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    Scottsdale acquires more preserve land

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    City of Scottsdale
    NEWS RELEASE
    Dec. 7, 2011

    Contact: Kelly Corsette, communications & public affairs director, 480-312-2336, kcorsette@scottsdaleaz.gov

    Successful auction bid expands preserve by nearly 2,000 acres

    The city of Scottsdale acquired 1,937 acres of land for the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve at a state land auction today. The city was the only bidder.

    The city’s successful bid was $ 41 million – approximately $17.3 million of that will come from a Growing Smarter State Trust Land Acquisition Grant, approved by the Arizona State Parks Board in September. The remainder of the purchase price will come from money generated by two dedicated sales taxes approved by Scottsdale voters in 1995 and 2004. The use of state grant funding frees additional dollars to be used on future purchases.

    “Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a wonderful natural resource that is growing bigger and better thanks to this acquisition and another we hope to make next week,” said Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “Purchases like this expand the preserve and also demonstrate Scottsdale’s commitment to the natural environment and to an unbeatable quality of life. Tapping matching grant funds has expanded our purchasing power and is helping Scottsdale get maximum value for preserve dollars.”

    With today’s acquisition, Scottsdale has established an important wildlife corridor by connecting approximately 13,000 acres of land in the McDowell Mountains to approximately 4,000 acres north of Dynamite for a current total of protected Preserve lands of approximately 19,000 acres and has a long-range goal to expand the preserve to about 34,000 acres, nearly a third of the city’s land area.

    The preserve land acquired today includes rolling topography with exposed bedrock, boulder outcrops, portions of Fraesfield Mountain and Rock Knob and upper Sonoran Desert vegetation with a number of washes housing abundant wildlife. The lands generally are located north of Pinnacle Peak Road alignment, south of the Lone Mountain alignment and between 128th Street and 136th street alignments. It is within a “recommended study boundary” that includes all of the land targeted to be part of the preserve, permanently protecting the acreage from development.

    Learn more about the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve at Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
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    Hopefully they can create a more user friendly trail experience than what is currently being offered at SoMo. Hopefully the McDowells can be a little more progressive than Somo and actually work with the Mtn biking community, unfortunately they will never have a trail like National...oh wells cant have it both i guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buggy View Post
    Hopefully they can create a more user friendly trail experience than what is currently being offered at SoMo. Hopefully the McDowells can be a little more progressive than Somo and actually work with the Mtn biking community, unfortunately they will never have a trail like National...oh wells cant have it both i guess.
    HHHMMMM....will the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy be involved with this piece of land also (my guess is a "yes")? They are pretty protective of the preserve and the fauna and flora therein. Much more so than any City of Phoenix Park/Preserve ranger out there. For example, the Scottsdale Preserve folks don't like anyone to be out in the preserve at night. That time is for the wildlife. While in the city of PHX it's all like, what evs........

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhxChem View Post
    HHHMMMM....will the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy be involved with this piece of land also (my guess is a "yes")? They are pretty protective of the preserve and the fauna and flora therein. Much more so than any City of Phoenix Park/Preserve ranger out there. For example, the Scottsdale Preserve folks don't like anyone to be out in the preserve at night. That time is for the wildlife. While in the city of PHX it's all like, what evs........
    I'm not 100% on this info, but, there are several stakeholders involved with the Preserve. There are the city's trail planners and staffers, and then the Sonoran Conservancy which includes the Stewards. The staff is extremely communicative and proactive about seeking input from all user groups - I have had excellent correspondences and conversations with them. Just reach out to them and be constructive, you will find some very good people willing to listen. The Conservancy folks adhere to the Preserve Charter and as a group are somewhat dominated by hikers, older folks, and leans towards a more pastoral view of the Preserve than we riders.

    Key to remember is the Preserve charter does not condone construction, only access. Coupled with the Planners' commitment to multiuse and and lack of technical terrain, you have the types of trails we're all familiar with - generally bikable, but no features. That's the reality of the Preserve, its very established and you will not get anywhere trying to go around it.

    In my limited experience I've found the less-traveled trails in the Preserve to be the least uptight. Brown's Ranch, East End, etc. This is no different than say 620 vs. National at Somo. I have almost no problems with other trail users in the Preserve, but I rarely have trail problems at all - be nice, share the trail, announce your intentions, and if someone get's butthurt be firm but polite knowing you've already done all the things you should.

    Night riding is not allowed in the Preserve.
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    I love the preserve. My favorite place to ride ever!

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    Sweet, P&D + McDowells is going to be one big, huge contiguous riding area. Right now there's a mile of gravel road down 132nd St. that connects the two.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn-Rider View Post
    Sweet, P&D + McDowells is going to be one big, huge contiguous riding area. Right now there's a mile of gravel road down 132nd St. that connects the two.
    That gravel road is not the end state. There will eventually be a trail connecting P/D to Tom's Thumb. Think of the possibilities.

    Plans are in process for which trails to keep, get rid of and build out at P/D (and the land connecting it to Tom's Thumb). Stakeholders from the hiking, biking, horse, and rock climbing are involved. There are plans for a major new trailhead at the north end of Alma School road and a couple more smaller ones in the east and west of this area. This area will be pretty much transformed in the coming years. I believe we'll end up with a really great place to ride.

    Oh, and this acquisition is not the end. They are going for another chunk next Wednesday and two more major parcels (all the way up to Tonto) in the next couple of years.

    It's awesome to see a city expend so much capital and effort on open spaces and trails for folks to enjoy them.

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    Excellent news for open space preservation! Phoenix picked up around 1,000 acres this week for the Sonoran preserve as well.

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    more land

    They went and did it again
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    City of Scottsdale" />>>
    NEWS RELEASE>>
    Dec. 14, 2011>>
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    Contact: Kelly Corsette, communications & public affairs director, 480-312-2336>>
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    Successful auction adds 2,482 acres to Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve>>
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    The city of Scottsdale acquired 2,482 acres of land for the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve at a state land auction today in which the city was the only bidder.>>
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    The city’s successful bid was $ 45 million – approximately $19 million of that will come from a Growing Smarter State Trust Land Acquisition Grant approved by the Arizona State Parks Board in September. The remainder of the purchase price will come from money generated by two dedicated sales taxes approved by Scottsdale voters in 1995 and 2004. The use of state grant funding frees additional dollars to be used on future purchases.>>
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    “This week marks a major accomplishment for Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve,” said Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “With these two auctions, we have combined our citizen-approved dedicated sales tax dollars with more than $36 million in state grant money to add nearly seven square miles to the preserve. By leveraging state grant funds over the last three years we have been able to save the city more than $62 million while extending the purchasing power of local sales taxes dedicated to expanding the preserve.” >>
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    With today’s acquisition, Scottsdale’s mountain preserve encompass approximately 21,400 contiguous acres – more than 33 square miles. That is roughly 63 percent of the long-range goal to preserve about 34,000 acres, nearly a third of the city’s land area. Preserving these lands protect an important wildlife corridor by moving the northern boundary closer to a planned connection to the Tonto National Forest north of Stagecoach Pass, an area targeted for possible acquisition in late 2012.>>
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    The preserve land acquired today includes extensive areas of exposed bedrock, boulder outcrops, portions of Cone, Cholla and Granite Mountains and lush upper Sonoran Desert vegetation including Rawhide Wash and a number of other large washes housing abundant wildlife. The lands generally are located north of Dixileta Drive alignment, south of the Dove Valley Road alignment, west of Pima Road and east of 136th street. It is within a “recommended study boundary” that includes all of the land targeted to be part of the preserve, permanently protecting the acreage from development.>>
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