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February 2021 Newsletter Theme

Arizona's Trails:
Improving our Health and the Economy.

The AALC has always celebrated our state's wonderful trail systems - large and small. During the past year, however, the pandemic has made us value outdoor recreation opportunities even more than before.

In this month's newsletter we highlight organizations that have made some of our wonderful trails possible and share some ways to support their efforts. 

Scroll down for resources, articles, ways to engage and other relevant Arizona Livable Communities info.
From Mexico to Utah:
The 800 mile Arizona Trail 

The Arizona National Scenic Trail is a complete non-motorized path, stretching 800 diverse miles across Arizona from Mexico to Utah. It links deserts, mountains, canyons, forests, communities and people. 

From old mining towns to large metropolitan areas, the Arizona Trail Gateway Communities offer a variety of experiences for the outdoor enthusiast. Learn everything there is to know about the Arizona Trail by browsing the interactive the Arizona Trail Storymap

Explore all the great work of the Arizona Trail Association, its sponsors, and its volunteers at
From Douglas to Las Vegas:
The proposed 1,500 mile Sun Corridor Trail 


While the Arizona Trail effort began over three decades ago, a more recent endeavor of the Sun Corridor Trail Alliance to create an approximately 1,500 mile trail that meanders through the scenic Southwest has started to gain more traction.

The Sun Corridor Trail is an accessible, multi-use trail that combines existing and proposed connections between Douglas, AZ and Las Vegas, NV. Part of the Sun Corridor Trail includes the 315 mile Maricopa Trail that encircles the Valley of the Sun. 


ACT NOW: Support the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund 

In 1990, a voter initiative created the Arizona Heritage fund, which split $20 million annually between the State Parks Fund and the Game and Fish Heritage Fund using lottery money. Proceeds helped to fund outdoor recreation efforts across the state, including many of the projects that made the Arizona Trail possible.

During the Great Recession, the Parks Fund lost its funding. The Arizona Heritage Alliance has been working hard ever since to restore the funding. 


ACTION NEEDED: In the current 2021 Arizona Legislative session, there are two bills working to restore money to the State Parks Heritage fund. 
  • HB2127 would appropriate one time funding of $10million to the Parks Heritage Fund from the state general fund 
  • SB1384 would appropriate ongoing funding to the Parks Heritage Fund using state lottery money
HOW TO ENGAGE: For those with an Arizona Request to Speak Account, the Heritage Alliance needs more folks to sign in and indicate their SUPPORT for both bills. For those without an existing RTS account, contact your state legislators. 
  • Click here to find your legislators and look up their phone numbers/emails
  • Click here for Talking Points from the Arizona Heritage Alliance 

Why Support more Trails? 

What Else We're Reading 


A new report from the LISC Research and Evaluation and LISC Policy teams investigates the local and state policies that help (or hinder) communities working to advance economic mobility and racial equity. Drawing on feedback from dozens of community partners and government agencies, the report analyzes the particular need for more affordable housing and inclusive economic development in local places, and common efforts to undo systemic discrimination—all of which rely on good state and local policy to move forward, especially as communities recover from the pandemic.

From Urban Land Institute AZ: Advancing Health & Equity Through Workforce Housing 


Through an initiative that seeks to demonstrate the connection between health, social equity, and living environments, the ULI Arizona Task Force Summary Report offers solutions to the expanding housing affordability crisis facing essential service providers and other moderate-income workers throughout the Phoenix metropolitan region.
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