Sands Ranch

As the most significant grasslands habitat acquisition in Pima County’s history, protection of the Sands Ranch, in partnership with the Trust, permanently protects this longtime working ranch. The project also secures a critical link between the Las Cienegas National Conservation …

Clyne Ranch

Expanding an interconnected system of conserved lands stretching from the Santa Rita to the Whetsone Mountains in the Sonoita region south of Tucson, protection of the Clyne Ranch was made possible through the Trust’s partnership with Pima County. The project …

Waterman Property

In partnership with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Trust assisted in expanding protected areas within the Ironwood Forest National Monument. Previously a privately owned inholding, this property is now permanently incorporated …

Bill Roe

Bill has been an active conservationist for many years. Since moving to Tucson in 1975, he has worked for habitat protection and supported legislation and leadership favorable to conservation. Bill was instrumental in fostering the growth of The Nature Conservancy …

Pat P. Lopez, III

A sixth-generation Tucsonan, Pat is a real estate and business attorney whose clients include homebuilders, commercial developers, ranchers, and businesses of all types.  He is a partner in Rusing & Lopez, P.L.L.C. which he formed in 1992 with fellow Stanford  …

Diana Freshwater, President

Diana is a conservationist, land planner, and formerly a partner at The Planning Center, a west coast based planning consulting firm. Diana was the Trust’s first full-time Executive Director, leading the organization to six full-time staff and establishing the Trust …

Ben Brophy, Vice President

Ben comes from a third generation ranching family and is the Managing Partner of the Babacomari Ranch Company in southeast Arizona, the largest contiguous private land parcel in Arizona. Ben has been with Cargill, based in Wichita, Kansas, for over …

Laura Brown

Laura and her husband have been contributing to the Tucson community for more than 25 years. Laura has served on the Board of The Nature Conservancy of Arizona and she currently serves on the Board of Patronato San Xavier. She …