On Friday, May 12, 2023, Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs announced that she signed an $17.8 billion budget for the 2024 fiscal year that features heavy investments in education, transportation, and tax rebates. The budget also includes $6 million for the State Parks Heritage Fund and $500,000 for the Arizona Trail. The Arizona Heritage Alliance and Arizona Preservation Foundation provided strong support, with the help of hundreds of individual and organizational stakeholders across the state, in advocating for these programs benefitting Arizona's cultural, historic, and natural resources.
As the State Legislature is still in session, we'll provide a more detailed recap of all preservation-related funded agencies and programs – along with special thank you's – in our next e-newsletter. View the State Parks Heritage Fund projects funded in the past two fiscal years in the map linked here.