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More Funds Available for Urban Farmland Conservationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2480Environment & Sustainability9/15/2022 6:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2480/Newsroom _OEP_1.jpgMore Funds Available for Urban Farmland Conservation<div class="ExternalClassAAF88FE1DDC548BCAD717436FA24BCE6"><html> <p style="color:rgb(51, 51, 51);font-family:"trebuchet ms", helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:15px;">​The City of Phoenix has set aside an additional $2 million to continue protecting urban farmland from development. Through a partnership with <a style="color:rgb(175, 43, 1);" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?6b5e739eedb1ef959e80eaa4ee985fe6fb4a5b199cf1c6743e2fb30c608d0743" target="_blank">Central AZ Land Trust</a> (CALT), <a style="color:rgb(175, 43, 1);" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?77d298308996ee534dc0c60c44cc96b8ef6d7e6e97e849d52178319ed97fdd67" target="_blank">Maya’s Farm</a> has been permanently protected from development via a conservation easement, and additional funds are now available for more conservation easements.</p> <p style="color:rgb(51, 51, 51);font-family:"trebuchet ms", helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:15px;">In June 2021, the Phoenix City Council approved $1 million for the <a style="color:rgb(175, 43, 1);" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?23d1a00c7a7123c91a464d46cda03209e9c7d3b8e57938ba92b212c90e07483a" target="_blank">Farmland Preservation Program</a>, part of its Phoenix Resilient Food System Program, for which CALT is the administrator. Since then, the Phoenix City Council approved $2 million more for this program. This means other farmland owners can be paid to sell their development rights while maintaining their farms for the benefit of all.</p> <p style="color:rgb(51, 51, 51);font-family:"trebuchet ms", helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:15px;">Governed by A.R.S. 33-271, et seq., conservation easements are voluntary contractual relationships between a land trust and a landowner whereby the landowner sells or donates their development rights while still owning the land. A landowner can get paid 60-80% of the full sale value of the property (based on a qualified appraisal). Because the conservation easement binds all future owners of the property, the farm will remain in agricultural production and open space in perpetuity.</p> <p style="color:rgb(51, 51, 51);font-family:"trebuchet ms", helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:15px;">"We are very excited that this Program will receive double the funding this year to conserve more vital urban farms within Phoenix," said Rosanne Albright, Environmental Programs Coordinator for the City of Phoenix.</p> <p style="color:rgb(51, 51, 51);font-family:"trebuchet ms", helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:15px;">“We are grateful that the City of Phoenix continues to recognize the importance of maintaining working lands and prioritizes conserving our local farms and food supply,” said Becky Ruffner, President of the CALT Board.</p> <p style="color:rgb(51, 51, 51);font-family:"trebuchet ms", helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:15px;">With the success of having conserved Maya’s Farm, CALT will continue to engage other farmland owners to participate in this Program. Interested farmland owners in Phoenix can contact Sharma Torrens at agconserveconsulting@gmail.com.</p> <p style="color:rgb(51, 51, 51);font-family:"trebuchet ms", helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:15px;">CALT needs help from the community to conserve these local farms; the City will pay 75% of the conservation easement value, and CALT will fundraise for the remainder. Click <a style="color:rgb(175, 43, 1);" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?6b5e739eedb1ef959e80eaa4ee985fe6fb4a5b199cf1c6743e2fb30c608d0743" target="_blank">here</a> for details on how to contribute to the cause.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programsA Phoenix farmer works in her lettuce cropEnvironment#sustainability #environment #urbanfarms #localproduce @PHXenvironment @CityofPhoenixAZUrban agricultureSpencer Blake602-818-6033602-262-6822spencer.blake@phoenix.govPHXEnvironment

 

 

Phoenix to Celebrate Urban Wildlife Conservation Dayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2514Environment & Sustainability10/5/2022 6:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2514/Newsroom_OEP_01_owlB.jpgPhoenix to Celebrate Urban Wildlife Conservation Day<div class="ExternalClassB5C39894D44142428935C0F1FD3BF2ED"><html> <p></p><span style="font-size:16px;">On Saturday, October 8, 2022 the public is invited to join the City of Phoenix, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Audubon Society for a celebration of <a href="https://www.fws.gov/project/rio-reimagined" target="_blank">Urban Wildlife Conservation Day</a>. The free community event is a chance for volunteerism, family fun, and local food. Mayor Kate Gallego will also be signing an Urban Bird Treaty (UBT) to support bird conservation.</span><br style="font-size:16px;"><br><strong style="font-size:16px;">Location:</strong><span style="font-size:16px;">  Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, 2439 S Central Avenue. Phoenix AZ, 85004</span><br><br style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Schedule of events:</strong></span><br style="font-size:16px;"><ul><li><span style="font-size:16px;">7 a.m. - Salt River clean-up activity starts (no registration needed)</span></li><li><span style="font-size:16px;">8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Community activities</span></li><ul><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">2nd Annual 'Walk for the Wild'</span></li><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">Audubon Native Plant Sale</span></li><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">Nature Tent with fun presentations</span></li><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">Story Walk for kids</span></li><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">Community partner booths</span></li><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">Food trucks - Pupusas Transitenas and Kona Ice</span></li><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">Performances by Native American flute musician Ed Kabotie</span></li></ul><li><span style="font-size:16px;">​​9 a.m. - Mayor Gallego, USFWS, and Audubon Southwest sign Urban Bird Treaty</span></li></ul><p>UBT partnerships work on bird habitat conservation, bird hazard reduction, and community engagement in bird-related conservation, education, science, and recreation, especially for diverse and underserved communities. The partnerships provide these communities with opportunities to connect with nature through bird related activities.<br></p><p>Phoenix is known for its sprawling structure, diverse neighborhoods, and unique landscape. Over 300 bird species are known to breed in Arizona and many of them face a tenuous future due to water uncertainties and climate shifts. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNews
Let Us Know What Topics are Most Impactful to Youhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/equal-opportunity/1476Equal Opportunity10/5/2022 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1476/Newsroom_EOD_014.jpgLet Us Know What Topics are Most Impactful to You<div class="ExternalClassBA656C7663484A93B960A0CCD011BB7D"><html> <p></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p>The City of Phoenix Human Relations Commission and the Equal Opportunity Department are organizing free, virtual and in-person programs for 2023. They would like to hear your ideas and comments on the topics that are most impactful to you. Your answers will help them determine what topics and speakers to present.</p><p>Please provide your ideas and feedback by completing this <a href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=XGm5lg5PvUKK37p1V2A0a8dCr72llv1Cj74wxYXqWblUNDFZV1ZCQjYxVVdLUkdBN0xUNzRaQlFBVi4u&wdLOR=c452E834B-9D87-49AD-BB34-27E1BE47AB89" target="_blank">five-question survey</a>.</p><p>The mission of the <a href="/eod/commissions/humanrelations" target="_blank">Human Relations Commission</a> is to promote respect and understanding among all groups by eliminating discrimination throughout the city of Phoenix. The Commission is an advisory body to the Equal Opportunity Department whose purpose is to provide advice to the City of Phoenix to enable the City to meet the needs of its residents. The Commission provides educational awareness to the residents of Phoenix on issues impacting the community.</p><p>For more information, contact Shanna Archie at shanna.archie@phoenix.gov.</p><p> ​<br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/eodNews
New Cross-Field Taxiway to Connect North and South Airfields | News Feedhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/phxtv/2513PHXTV10/5/2022 12:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/qdk0Zcqs584New Cross-Field Taxiway to Connect North and South Airfields | News Feed<div class="ExternalClass4593B381F52D450BB832C4BFF1183711"><html> <p>Representative Greg Stanton, Mayor Kate Gallego, and the White House’s Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu today discussed a $194 million federal investment to construct a new 2,000-foot taxiway at our airport. This is the first project in the City of Phoenix to benefit from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The new taxiway will join the north and south airfields on the west end of the airport, allowing for better aircraft flow for airfield operations.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/phxtvVideo

 

 

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