Update on Resolution Copper Mine topic of Oct. 24 SALT Speakers Series

Hesston Klenk, manager of assurance, governance and engagement at Rio Tinto Phoenix Area Mining and Metals, is the featured speaker for the Oct. 24 Superstition Area Land Trust Speakers Series. Mr. Klenk is to provide an extensive update and details about the Resolution Copper Mine as well as the various types of mitigations and community […]

Superstition Area Land Trust’s Goff speaker at Rotary Club of Superstition Mountain

The May 2 Rotary Club of Superstition Mountain speaker was Charlie Goff, president of the Superstition Area Land Trust. S.A.L.T. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational corporation that was formed to protect and preserve Arizona State Trust lands bordering the southern slope of the Superstition Wilderness Area. Charlie told us about the trust’s mission, accomplishments and […]

State land trust expert shares strategies at speakers series

  The next installment of the Superstition Area Land Trust speakers series will feature a talk by Susan Culp whose work helped lead to developing the Superstition Vistas land plan. The event will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Apache Junction Multi-generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road, Apache Junction. Ms. Culp “will help us sort […]

Land trust commissioner updates Apache Junction audience on Arizona issues

The commissioner of the Arizona State Land Trust Department will speak 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the Apache Junction Multi-generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road. Lisa Atkins will address an audience at the Superstition Area Land Trust Speakers Series, updating her talk of about two years ago on the topic: A New Approach to Management of Arizona State […]

Apache Junction officials thank residents, organizations for donations

Local residents, businesses and organizations that made monetary donations to city programs were thanked at the March 6 meeting of the Apache Junction City Council. “We just want to say to all of the donors, ‘thank you,’” Roger Hacker, sponsorship/partnership programs coordinator for the city of Apache Junction, said. “Every donation – big or small […]

SALT sponsors Lost Goldmine Trail hike

The Superstition Area Land Trust is sponsoring an interpretive guided hike Wednesday, March 14, in the foothills of the Superstition Mountains. Hike leader Bonny Knowlton will lead what is considered an easy 4-mile trek along the Lost Goldmine Trail. “We will be hiking the west end of the Lost Goldmine Trail,” Ms. Knowlton stated in an email. “This will […]

Jim Holway speaks March 14 on Arizona’s water challenges

Will water availability limit future population and economic growth in our desert environment? Jim Holway, director of the new Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, will address that and more at the March 14 SALT Speakers Series event. The talk, co-sponsored by the Superstition Area Land Trust […]

State Land Trust Commissioner Atkins to discuss land management

Are you an off-highway vehicle enthusiast using state trust lands? A retiree supporting efforts to conserve our desert open spaces? A family breadwinner seeking better jobs, schools and highways? A developer lured by hundreds of square miles to be sold or leased for its appraised value?

How about an official trying to plan ahead of all the rooftops? Or a homeowner in the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon area who believes your mountain viewscape is protected in perpetuity?

If so, the Superstition Area Land Trust and Apache Junction Parks and Recreation have a not-to-be-missed talk for you.

Lisa Atkins, appointed last June by Gov. Doug Ducey as commissioner of the Arizona State Land Department, will present “A New Approach to Management of Arizona State Trust Lands: The Superstitions and Beyond,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road.

Ms. Atkins is the 21st commissioner in the 100-year history of the department. She is responsible for managing and administering 9.2 million acres of state land held in trust for 13 beneficiaries, the largest of which is K-12 education.

In fiscal year 2013, trust revenues exceeded $318 million.

Walters returns to discuss local birds of the Sonoran Desert

Superstition Area Land Trust and Apache Junction Parks and Recreation will offer a lecture about the birds of the Sonoran Desert, especially the ones that can be found locally. It will take place 6:30-7:45 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in room B-117 of the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road. The event is free and open to the public.

The presenter — Vera Walters — will discuss the birds, teach attendees their songs and share stories about how the birds get along in this desert world. This is the second lecture to feature Ms. Walters.

An event in February had an overflow crowd and so the organizations decided to bring Ms. Walters back. Ms. Walters has taught birding classes through Central Arizona College, Southwestern Field Studies, Road Scholar, the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service, as well as various private organizations. She is a regular volunteer with Lost Dutchman State Park and is a trail steward with the Superstition Area Land Trust.

For more information, visit the parks and recreation page on the city’s website.

Sponsor by March 1 to be included in SALT newsletter

The adage, “A healthy environment means a healthy economy,” is deeply understood here in the shadows of the Superstition Mountains. A unique and special place to live, work and play, our area attracts winter visitors, new homebuyers and businesses, recreation and tourism.

Many independent studies have quantified the benefits that high-quality natural open spaces have on everything from tourism dollars to property values, wildfire conservation, human health, urban heat island mitigation and water and air quality.

The Superstition Area Land Trust, or SALT, has been a significant contributor to keeping this beautiful corner of the Sonoran Desert accessible. Businesses know that SALT, as the only nonprofit conservation organization based in our county, adds to our quality of life and therefore our local economy.

SALT has recently launched its Business and Corporate Sponsorship Program, enabling businesses to support its 23-year mission to conserve these special places through stewardship, education, advocacy, partnerships and scientific study.

Join us as we work hard to keep our area clean, healthy, attractive and sustainable. Business owners can choose from the Roadrunner level at $100 to the Mountain Lion at $750. Corporate levels range from the Copper at $1000 to the Platinum at $10,000.
Join SALT’s Business or Corporate Sponsor Program by March 1 to be recognized in our annual newsletter mailing.

To learn more about the program and its benefits and to register as a sponsor, go to SALT’s website at azsalt.org and click on “Sponsorship Information” under the “How to Help” tab; call SALT Executive Director Cyndi Ruehl at 480-983-3454 or e-mail her at cyndiruehl@azsalt.org.

SALT salutes you in advance for investing in both a healthy environment and a healthy economy.

Becky Goff
Superstition Area Land Trust