Preserve requesting inclusion of three documents to help manage

A scenic view of of the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. (file photo)

A scenic view of of the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. (file photo)

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is looking for the Scottsdale City Council to approve three documents to include in the Preserve Resource Management Plan.

City council will vote on the matter, which is on the consent agenda, during its Friday, Dec. 2 meeting.

The three documents are the Cultural Resource Master Plan, Ecological Resource Plan and the Conceptual Rock Climbing Planning.

According to a city staff proposal, staff is recommending the council approve these documents because it “will give the city staff the appropriate tools to successfully manage the Preserve.”

The Cultural Resource Master Plan “promotes the protection and interpretation of cultural resources in the Preserve for present and future generations and encourages a sense of resource stewardship among the general public,” the proposal states.

This plan, according to the proposal, would provide the city, other preserve stakeholders and the general public information to understand how historic preservation planning helps the city and management reach its goals for the preserve.

Additionally, the plan features results of public polling about the prioritization of preservation issues and had recommendations for preserve management’s cultural resources. The plan also has suggestions for implementing interpretive and educational programming in the preserve.

According to a proposal, the Ecological Resource Plan’s goal is to “ensure a science-based understanding of the plants, animals and biodiversity of the preserve in a manner that promotes the long-term sustainability of those resources and the restoration of degraded lands.”

Additionally, this plan monitors key resources and ecological indicators to detect changes that may cause concern. The plan will also help the resource management plan by providing scientific references for elements such as trails, trailhead, rock climbing and cultural plans.

The final plan is the Conceptual Rock Climbing Plan, which is an expansion of the 2011 rock climbing plan.

The updated plan features work between members of the rock climbing community and city staff to develop a draft plan that broadens the scope of the 2011 plan to include Granite Mountain.

News Services Reporter Josh Martinez can be contacted at jmartinez@newszap.com or at 623-445-2738

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