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  • Maeveen Behan Desert Sanctuary dedicated Nov. 16

    Nov 16, 2013 | Read More News
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    Maeveen Behan crafted an unprecedented land use plan for Pima County that balanced growth and conservation before she died in 2009 at age 48.  Maeveen Behan Slideshow

    On Saturday, Nov. 16, about 75 people, including members of Behan’s family; Pima County Supervisors Ray Carroll, District 4, and Richard Elías, District 5; County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry; and staff from Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, the Regional Flood Control District, Development Services, and the Office of Sustainability and Conservation dedicated the Maeveen Behan Desert Sanctuary at Arthur Pack Regional Park, 9101 N. Thornydale Road.

    The Maeveen Behan Desert Sanctuary is near the pond in the park and has been landscaped with trees and shrubs from the County’s Native Plant Nursery. It has a seating area, a metal arch memorial and birding and mountain views. The 2-mile Maeveen Behan Trail connects with the Arthur Pack Regional Park Trail System, 10 other trails totaling 3.5 miles.

    According to the event program:

    Maeveen’s professional and personal motto was “Just do the right thing.”

    In her 16-year career with Pima County, Maeveen lived by her motto and used it as the model for all her projects, but none reflected this more than her magnum opus – Pima County’s Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan.

    Maeveen understood that doing the right thing could translate to a decade of countless hours of discussion, debate and discovery, often times with those who held opposing viewpoints. But Maeveen’s extraordinary intelligence, boundless energy and her insistence on using science-based principles resonated strongly with jurisdictions, scientists, and neighborhood groups.

    To honor her legacy, the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted to name the land system created by this process The Maeveen Marie Behan Conservation Lands System.

    The Sonoran Desert Conversation Plan forever changed the landscape and culture of Pima County, recognizing that responsible, balanced development is imperative to sustaining and preserving the unique quality of life we all experience in this special desert we call home. Maeveen recognized that our community does things well, but she was always looking for how we can do things better.

    In Maeveen’s words, “Great communities are no accident. They are born out of natural strength and beauty and have a deep respect for ecology, history, culture and diversity. They are inspired by the vision of residents drawn to them. They are brought to maturity through hard work and investment. And they survive because of compromise and consensus. In a sense they achieve balance.”

    And for Maeveen, this is simply just doing the right thing.