The Cienega Corridor Conservation Council (CCCC) is a forum for stakeholders to keep informed and to strategize about how to protect, steward, and enhance the cultural and natural resources of the Cienega Corridor.
The origins of CCCC can be traced back to 2002 when the “Missing Link” Assessment was conducted in response to the Cienega Corridor being left out of the final legislation establishing the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area due to concerns about land ownership and acquisition. An outgrowth of that assessment was the establishment of the Cienega Corridor Conservation Council in 2003. Modeled after the Sonoita Valley Planning Partnership (SVPP), this multi-stakeholder organization developed a strategic plan for natural and cultural resources and addressed the issues related to mixed land ownership in the Cienega Corridor. Read more about the significant role of the Cienega Corridor Conservation Council in History.
The Cienega Corridor (outlined in yellow) is defined as the area linking Saguaro National Park and Coronado National Forest’s Rincon Wilderness to Las Cienegas National Conservation Area to the south. It includes most of the Sonoita Valley Acquisition Planning District. Most of this area is State land, with some Pima County lands along the Cienega Creek. Privately held land is concentrated around the town of Vail, AZ where there is currently a growth surge.The CCCC attends to issues in the northern region of the Cienega Watershed (the lower or downstream part of the Cienega Creek). Click to open large map in new window >>
Some of the currently active partners in CCCC include:
- Rincon Institute
- Saguaro National Park
- Bureau of Land Management
- U.S. Forest Service
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Arizona Game and Fish
- Pima Association of Governments
- Pima County Parks
- Colossal Cave Mountain Park
- a number of individuals with varied interests
Workgroups & Projects
Currently the CCCC addresses Watershed Issues with our active partners engaged in the following workgroups and/or projects: