Tempe is home to two desert preserves, Papago Park and Hayden Butte, which offer a truly unique experience in the heart of the Valley. These preserves require a thoughtful approach when planning for the recreational use, conservation and design for future amenities.
In November 2019, the Tempe City Council approved the formation of the Desert Conservation Commission, which will ensure these special places are preserved for years to come. Applications for commission members are being accepted now through Jan. 31, 2020. Applicants who meet the criteria for the commission composition are encouraged to apply.
“For the past year, I’ve had the privilege of spearheading the group focused on desert conservation,” said Tempe City Councilmember Joel Navarro. “Our residents and my colleagues are deeply concerned with preserving and improving our natural desert terrain. Our work resulted in the creation of the Desert Conservation Commission. I am excited to see the community members that are willing to volunteer their time and expertise to this critical Commission.”
Commission member descriptions:
· Representative from a tribal nation;
· Expert in Sonoran Desert flora and fauna;
· Representative from a group made up of outdoor recreation enthusiasts;
· Expert in issues of water or riparian environments;
· Expert in issues of historic or archeological preservation;
· Representative from an organization that represents Tempe businesses;
· Representative from an academic institution;
· Tempe resident serving on the Parks, Recreation, Golf, and Double Butte Cemetery Advisory Board; or
· Tempe resident, at-large.
Appointments to this commission will be made by the Mayor, with formal approval from the City Council once the application and review processes are complete.
The Desert Conservation Commission was formed as a result of a City Council Working Group led by councilmembers Joel Navarro, Jennifer Adams and Randy Keating. The commission will advise the City Council and assist city staff in the establishment of essential policies, management plans, rules and regulations relating to the acquisitions, planning, operation, use, care, conservation, restoration and maintenance of areas. It will address the design of future amenities and facilities for use as a preserve. The commission also serves as a forum for public involvement to assure community input for planning, projects and issues, and to meet all guidelines for public involvement where applicable. Click here for more information and to see the Desert Conservation Commission ordinance.
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