Board Meeting

Mon, Apr 6
7pm
Audubon Visitor’s Center
3131 S Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85040
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NMVC Coffee House

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

Proposed South Mountain Freeway Stirs Up Controversy
Five Star Publications, publisher of bestselling books sold at the North Mountain Visitor Center gift shop has included an article in their March edition of StoryMonster magazine about the South Mountain Loop 202 and South Mountain. Read Rachel Koestler-Grack's overview.
PMPC appreciates Rachel's time to understand and report the issues and links to the organizations that are trying protect the future of South Mountain Preserve Park.

Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway: Action Needed
The Arizona Department of Transportation will be issuing a Record of Decision (ROD) for this project in the coming weeks.PMPC needs your help writing letters to Arizona Federal Representatives asking for their help to ensure this proposed alignment is reviewed. See the attached letter and feel free to use it as a template. At a minimum write your representative, and two senators see contact link. We encourage you to send letters or emails to all Arizona representatives and the people on the "Action List" It's important our elected representatives know that putting a freeway through a mountain preserve is wrong.

202 South Mountain Freeway Final Environmental Impact Statement
Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council (PMPC), a non-profit membership organization that advocates for the protection of Phoenix mountain preserves, has submitted a letter of objection to the 202 South Mountain Freeway Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council cited the inadequate evaluation of impacts to the wildlife and plants of South Mountain Park and Preserve and recreation trail systems. Read PMPC's FEIS comment in its entirety.

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Action Requested
The Phoenix City Budget has not sustainably funded Mountain Preserve maintenance and ranger staffing for years. The Phoenix Mountain Preservation Council continues to advocate for a viable budget, but we are also looking for other funding solutions. One such option is federal money provided by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Background of Acquisition of Land for the Phoenix Mountains Preserves
The Background of Acquisition of Land for the Phoenix Mountains Preserves and How Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council (PMPC) was able to Influence the Land Acquisition Program.

Phoenix Echo Canyon Area Reopens with Great Fanfare
Camelback Mountain’s Echo Canyon Recreation Area, 4925 E. McDonald Dr., and the Summit Trail reopened to hikers at sunrise on Jan. 15, 2014. Excellent Job City of Phoenix. See PMPC January 2014 Newsletter for more details.

You Could Be a Park Steward
With your commitment to make a difference in our parks and preserves you will not only be continuing a legacy for our children, but you will gain friendships, keep in shape, and use your skills and experience. More Park Stewards volunteers are needed. Please visit the website phoenix.gov/parks/trails/volunteer/ for more information on becoming a valuable Park Steward.