Book highlights Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve effort

Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is among the largest urban preserves in the United States.

According to Scottsdale officials, the total amount of preserved land is 30,000 acres, according to a press release.

But the creation of the preserved tract of land was never a sure thing, the release states.

“The People’s Preserve: How Scottsdale Created the McDowell Sonoran Preserve,” tells the story of citizen groups, elected officials, outdoor enthusiasts, the hospitality industry, real estate developers, students and voters coming together to preserve a special slice of Scottsdale.

The book is available for purchase at

Those who don’t wish to buy a copy can download the text for free, the release states.

Community historian and author Joan Fudala interviewed nearly 50 community members, elected officials and preservation advocates, and scoured publications and records to write the book, which includes dozens of historic photographs.

Ms. Fudala will hold two book signings in November where people can receive complimentary copies:

• 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at the Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
• 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St.

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