The Coronado Planning Partnership
The Coronado Planning Partnership formed in 2006 in response to the Coronado National Forest initiating revision of its Land and Resource Management Plan. Individuals and groups who care about the future integrity of the Coronado have seen forest plan revision as an exceptional opportunity to call for changes that will strengthen the conservation content of Forest management.
The Partnership is a force for the conservation of biodiversity, as well as cultural and historical values, in the new Forest Plan. The group is working to represent and mobilize a diverse group of collaborators that share a common vision for the future of Coronado National Forest. Today the Partnership includes nearly 40 groups and landowners devoted to influencing and overseeing the new Forest Plan.
Statement of Principles
In April 2006, Sky Island Alliance convened the inaugural meeting of the Partnership in Tucson. There, representatives of 23 organizations and major landowners began work on a core statement of principles to guide the Partnership's advocacy work. Since then, more than 20 other organizations have been involved in shaping the statement of principles.
The people behind the Partnership—from ranchers to scientists, from CEOs to field volunteers—are as diverse as the wild landscapes of the Coronado. What brings them together is their common concern for the natural and cultural wealth of this gem of the Southwest. The embodiment of this common ground is the Partnership's Statement of Principles.
The Statement of Principles shapes the Partnership's management recommendations for issues, threats, and assets on the Coronado National Forest. Some of the key issues for the Partnership include:
- Wild species and habitats
- Quiet recreation
- Special management areas
- Wilderness suitability
- Compile the Partnership's wealth of knowledge about the Coronado National Forest into a comprehensive report titled State of the Coronado National Forest detailing history, natural history, current conditions, threats, and management recommendations
- Strengthen the Partnership by increasing the number and diversity of participating organizations
- Submit comments and recommendations to the Forest Service
- Promote participation in the planning process throughout southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico
- Outreach to members and allies of the Partnership's participating organizations
- Promote the extension of successful plan revision strategies to the Arizona Forest Plan Revision Coalition
- Attend Forest Service public meetings and workshops for Forest Planning
- Put on the Planning the Future symposium (2006) with ten speakers addressing a broad range of topics related to plan revision