On August 19, 2019, the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved, unanimously, to accept the donation of 120 acres of undeveloped land located east of Sonoita Highway and south of Interstate 10 within the Cienega Valley and adjacent to the County’s Bar V Ranch.
Margaret M. Kidwell originally contacted Arizona Land and Water Trust in hopes of preserving her biologically rich landscape. After learning about her hopes and wishes for the property, the Trust organized a tour of the property to connect her with Pima County staff to continue the conversation about a potential donation of the property to the County.
The protection of this priority landscape will preserve a diversity of native plants and wildlife, including the rare Total Wreck Talussnails that call the property home. Talussnails are protected under Pima County’s Multi-Species Conservation Plan and federal Section 10 permits. This property will serve as an important natural area within the County’s conservation lands system and help provide mitigation for its public work projects.
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation will manage the property. “We will manage the property for conservation, per the donor’s wishes, to make sure it remains undeveloped and to protect the native plants and wildlife on the property,” said Nicole Fyffe, executive assistant in the County Administrator’s Office.
Arizona Land and Water Trust and Pima County, together, have protected more than 32,000 acres.