This month, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy celebrates 25 years as an organization.
At the Oct. 10 Scottsdale city council meeting, Mayor Jim Lane proclaimed the month of October 2016 as “Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve month recognizing 25 years of partnership with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.”
Formed in 1991, and growing its supporters and volunteer stewards steadily since, the conservancy has celebratory events, along with hikes, talks and presentation, all month long, according to a press release. Visit www.mcdowellsonoran.org/event for up-to-date event information.
A “Preservation Celebration” event on Friday, Nov. 4 will cap the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s 25th Anniversary observance as the organization moves toward the future with nearly 600 steward volunteers, with new office space, and increasing emphasis on activities that enhance the sustainability of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the release stated.
The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is the city of Scottsdale’s primary partner in providing volunteer services to the 30,500-acre preserve, one of the largest urban preserves in the nation.
Conservancy volunteer stewards spent more than 57,000 hours in service to the preserve last year. Stewards serve as trailhead hosts, patrol trails, do trail maintenance projects, lead guided hikes, conduct educational programs and other activities in the preserve.
The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Field Institute, the conservancy’s research arm, conducts and coordinates scientific research focused on sustainability of the preserve.
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