What We Do: National Heritage Area Initiatives

The Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area

The Center for Desert Archaeology is proud of its significant role in establishing both the proposed Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area and the Heritage Alliance that currently manages this initiative. As part of a working group comprised of regional entities and local stakeholders, and with guidance from the National Park Service, the Center managed the initial stages of the designation effort (2003–2007). These included the preparation of a required Feasibility Study and research that informed key portions of that document.

City of Tucson Preservation Officer Jonathan Mabry spearheaded these efforts while he was a member of the Center’s staff. Jonathan now chairs the Board of Directors of the Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance, which—among its many achievements—successfully coordinated with Congressman Raúl Grijalva and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to introduce a bill establishing the Heritage Area in the U.S. House of Representatives. That legislation was approved on October 24, 2007, and re-approved by the House in September 2009.

We encourage you to visit the Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance’s website to learn about the incredible diversity of heritage resources in this enduring valley. The Alliance outlines several ways that you can support the designation initiative as it heads to the U.S. Senate.

For more information on the Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area please contact Vanessa Bechtol, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance, at (520) 429-1394. You may also visit their new website, which educates the public about the proposed Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area.

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