Advocacy Overview


Pronghorn, Photo courtesy: Bryan Marshall

An important part of our mission is to advocate for the preservation of wildlife. Our Board members and our volunteers regularly attend meetings of the Flagstaff City Council, Coconino County Board of Supervisors, Flagstaff Open Spaces Commission, Citizens Advisory Committee for the revision of the Regional Plan, Focus Groups for the revision of the Land Development Code and Regional Plan, and Town Halls for the Regional Plan. We use these venues to voice concerns, provide information and stay informed about issues affecting wildlife.

Habitat Harmony was instrumental in prairie dogs being recognized as a ”species of greatest concern” in the revision of Flagstaff’s Land Development Code. The event that brought this to the attention of those revising the Land Development Code was Habitat Harmony’s participation in saving part of a prairie dog colony from destruction during the installation of a sewer and water line. Habitat Harmony worked successfully with city staff and the developer who recommended that prairie dog colonies be included in the planning process early enough to implement preservation measures.Prairie Dogs recently translocated in Flagstaff

As city staff and the Consultant for the Land Development Code worked to include concern for prairie dogs as a "species of greatest conservation need," they asked Habitat Harmony to provide a map of prairie dog colonies in the city. With input from County Environmental Health, NAU professors and students, and long-time Habitat Harmony volunteers, the map was created.

In addition to land development, transportation is a serious concern for prairie dogs. Habitat Harmony submitted comments on the Regional Transportation Plan passed by the Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization. Important issues addressed included:

  1. requiring that the Transportation Plan be subject to the new Regional Plan which will not be in effect until 2012
  2. objection to bypasses which would have a negative impact on wildlife corridors and wetlands
  3. support for a Conservation Lands System, Best Management Practices, and the need for a city staff biologist.