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Desert Foothills Land Trust was formed in 1991 by community leaders who wanted to protect the native plants and animals, the land and water resources, and the archeological and historical sites that are an integral part of this sensitive landscape. As is true of many Desert Foothills nonprofit organizations, DFLT was initially formed as a result of the vision of the Cave Creek Improvement Association, and with the support of the Foothills Community Foundation. 


Since our formation in 1991, Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT) has evolved into a committed and stable organization dedicated to protecting the special places unique to the Sonoran Desert Foothills area of central Arizona. To date, DFLT has conserved nearly 1,100 acres on 29 preserves. These open spaces will be protected by DFLT in perpetuity, ensuring that the land remains forever in its natural state. Many of our preserves are open to the public, providing opportunities for recreation and exploration to all area residents and visitors. 


At its conception, DFLT was an all-volunteer organization. Presently, the organization consists of 6 volunteer members on the Board of Directors, a staff of three professionals, and dozens of other talented volunteers that serve in various ways. Land Trust-conserved properties are overseen by trained Stewards, the organized hikes are lead by trained Docents and the majority of our events and projects are overseen and organized collectively by volunteers with a variety of background experience.


The Land Trust is continuing its work to acquire special natural areas, to steward these lands in perpetuity, and to connect people to these incredible places. We invite you to get involved! Donate, volunteer, and spread the word about this important work!


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