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  • Canoa Ranch event to raise funds for tree-lined entry

    Feb 24, 2016 | Read More News
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    Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation is partnering with the family of Levi Manning, whose family for decades owned and raised cattle on Green Valley’s Canoa Ranch, on a gala fundraiser Saturday, March 19, from 4 to 8 p.m., with the goal of restoring the tree-lined entryway at the historic park.

    Anza Days at Canoa RanchLevi Manning, who went on to become Tucson mayor, purchased the Canoa property in 1912 and his family developed and ranched on the land through the 1960s. Today, the ranch, which also was home to Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva, is preserved by Pima County as a 4,800-acre remnant of the original 1821 San Ignacio de la Canoa Spanish land grant that covered 17,000 acres and much of what is now Green Valley and Sahuarita. 

    On the 19th, Tyler St. Mark, great-grandson of Levi Manning, will bring artifacts to the ranch for a special exhibit: kitchenware, tools and Native American artifacts and pottery shards from the ranch. Members of the Manning family will be in attendance. 

    Cost for the event, which will feature drinks and hors d’oeuvres, is $20. Guests can view a presentation of the commemorative tree program and have an opportunity to purchase a Canyon Hackberry tree and plaque for $500 honoring the person or organization of their choosing. 

    The tree memorial will re-establish the historical view and arrival experience intended by Levi Manning and his son, Howell Manning Sr., said Valerie Samoy, NRPR special assistant and event coordinator. The plan is to plant 40 trees along the drive in Phase 1 of the project. Staff would plant another 25 in Phase 2 that would line the ranch’s pond.

    Call or email Valerie Samoy to RSVP.  Payment of $20/per person can be made by cash, credit card or check. Make check out to NRPR with Canoa Tree in the memo line and mail to NRPR, 3500 W. River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741.  Tickets will be $30 at the door. 

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