Rincon Institute
The Cienega Corridor Conservation Council

The mission of the Council is “to protect, steward, and enhance the cultural and natural resources of the Cienega Corridor.” The Cienega Corridor is defined as the area linking Saguaro National Park and Coronado National Forest Rincon Wilderness to Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. It includes most of the Sonoita Valley Acquisition Planning District.

Cienega Creek Map In 2002, the Sonoran Institute helped facilitate formation of a locally-based, multi-stakeholder organization in the area formerly known as the Missing Link (now called the Cienega Corridor). The Cienega Corridor Conservation Council (the Council) comprises local landowners, recreationalists, biologists, public land managers, developers, retirees, businesspeople and other citizens.

Impetus for creation of the Council came from recommendations provided by the Sonoran Institute in our 2002 report to Congress (the Missing Link Assessment). The Cienega Corridor was included in the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area bill sent to Congress in 1999, but was left out of the final legislation establishing the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area due to concerns about land ownership and acquisition.

Congress instead mandated preparation of the Missing Link Assessment to explore the regional significance of the Cienega Corridor and offer recommendations for its management and protection. The Missing Link Assessment concluded that Cienega Corridor protection is crucial for regional biological and economic health, as well as preservation of cultural heritage and archaeological sites. The Assessment recommended a community-based collaborative management approach for the Cienega Corridor, as embodied in the Council.

View minutes from previous council meetings for more information about Council activities.

Many partners are involved in the Cienega Corridor Conservation Council.
They include:

The Academy Village
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Arizona Trail Association
Bureau of Land Management Tucson Field Office
Colossal Cave Mountain Park
Coronado National Forest 
MTB Access
National Park Service
Pima Association of Governments
Pima County Cultural Resources
Pima County Department of Transportation
Pima County Development Services
Pima County Flood Control District
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation
Rincon Institute
Saguaro National Park
Sky Island Alliance
Sonoita Valley Planning Partnership
Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists
Sonoran Institute
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S.D.A. Forest Service
University of Arizona
University of Arizona School of Natural Resources

Contact Lynsey Gould at (520) 647-7388 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more inforamtion or how you can get involved!