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  • Supervisors approve accepting donation of conservation land in Cienega Valley

    Aug 19, 2019 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors at its Aug. 19 meeting approved 5-0 accepting the donation of 120 acres of undeveloped land within the Cienega Valley and adjacent to the County’s Bar V Ranch.

    The donation of land comes from Margaret M. Kidwell as trustee of the Margaret M. Kidwell Revocable Trust and will be managed by Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation. The parcel is located east of Sonoita Highway and south of Interstate 10.

    The County’s acceptance of the property will allow it to protect a diversity of native plants and wildlife, including the rare Total Wreck Talussnails that were found on the property. The Talussnails are covered by Pima County’s Multi-Species Conservation Plan and federal Section 10 permits
    Ranch area landscape
    The Arizona Land and Water Trust, a non-profit land and water conservation organization, brought the County and the donor together by organizing a tour of the property. County officials believe the property will serve as an important natural area within the County’s conservation lands system and provide mitigation for its public works projects under the Section 10 permit.

    There is limited access to the property; therefore, the County won’t encourage public recreation on it at this time. The Natural Resources Division of NRPR manages over 250,000 acres of natural areas within Pima County. 

    “We will manage the property for conservation, per the donor’s wishes, to make sure it remains undeveloped and to protect the native plants and wildlife on the property,” Nicole Fyffe, executive assistant in the County Administrator’s Office, said. “Pima County applauds the generosity and foresight of Ms. Kidwell.”

    Since 2008, Pima County has accepted 34 donations of land or conservation easements for the purposes of natural area conservation. The donations come from 29 different owners, totaling more than 3,500 acres and valued at approximately $15 million. 

    Most of these donations expanded existing parks and conservation areas. Some donors are private individuals, others are conservation organizations, and others are development companies offsetting future development impacts. Depending on the situation, donations of land or conservation easements to Pima County or another qualified conservation organization can result in tax benefits to the donor.