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First and Third Sat. 8am-1pm
NMVC Coffee House
12950 N 7th St
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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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

PMPC Request USACE 404 Permit be Denied to ADOT for SMF Loop 202
The Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council Board of Directors and members worked with PMPC attorney, Susan Montgomery to analyze and provide their concerns to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) regarding Arizona Department of Transportation's (ADOT) request for a 404 permit.

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..

After 60 years, Governor Doug Ducey wants to eliminate the Arizona State Parks Board. HB 2369, introduced by Representatives TJ Shope (R, LD8) and John Allen (R, LD15) will repeal the Arizona State Parks Board which provides citizens’ oversight to State Parks – HB2369 recently passed the State House. If HB2369 passes the Senate, all of the State Parks Board authority will be transferred to the States Park Director who works at the pleasure of the Governor.  If you support keeping the Arizona State Parks Board, you may convey to the State Senate this message: OPPOSE HB2369. Please maintain the Arizona State Parks Board which has been in existence for 60 years and provides citizens’ oversight to the State Parks Agency. Click title above for more information.

"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.

This funding campaign is supported by all environmental plaintiffs, for the PARC et al lawsuit vs. ADOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Any monies raised will:
  1. help cover the travel costs for PARC attorney Howard Shanker to appear for oral arguments in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this summer.
  2. help defray the legal costs for work performed by Mr. Shanker.
The oral arguments are the last chance plaintiffs have to stop the project and its toxic threat to the area and permanent destruction to South Mountain. See Campaign Overview document and the PMPC Email Campaign Letter.

Phoenix City Council Votes to use lower 2700 Kelvin LED Lights
for City Street Lights
PMPC along with neighborhood organizations and Dark Skies urged City of Phoenix Council to replace street lights with a lower 2700 Kelvin LED instead of the currently used 4000 Kelvin bulbs. Through public input, City leaders were made aware of the adverse effect higher Kelvin rated bulbs would have on people, animals and plants. PMPC would like to thank all members who took the time to contact their City Council members and/or provided input through the Parks and Recreation LED Lighting Public Input Survey to provide a sensible long-term solution to keep our streets, sidewalks and Mountain Preserves safe and sustainable.
Read the press release regarding the Council's decision.

Your Input Needed – Master Plan for South Mountain Preserve Park
The Phoenix Parks Department is working to create a Master Plan for South Mountain Preserve Park. As PMPC members we urge you to get involved by either attending upcoming public meetings, next meeting should be late July or early August, and also by providing your thoughts through a form that allows you to upload photos or images to support concerns or suggestions for South Mountain Park Preserve. From the web site below, scroll down for the City of Phoenix South Mountain Park Trails Master Plan data collector application. There is a short “Help Guide” that will help you provide feedback using the data collector and map. The Data Collector app. form is located at the Parks Department web site – then scroll down - South Mountain Park Trails Master Plan.