Arizona's Sun Corridor stretches from the state's southern border into Yavapai County several hundred miles north. This megaregion includes the Phoenix/Tucson "megapolitan" area which has been one of the fastest growing regions in the nation for the past several decades. Designing the future for this vast and fragile area is a challenge of the highest order.
Arizona has some of the best solar resource potential in the nation. "We support the development of a robust solar industry, the economic prosperity that comes with it, and the notion that this can be done in a thoughtful manner that is respectful of our natural resources, including our wildlife, water and public lands", said Eric Gorsegner, Associate Director of the Sun Corridor Legacy Program at the Sonoran Institute. "And, while the economy may be moving slowly, we aren't. This is an opportunity to rethink the growth paradigm, a time to think big in terms of our conservation efforts."
In Western Maricopa County the Institute is working on a landscape-level conservation plan that is "big, bold and imaginative," reaching out to a wide cross section of stakeholders including land managers, developers, the military, local governments and user groups. The Institute and EcoFlight are excited at how the aerial perspective lends itself to highlighting the plans for the Sun Corridor.
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