Arizona Land and Water Trust is raising $8 million to protect Sopori Creek and Farm, a unique 1,300-acre area with rare grandfathered-water rights, irrigated farmland, a rich biotic community and a storied history.
The land is currently owned by developers and subject to development. It lies amidst 25,000 acres of protected land—connecting a vital riparian corridor along the Sopori Creek with the Santa Cruz River.
Sopori Creek and Farm offers a rare opportunity to become the headquarters for planning the future of Southern Arizona’s farming and ranching.
Once protected, this location will provide farmers and ranchers a place where key issues, such as climate change, water shortages and land succession can be explored. It will be a nationally recognized center of excellence in sustainable land use practices.
Elements of the Sopori Project
Campaign Advisory Committee
Bruce Babbitt, former Governor of Arizona and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Dan Bell, Third Generation Rancher – ZZ Cattle Corporation
John Bernal, former Deputy Pima County Administrator and former U.S. Commissioner – International Boundary and Water Commission
Bruce Bracker, Santa Cruz County Supervisor and Vice Chairman for District 3
Bill Brake, Arizona Game and Fish Commissioner, Rancher – Rose Tree Ranch, former CEO and President – HollyFrontier Corporation
Sarah Brown, Member – Southern Arizona Young Farmers and Ranchers Coalition
Dr. Carlos ‘Kent’ Campbell, MD, Public Health Physician, Global and Malaria Health Expert
Elizabeth K. Campbell, Medical-Scientific-Legal Librarian U.S. and abroad
Dean Fish, Rancher – Anchor F Cattle, Ranch Manager – Santa Fe Ranch
Maura Grogan, former Loan Fund Director at Growth Partners Arizona, 1976 Winter Olympic athlete, Independent Consultant
Cameron Jones, Farm Manager, Member – Southern Arizona Young Farmers and Ranchers Coalition
Mary Noon Kasulaitis, Author, Historian, Rancher
Carol Lambert, former Executive Director of Southeast Arizona Land Trust and advisor to ALWT
Kimber Lanning, Entrepreneur, Business Leader, Community Development Specialist, Founder – Local First Arizona
Amy McCoy, Water Policy Specialist, Ecologist, Founding Partner of Martin & McCoy
Andrew McGibbon, Rancher – Santa Rita Ranch
Gary Nabhan, Agricultural Ecologist, Ethnobotanist, Ecumenical Franciscan Brother, Author, MacArthur Fellow, John Burroughs Medal Award winner
Laurinda Oswald, Rancher and Farmer – Oswald Cattle Company
Hank Peck, Estate Planner, Advisor and Shareholder – TCI Wealth Advisors
Vanessa Prileson, Rangeland Program Manager – Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation
Richard Pritzlaff, President – Biophilia Foundation, Managing Partner – Borderlands Restoration L3c
Jason Rowley, President & CEO – Phoenix Suns, Rancher – Santa Lucia Ranch
Tom Sheridan, Historical and Environmental Anthropologist, Professor at The University of Arizona Southwest Center
Ian Tomlinson, Rancher – Vera Earl, Attorney
Scott Vandervoet, Vandervoet & Associates, Santa Cruz Cold Storage, Immediate Past Chair & Board Member – Fresh Produce Association of the Americas
David Yetman, Research Social Scientist and Distinguished Outreach Professor at The University of Arizona Southwest Center, Host – In the Americas with David Yetman
Ricardo Crisantes, Chief Commercial Officer
Sopori Creek and Farm Capital Campaign Committee
Arizona landowners and conservationists tell why they know that the Sopori Creek and Farm project is critical to the health of Southern Arizona’s western landscapes, wildlife habitat and the waters that sustain them.
Vanessa Prileson is the Rangeland Program Manager with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation. Vanessa has worked on cattle ranches in the southwestern U.S. and for the U.S. Forest Service in Arizona. Vanessa has a background in animal and range sciences and is a member of the National Young Farmers and Ranchers Coalition.
Sopori Creek and Farm Project Map
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