About Cienega Watershed Partnership

Ciénega Watershed Partnership facilitates cooperative actions that steward the natural and cultural resources of the Ciénega Watershed, just outside of Tucson, Arizona in the rolling grasslands of the Sonoita Valley. The area’s grasslands and oak-studded hills connecting several sky island mountain ranges offer important habitat for a wide range of wildlife species. Ciénega Creek, with its perennial flow and lush riparian corridor, forms the lifeblood of the NCA and supports a diverse plant and animal community. This high biodiversity of the area is due to the mix of Desert Grassland, Oak Savanna, Desert Scrub and Riparian Gallery Forest biotic communities, with temperate and sub-tropical influences from the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Madre Occidental. Once facing an uncertain future that almost certainly included development, today more than 45,000 acres is protected thanks to the efforts of local governments, elected officials and the public.

From the blog

  • 10.11.11

    One-minute success stories from the Friends Rendezvous

    One of our favorite moments at the recent Friends Rendezvous in Indian Wells, CA actually consisted of several moments—when individual people stood up and told stories about their organization’s recent conservation successes, in one minute or less. Some of them were funny, poignant, even raucous. All were inspiring. They were … read more