White Tank Mountains Conservancy

 

 

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The White Tank Mountains in the West Valley of Phoenix are among the best conserved natural areas in the metropolitan region. Lying along the Western edge of the urban environment, the White Tank Mountains stand in the path of continued growth in one of the nation’s fastest growing communities. The mountains are also the site of two regional parks, the White Tank Mountain Regional Park, managed by the Maricopa County Parks Department; and Skyline Regional Park, managed by the City of Buckeye. The White Tank Mountains Conservancy is dedicated to preserving these mountains that are home to unique natural and cultural resources including mule deer, mountain lions, javelina, and petroglyphs.


WTMC Stewardship Training
Class of February 2017

Photo by Bob Hopper

Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck, co chairman of the Conservancy Board of Directors, greeted the group and expressed his appreciation to each steward for his or her commitment to protect the environment and natural habitat within the White Tank Mountains.  The Conservancy includes the new Buckeye city park, Skyline Regional Park, and the Maricopa County White Tank Mountains Park as well as the Verrado temporary trail system.

Anyone interested in joining the Conservancy may access the application on this web site.


Prickly Pedal Mountain Bike Race
April 1, 2017

The Prickly Pedal on the Maricopa Trail is a mountain bike race like no other. Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, the Prickly Pedal Mountain Bike Race winds through the northern section of the Maricopa Trail, the Valley’s emerald ring—a seamless connection of beautiful desert and challenging terrain with scenic views and near-perfect riding conditions.

All proceeds from the Prickly Pedal Mountain Bike Race go to support the Maricopa Trail and Park Foundation.

For additional information and to register.


Living with Urban Wildlife Series 

A Presentation on

BEES 


This program will focus on the critical role of bees as pollinators in agriculture and the dangers
caused by feral bees building hives in and near our homes and communities.
The key is striking a balance to help keep bees alive and yet protect ourselves.
 
This program will be presented on Saturday, March 11, 2017  from 2-3 PM at the
White Tank Regional Park Nature Center Classroom.

Next in the Series

Rattlesnakes
March 25, 2017 at 2 -4 PM

 Previous Speaker’s Series
Linda Bolon, Arizona representative for Project Coyote, presented on how to coexist with coyotes. 

John Bland, Hummingbirds – Learn about the lives of nature’s smallest birds and how to enjoy and protect them.


WTMC Mascot Contest

“ Every time you see a roadrunner, you will think of our parks ,” declares Jose Osornio, referring to the White Tank Mountain Conservancy  parks–White Tank Mountain Regional and Skyline. 

Sixth grader Osornio and fourth grade student Jordyn Bell are winners of the Mascot Contest recently sponsored by the White Tank Mountains Conservancy.   They were recognized by Les Meyers, Executive Director of the Conservancy,  and Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck on January 14 at the first anniversary celebration of the opening of Skyline.

Osornio penned the winning essay and Bell created a colorful, active interpretation of the roadrunner that will serve as the Conservancy mascot.  The roadrunner will be the youth connection to the Conservancy mission of protecting and preserving the wildlife and the natural and cultural resources of the mountain.

The contest, a partnership between, Buckeye Elementary School District and the Conservancy, was coordinated by the Education and Outreach Committee and Buckeye Elementary School District Parent and Community Coordinator Lon Sage.  Osornio and Bell are students at Buckeye Elementary School and West Park Elementary School, respectively.  (See related video)


 

Looking for some fun outdoor family activities?
Check out what is happening at
             White Tank Mountain Regional Park and Skyline Regional Park
 activities and events

For a complete list of activities and events check out both parks

White Tank Mountain Regional Park
Program Guides and Itinerary

Skyline Regional Park
Programming


Click here for flyer


 

I Am The White Tank Mountains

 

The Desert Botanical Garden

is pleased to announce it will break ground on a new, expanded butterfly exhibit on November 16, 2016. Opening in March 2017, the new Butterfly Pavilion will be located on the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail and will feature hundreds of live butterflies, as well as a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber.

butterfly-gardens 

For additional information

Photos  


Trail Maps

White Tank Mountain Regional Park Trail Map

Skyline Regional Park Trail Guide

Verrado Path & Trails Map

Maps provided by
Maricopa County Parks and Rcreation Department
Buckeye Skyline Regional Park
Verrado® Community Temporary Trail System


 Conservancy helps protect
White Tank Mountains

west valley view
Submitted by Glenn Gullickson on Wed, 08/31/2016

Buckeye’s Skyline Regional Park and other areas of the White Tank Mountains get support from a nonprofit organization dedicated to protection and enjoyment of some of the West Valley’s most notable natural resources.

The White Tank Mountains Conservancy was formed in 2015, the brainchild of Todd Hornback, executive director of community development for DMB, the builder responsible for the development of Verrado at the base of the mountains in Buckeye.

Although we’re a developer, we have a penchant for conservation and being sensitive to the land that we have the privilege of developing,” Hornback said.

We knew this asset would be value added to our community.”

Besides White Tank Mountain Regional Park, nearly 30,000 acres managed by the Maricopa County Parks Department, Hornback said he found there wasn’t much being done with what he called “a hidden gem.”

For the complete article visit West Valley View.

 


New Trails Open at Skyline Regional Park

4 Miles of Trails Now Open
Quartz Mine       2.6 miles              Moderate
Skyline Crest      1.3 miles              Difficult
Crest Summit     .17 miles              Difficult

For a trail guide click here.


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ANNOUNCES GRANT FROM THE
NINA MASON PULLIAM CHARITABLE TRUST

Desert Botanical Garden has received a grant totaling ($135,000) from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

“This grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust ensures that the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance, a Garden-led consortium of more than 50 stakeholders across the Valley, can advance our mutual goals of studying, restoring, and promoting the desert mountain preserves of metro Phoenix, one of our community’s most treasured resources,” said Ken Schutz, The Dr. William Huizingh Executive Director of the Garden.

For additional information


Community-Services-Award Bob Wisener

BUCKEYE’S SKYLINE REGIONAL PARK, CITY’S CONSERVATION MANAGER EARN STATE PARKS, RECREATION GROUP
TOP HONORS

Buckeye’s spectacular Skyline Regional Park and the key city staff member who led its development have earned top distinctions from the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association.

Skyline Regional Park, which opened in January to tremendous reviews for its miles of scenic hiking, camping and recreation amenities, was selected as the state’s Outstanding Facility for cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000.

And Robert Wisener (photo on right), Buckeye’s conservation and project manager since 2008, was selected the Outstanding Parks Professional for not only leading the planning and development of the park, but also for the in-house update of the city’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan and other accomplishments.   (For complete information at BuckeyeAZ.gov)


 

Check out the discussion about the WTMC on KJZZ 91.5. Ian Dowdy of the WTMC explains the position of the conservancy during an interview with Lauren Gilger, of KJZZ.

KJZZ


Citizen Patrol Pathfinder training


Looking for some fun outdoor family activities?
Check out what is happening at
             White Tank Mountain Regional Park and Skyline Regional Park
 activities and events

For a complete list of activities and events check out both parks

White Tank Mountain Regional Park
Program Guides and Itinerary

Skyline Regional Park
Programming


 Get involved banner

To learn more about what you can do as a

WTMC Volunteer Steward.

Click on PDF image to enlarge.

flyer

 

Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck, co chairman of the Conservancy Board of Directors, greeted the group and expressed his appreciation to each steward for his or her commitment to protect the environment and natural habitat within the White Tank Mountains.  The Conservancy includes the new Buckeye city park, Skyline Regional Park, and the Maricopa County White Tank Mountains Park as well as the Verrado temporary trail system.

Anyone interested in joining the Conservancy may access the application on this web site.


 

Experience Matters

WTMC stewards volunteered  at the recent Experience Matters event on
October 27 featuring guest speaker Robert Egger.


Trail Maps

White Tank Mountains Conservancy Map

 

White Tank Mountain Regional Park Trail Map

Skyline Regional Park Trail Guide

Verrado Path & Trails Map

Maps provided by
Maricopa County Parks and Rcreation Department
Buckeye Skyline Regional Park
Verrado® Community Temporary Trail System



 

NEWS RELEASE

Economic Impact of Maricopa County’s
Open Space Park System

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 Have you ever wondered about the value and benefits your local park system brings to your community? Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department has, and as a result, conducted an economic impact analysis study to find out!  A couple of key highlights identified by the study include: Impact of Visitor Spending and Impact of Total Operating Expenses.  Read the complete news release.

To learn more about the results the economic impact study, visit Maricopa’s County Parks and Recreation website at http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/about.aspx