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McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Re-Brands Research Facility in Honor of $600K Grant
The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy will re-brand its research facility as The Parsons Field Institute in honor of its recent $600,000 grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. The grant will support the field office for three years, allowing the Conservancy to continue important work such as assessing the impact of urban stressors and climate change on the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and improving practices in ecological restoration.
“We are grateful to Bob and Renee Parsons for their ongoing support of our goal to become the leader in urban preserve management and be long-time stewards of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve,” said executive director of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Justin Owen. “Funding for The Parsons Field Institute will allow us to deepen our research and expand community programs in the areas of education, advocacy and access.”
Over the past six years, the Foundation has granted the Conservancy more than $800,000. BIG YAM, The Parsons Agency, an advertising firm owned by Bob Parsons, will also donate $100,000 of pro-bono work to the Conservancy.
“I’ve always said that Arizona is one of the last great states for business, and it is undeniably a beautiful place to live,” said American businessman and philanthropist Bob Parsons. “We believe in maintaining a balance between development and preservation, which is why we support the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and the work being done to protect and promote our state’s natural resources.”