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April 2009 - The new Tumacacori Highlands Wilderness Website is Here!
March 2009 - The Tumacacori Highlands Wilderness Bill is still Active:
What was that Omnibus Bill?
Resources for the Media
Press Release, 2007
Restoring Connections insert - The Tumacacori Highlands
Visit the Tumacacori Highlands
One-on-one and small group guided tours of the Tumacacori Highlands proposed wilderness are available to interested reporters, politians, stakeholders and interest groups. For more information please contact:
Friends of the Tumacacori Highlands
Tumacacori Highlands in the News
On the Prowl
Smithsonian magazine - November 2007 - Rare jaguar sightings have sparked a debate about how to ensure the cats' survival in the American West. > Read full article
Tumacacori wilderness sought:
Grijalva's bill would protect Highlands area
Tucson Citizen - 8/5/2007 - The debate over a proposed Tumacacori Highlands wilderness area swings into high gear now that U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva has introduced a bill to protect 83,400 acres of national forest from Tubac south to the Mexican border. > Read full article
Congress should enact Tumacacori
Arizona Daily Star - 8/4/2007 -Godspeed to legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva this week to protect and preserve about 84,000 pristine acres in the Tumacacori Highlands. This swath of southern Arizona is extraordinary. > Read full article
Group presses for critical habitat in U.S. for jaguars
Sierra Vista Herald - 8/6/2007 - The elusive jaguar could disappear forever in the U.S. wilderness unless critical habitat is designated for the large cats, according to the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity. > Read full article
Buscan proteger la Sierra Tumacacori
La Estrella de Tucson - Apoya Grijalva una propuesta legislativa - Por casi 30 años, David Courtland, sus hijos y amigos, han realizado sus caminatas y excursiones familiares en la Sie-rra Tumacacori.
> Read full article
The wilderness is next to godliness
The Arizona Republic - 12/19/2006 - As pastor of a congregation in Tempe, I am naturally interested in the spiritual lives of our church members. I sometimes ask, "When have you felt closest to God?" They don't say: "During your sermons." For many, the most intense experience of the holy has been on a mountaintop, or by a stream, or next to the ocean. > Read full article
See what people in the community have to say about the Tumacacori Highlands wilderness proposal. > Read more; downloadable posters.
Art In Wilderness Project
A collection of artwork, poetry, essays and songs by 19 artists and authors including Charles Bowden, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Richard Shelton, and others. The 100 page, full color book includes two CD's of original music and readings by the authors and poets.
[Order Form] > Read more.
Quotes on the Tumacacori Highlands Wilderness Proposal
"...Wilderness should be wilderness...
What we have before us is a Great Debate - one we need to enter into intelligently and rationally armed with facts and a vision for the future."
- Editorial, Green Valley News, February 5, 2004
"Wilderness areas are not set aside solely for the enjoyment of hikers and horsemen, although that is certainly a significant benefit. I have never hiked a wilderness area, but I support their creation because I recognize their importance to the preservation of many species and to the continuing existence of our fragile ecosystems."
- Keith Justice, Lakeside letter in The Arizona Republic, January 31, 2004
"With rapid growth and development quickly eroding the natural landscape of Arizona, it's important to protect for future generations remaining environmentally sensitive lands that collectively make up the backbone of the state's thriving tourist industry. Congress should move quickly to recognize [the Tumacacori Highlands]
for what it is: a prime candidate for wilderness designation."
-Editorial, Tucson Citizen, January 9, 2004
"Each of us should take a little time at least once a year to ask ourselves what kind of Earth we want to live on. It's also our responsibility to look out for the protection of the land around us. We can delegate a lot of that to elected officials, but, in turn, they need to hear from the people they represent about priorities."
- Editorial, Nogales International, January 20, 2004
"It is true that not everyone can visit all of the wilderness areas but that is not the reason to have them. Humans don't have to be using, tramping, building or developing every piece of land on Earth. Some of it has to be set aside for other species and just a place that is quiet
- Elaine Mays, Phoenix letter in The Arizona Republic, February 3, 2004