- The Sonoran Institute
- DMB Associates Inc.
- City of Buckeye
- Maricopa County Parks and Recreation
- Maricopa Trail & Park Foundation
- Central Arizona Conservation Alliance
A wide variety of West Valley cities and towns, businesses, and developers have been involved in the success of the new organization. Following the October 2014 introduction event held at Verrado in Buckeye, leaders will develop a detailed plan for the establishment of the WTMC, which will result in securing the not-for-profit corporation status an developing the business plan for the new organization.
Though the final details have yet to be worked out, the organization intends to focus on five specific areas of impact in support of the White Tank Mountains and their resources.
- Regional Planning and Partnerships: The WTMC will ensure that the mountains remain connected to the broader region with a regional trail network, connections for recreational activities, and appropriate wildlife corridors to prevent genetic isolation.
- Stewardship and Volunteerism: By working with existing groups including the Friends of the White Tanks and trail stewards, the WTMC will provide leadership and volunteers who can provide the labor necessary to maintain and enhance recreational and environmental values.
- Advocacy and Public Policy: There are many issues connected to the resources of the White Tank Mountains that must be addressed through public policy. The WTMC will take an active role in assessing threats and opportunities that are affected by local, state, and national policy, while advocating for the continued protection and enhancement of resources.
- Research, Education and Training: The White Tank Mountains contain some of the Sonoran Desert’s best natural and cultural resources and provide a great opportunity to educate the community about the climate, ecology, geology, and culture of the region.
- Tourism and Public Attraction: Natural resources and outdoor recreation are two of the most significant contributor for tourism and economic development. The West Valley can leverage the White Tank Mountains as an important component of its economic development strategy—WTMC will be a leader in this opportunity.
The White Tank Mountains Conservancy will protect the White Tank Mountains by seeking pragmatic solutions that enhance the economy of the West Valley while ensuring the sustainability of the natural and cultural resources within this iconic and rugged landscape. Through partnership and collaboration with regional organizations, the WTMC will ensure that these sentinels on the western edge of the Phoenix metropolitan area thrive under the pressures of future growth and remain a vibrant sanctuary that retains the enduring character and beauty of the Sonoran Desert.