Wildlife guide

The Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association honored Buckeye for its innovative work on the Wildlife Corridor Best Practices Guide. (City of Buckeye/Submitted)

Buckeye was honored for its innovative work on the Wildlife Corridor Best Practices Guide, which ensures the city balances growth with the natural desert habitat.

The guide was named as the winner in the master plan/project/study category by the Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association recognizing its comprehensiveness, collaboration and quality.

Wildlife corridors link at least two habitat areas together by allowing animals to move freely between them. Until this guide, little work had been done to develop best management practices for urban wildlife corridors that prioritize larger species such as mule deer, mountain lion and bighorn sheep.

With the goal of maintaining existing biodiversity and connectivity while ensuring community prosperity, the guide takes the environment, growth and quality of life into consideration. 

By collaborating with key stakeholders in the community and studying over 40 wildlife corridor initiatives, one of the region’s first ever guides of its kind now offers the tools to successfully implement and manage wildlife corridors that can be used beyond the city of Buckeye.

The Wildlife Corridor Best Practices Guide is part of the city’s Imagine Buckeye 2040 General Plan overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2018. To learn more about the city’s General Plan, visit buckeyeaz.gov/generalplan.