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  • “This Land is Your Land” booklet celebrates 40 years of voter-supported conservation

    Oct 06, 2016 | Read More News
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    This is your landPima County has been conserving our community’s open spaces and fragile desert ecosystems since it created the Tucson Mountain Park in 1929. Starting in 1974, county voters began approving a series of bond programs to acquire more of these lands so that today, the county owns and manages over 230,000 acres of important natural and cultural areas. By comparison, that’s one third bigger in the aggregate than Lake Mead (158,000 acres). 

    To tell this land preservation story, the county has published a 48-page booklet that explains how and why Pima County acquired these lands and the public’s role in funding their acquisition. The booklet includes a map and a guide for public recreational uses, such as hiking, birdwatching, and mountain biking. 

    Among the acquired lands are spots as small as Los Morteros, which is a 120-acre site in Marana preserving an ancient Hohokam village, to huge 30,000-acre rural ranches such as Rancho Seco, a working cattle ranch near Arivaca. 

    The booklet explains the numerous benefits the public receives conserving these lands besides recreation, including endangered species protection, economic growth, public health and flood damage reduction.  

    The booklet will be available at an event Oct. 13 at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to celebrate the federal approval of the County’s Multi-Species Conservation Plan. That plan, along with the larger Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, allowed the county to receive a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that streamlines the approval process for building in areas containing threatened or endangered species. 

    The booklet is available online as is more information about the county’s natural resource areas

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