McDowell Sonoran Preserve Takes National Awards


Photo by Katherine Koenig

Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is in the national spotlight this month with recent praise for its treasures. Sunset magazine just announced winners of its 2012 Environmental Awards in the pages of its March issue. The following are two of the top honors awarded by the magazine’s editors and an esteemed panel of judges.

Best Local Land Trust – McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, Scottsdale

Best Visitor Center – Gateway to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, City of Scottsdale

“The projects and people we honor this year are outstanding in every way,” says Peter Fish, Sunset editor-at-large. “We received massive amounts of e-mails nominating candidates and almost all were very good, so it was a difficult choice.”

The awards celebrate the achievements of people and organizations fighting to keep the West at its most pristine and beautiful.

“The recession has had a silver lining when it comes to the environment,” continues Fish. “Land development and competition from real estate developers is down, meaning that land trusts have a better chance of obtaining and protecting land.”

With recent land acquisitions, the City the 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 Boulevard. |CST

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