COMMITTEE GOALS: The Habitat Restoration Committee’s objective is to promote the use of regenerative landscape management and organic land care to restore Tucson’s natural habitat so native desert plants and wildlife flourish. The Habitat Restoration Committee will advocate for these techniques by presenting successful projects that demonstrate how organic land care restores healthy soil microbiome and biodiversity without the use of toxic chemicals while also conserving water.
I have had good fortune being one of the region’s leading authorities on color and on sustainable design. My work has appeared in publications nationwide and I’ve been in a film about the ancient Frankincense trail and in a video about recycling. I’m active in leading local groups, including Sustainable Tucson’s Habitat Restoration Group, to help nature, humans and non-humans, participating in political issues, art shows, and have poetry published to protect the last free-flowing river in the Southwest in a book called, San Pedro River Anthology. I’ve helped lead Tucson to become the first city in Arizona to have organic land management in parks and Arizona in being the 4th State to ban wildlife killing contests. I’ve also helped replace an old diesel tram with an electric one in Sabino Canyon. As a nature lover, my goal is to reconnect people with nature through art, poetry and other prose. Protecting biodiversity is essential and compassionate voices must be heard. Born and raised in Ohio, with a life-long love for the Sonoran Desert, I am a “Poet with a Purpose” and passionate about soil regeneration. I am also working on certification through the Organic Farming Association. Find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @RobinMotzer, or via e-mail at Robin@SustainableTucson.org.
Geraldene Grace (GeeGee) Larrington, a native Tucsonan, is a retired pediatric occupational therapist who spent the last 22 years of her career at the Arizona State School for Deaf and Blind (2010). Concerned about children’s health, she joined in the grassroots opposition to Pima County’s consideration of giving a tax break to Monsanto for its greenhouse in Marana and supported Melissa Diane Smith’s educational efforts about GMOs and the toxic herbicide glyphosate (RoundUp) in our foods throughout the county. Attending the Beyond Pesticides conference in Irvine, California, in 2018, GeeGee learned about, and gained special knowledge in, organic landscape management in cities, another important way to both improve health, especially children’s health, and take action against Monsanto. Through her presentation, she spearheaded the City of Tucson starting an organic grass playing fields program that focuses on soil health without the use of pesticides and synthetic chemical fertilizers.