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.
Outdoor Recreation Bolsters Arizona’s Economy With $21.2 Billion Annually in Consumers Spending and 201,000 Jobs
Boulder, Colo. — Jul 26, 2017
Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) today released the state-by-state Outdoor Recreation Economy Report, which demonstrates the powerful impact that outdoor recreation has on Arizona’s economy.
Today’s report shows that the outdoor recreation economy in Arizona directly contributes 201,000 jobs and annually generates $21.2 billion in consumer spending and $1.4 billion in state and local tax revenue.
OIA’s report also highlights that 59 percent of Arizona’s 6.9 million residents participate in outdoor recreation each year.
Welcome to the Second Annual
We are excited to invite you to attend the 2nd annual West Valley Energy Open, a charity golf event benefiting the Homeless Youth Connection, White Tank Mountains Conservancy, and All Faith Community Services. The event will be hosted at the Founders Course at the Verrado Golf Club in Buckeye, Arizona, on Friday, September 22, 2017.
Verrado Golf Club is an 18-hole course with memorable and scenic views of the White Tank Mountains. It is a challenging but exciting course even for the most professional golfers. The festivities will begin with Registration at 7 a.m. and Tee-Off at 8:30 a.m. sharp. A luncheon will follow your round of golf. There will be contests on the course and raffle prizes to look forward to as well.
Desert Safety and Gary the Gopher Snake
at Goddard School in Verrado
A coyote puppet spouted desert safety to his mountain lion friend with a funky hat and sunglasses while Gary the Gopher snake calmly awaited behind the puppet theater.
Maria Whitesell, her daughter Cyra Holmes, and Lily Gracia brought the safety message to life through story and puppetry. Pairs of three to five-year- old eyes lit up as the puppets cavorted in their theater drawing giggles and smiles.
Justin Williams, White Tank Mountain Regional Park Ranger, introduced the calm and apparently patient gopher snake to the children inviting them to touch gently. Gary and all the kids seemed to enjoy the experience.
The White Tank Mountain Community Outreach team sponsored event took place on June 30 at the Verrado Goddard School.
Contribute to Science and Help Steward the White Tank Mountains
We are recruiting for citizen scientists to help identify and map invasive species found in and around the White Tank Mountains. From hikers to hunters, birders to bikers, our community is filled with naturalists eager to share what they see on the Mountain. For additional information and to register.
Jane Fricke Receives Buckeye Chamber Community Service Award
Jane Fricke, Volunteer Coordinator for the White Tank Mountains Conservancy was recognized by the Buckeye Chamber of Commerce for outstanding community service at its annual “Buckeye Rocks” awards dinner on Friday, June 23.
Fricke, a resident of Verrado, has spent countless hours–she says about 20 per week, but it is probably more–supporting the Conservancy. Her role as Volunteer
Coordinator requires maintaining the database of Conservancy members as well as recruiting new members, scheduling stewards, planning events, writing training manuals, and organizing training programs. You name it, and she will get it done.
Jane has a passion for the White Tank Mountains and its parks. In addition to her commitments to the Conservancy, she also heads up the Friends of White Tank Park as its president and volunteers in the White Tank Mountain Park Nature Center weekly. She is also active in the Liberty Methodist Church in Buckeye.
Executive Director Les Meyers praised Fricke’s service as “critical to the launch of the Conservancy which has grown to 80 plus members in less than two years due largely to her efforts.”
Congratulations, Jane. The staff and stewards recognize and appreciate your substantial contributions as does the greater community.
Rudy Wows Kids at West Valley Gives Event
By Alice Neal
The White Tank Mountains Conservancy was represented by Rudy the Rascal Roadrunner at the West Valley Gives community outreach event on Saturday, June 24, at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Steward John Laabs, the Rudy performer, was an immediate hit with the kids. Rudy proudly wore his WTMC tee-shirt and delighted the audience along with other mascots including dinosaurs, a bee, and Big Red himself. Steward Scott Kranzsuch, accompanied Rudy keeping him safe and managing his rascality. Other stewards connected with event visitors sharing the Conservancy mission and informational materials.
The Giving Tree, a Verrado non-profit where residents and community partners work together to bring the community vision of giving and commitment to philanthropy to life, provided booth space to the Conservancy.
NAU Senior Interns with Conservancy
Taylor Donahue, a senior Parks and Recreation Management student at Northern Arizona University, is shadowing leaders and exploring trails while gaining field experience at the White Tank Mountains Conservancy Parks.
A resident of Surprise, Taylor works part-time while fulfilling the demands of a 240-hour summer internship. Having spent many of his 97 volunteer hours earned to date on trails, he recounted his excitement for seeing wildlife. A pair of chuckwallas and mule deer caught his attention on the Mesquite. His next trail goal is Ford Canyon, which he wisely plans to do with a friend the first time since the trail markings can be challenging.
He is eager to connect with White Tank Mountains Regional Park nature center staff to learn the ins and outs of that operation. His course work at NAU required designing a business and its budget, and he plans to test his theories against practice as he learns about the business side of the nature center operation.
Taylor has explored the White Tank Mountains Conservancy website and manuals learning about the mission and activities of the Conservancy. His next venture will be grasping the functions of the outreach and marketing teams as he attends meetings in the next few weeks.
Taylor will graduate in December and is seeking a position with the USDA Forest Service or a national park.
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.”
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.
Economic Impact of Maricopa County’s Open Space Park System
| 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