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Desert Foothills Land Trust was formed in 1991 by citizens who were concerned about the pace of development and the loss of natural areas in their community. Led by a volunteer board of directors and a small staff, the Land Trust has become a critically important and well-respected organization working to conserve the most sensitive and important open spaces in the communities of Anthem, Carefree, Cave Creek, Desert Hills, New River, North Phoenix and North Scottsdale - the Desert Foothills of Arizona. To date, we have conserved nearly 1,100 acres on 29 preserves, many of which are open to the public for recreation and exploration. In 2022 the Land Trust was awarded re-accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission - a mark of distinction in the land trust community. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our tax ID number is 86-0677917.


Desert Foothills Land Trust connects people to nature by working with communities and partners to conserve and steward sensitive lands and species for the survival of our Sonoran Desert. 



Brian Butler, Chair

Bill Oelman, Vice Chair

Nathan Hyde, Treasurer


Board Members:

Peter Burns

Sarah Gondell

Patti Townsend

Vicki Preston, President & CEO

Sue Force, Chief Development Officer

Rachel Stringham, Director of Community Engagement

Donors to Desert Foothills Land Trust are expressing their commitment to conserving important natural areas for future generations.  Your donation to Desert Foothills Land Trust will:

  • Permanently protect open space

  • Provide recreational opportunities for hikers, equestrians and bikers

  • Conserve sensitive natural and cultural areas, including archaeological sites, riparian areas and rare habitats and natural communities. 

  • Connect wildlife corridors for native plants and animals

  • Protect property values and quality of life for residents and visitors

  • Inspire a love of nature for our community 


As a Desert Foothills Land Trust supporter you will receive our newsletter, invitations to our events and updates about the important work we are doing to to conserve and steward sensitive lands and species for the survival of our fragile Sonoran Desert.


The Land Trust's work is possible only because of the work of dozens of dedicated volunteers!  From trail maintenance to office work, volunteers are the heart and soul of these local land conservation efforts. 


Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering with the Desert Foothills Land Trust or learning more about our volunteer opportunities.  Tell us the best way to reach you... and if possible let us know what kind of volunteer work you would like to do.


You can reach us by clicking HERE to send us an email message, or call Rachel Stringham at 480.488.6131 x 201.  


Thank you for your personal commitment to land conservation and to Desert Foothills Land Trust!

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