregating in areas not meant for long-term occupation call 602-262-6251 which is for both Crime Stop and PHX C.A.R.E.S. The brochure's second page includes phone numbers for food, senior citizen, veterans and mental health assistance.

If you see questionable activities in the Phoenix Mountain Preserves make sure you note the location, observed activities, description of the people involved, and the time of day. You should not approach the people, but call the Crime Stop number as soon as possible to notify City of Phoenix police.

Homelessness in the Desert Preserves
Street homelessness in Maricopa County has risen nearly 60 percent in two years, increasing the numbers of homeless camps in the Preserves. The City of Phoenix Police Department now has a "Bike Squad" that allows the Police to survey for homeless and drug-use camps in the Preserves. If you see a "homeless camp" in the Preserve, please contact Sergeant Joseph Roberts at (602)261-8996 or email at joseph.roberts@phoenix.gov to let them know the location of the homeless camp and the Police will deal with the situation.

Concerns at Mummy Mountain
We want to make you aware of a preservation issue with nearby Mummy Mountain. This is not part of the Preserve, but if you would like to take an individual stand, here's the information and what you can do.
More information.

Desert Preserve Animal Alert – Don’t use Poisons for Rats control
Should you find yourself with a rat situation, before you take any action, use common sense, think about the FOOD CHAIN, and remember all actions may have absolutely heart-breaking, unintended consequences for the animals and birds of the Phoenix Mountains Preserves. Please refer to the Maricopa Audubon Society Spring 2018 Booklet – page 15 for more on poisons and the impact on desert animals and bird life. Maricopa Audubon.org.

HIKING RESTRICTIONS AND PROTECTIONS as of MAY 1, 2018
The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department developed general guidelines for hikers.Take a Hike. Do It Right. With record breaking heat during this time of year hikers need to be concerned about their furry friends as well as themselves so Heat Safety guidelines are available. Also no dogs on certain trails when the temperature reaches 100 degrees or more. With the lack of rainfall there is a Fire Ban for Desert Parks and Mountain Preserves NO OPEN FIRES of any kind. For More Information

North Mountain Access Tower Road Improvements: Project Fact Sheet
The City of Phoenix will begin improvements to the 7TH Street North Mountain Access Road to the North Mountain Towers. To comply with loading standards, the City needs to make updates to replace the existing structures, improve/strengthen or erect additional structures and move equipment from the non-compliant structure. The existing access road is in a state of disrepair, has several potential hazards for rock fall, needs substantial improvements to control drainage, and the existing pavement is near the end of its performance life. Please take a minute to provide the City of Phoenix your project feedback using the link above or go directly to Survey Monkey..

"If we ruin Camelback, ever afterward people will think of Phoenix as the city that made something ugly of the most beautiful thing it had."
Barry Goldwater – Arizona Republic, 1965
The highest undeveloped lot on Camelback Mountain sits at a 52 percent slope. It is targeted for an almost 10,000-square-foot home, the largest ever constructed on Camelback Mountain. To access the proposed house, an approximately 600-foot-long roadway will cut deeply into the steep mountainside, forever scarring the iconic mountainside.
Take Action!
  1. Sign the Petition and let the Town of Paradise Valley, the Hillside Building Committee, and Mayor Michael Collins know that the scenic beauty of Camelback Mountain is an asset for everyone.
  2. Attend Hearing on April 5th 5:30PM at Paradise Valley Town hall to enforce hillside codes. Please sign our petition and help us preserve Camelback Mountain for our children and generations to come.