Our summer issue of Mountain Lines is now available
Scottsdale, Arizona – The official newsmagazine of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, Mountain Lines, publishes its summer issue on Wednesday, June 28th. First published in 1994, Mountain Lines has shared the wide-ranging activities of Conservancy stewards and staff in meeting the Conservancy’s mission: to champion the sustainability of the Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve utilizing steward volunteers to connect the community to the Preserve through education, research, advocacy, partnership and safe respectful access.
Mountain Lines content covers activities of the Conservancy’s vital scientific Field Institute projects, as well as the many ways the staff and more than 650 active stewards support the City of Scottsdale in protecting and educating citizens and visitors about the Preserve. Stewards patrol and maintain Preserve trails and serve as citizen scientists to support scientific studies of Preserve flora, fauna and geology. They answer questions and suggest hikes for visitors at trailheads. They also teach community schoolchildren about the Preserve and its fascinating plants and wildlife through programs such as the Junior Citizen Science Festival and Nature Guides Program, and act as community ambassadors to share the unique story of the Preserve.
In this issue, you’ll read about the work stewards are doing as citizen scientists to record changes to plants and animals in the Preserve. The Field Institute has launched multiple long-term research projects to monitor the Preserve—one of the most biologically diverse open space areas in the region. The Preserve is home to 380 plant species, 200 vertebrate animal species and countless invertebrates. It is also home to six animal species listed as Species of Concern by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
You’ll also learn about one of the great destination hikes in the Preserve—the hike to Cathedral Rock. Located in the Brown’s Ranch area of the Preserve, Cathedral Rock is designated as an archaeological site. The trails to it are a treat for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Those interested in the ancient history of the Preserve will be especially interested in observing the area.
If you want to know about future trail planning and construction, check out the article about trail building from City of Scottsdale. Bikers can learn about the annual Tour de Scottsdale happening in October, and history buffs will enjoy the article about the new exhibit featuring the Conservancy at the Arizona Heritage Center.
This magazine is an interesting and entertaining window into the work and impact that the Conservancy has on our local treasure, Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. To read an online copy, click on this following link: Mountain Lines
Learn about advertising in our award-winning magazine at the following link: Mountain Lines media kit. Or use the contact information below:
McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
Kristin Nilsson, Marketing Manager
Office: (480) 998-7971, ext. 108
Mobile: (773) 294-2859