In an effort to maintain and protect the native plant and wildlife, as well as retain some semblance of its history and origins, the city has agreed to set aside more land for preservation.
For years, golf courses, shopping malls, spas, galleries, bars, restaurants, retailers, spring-training facilities and the like has encroached upon the once sprawling desert landscape, greatly altering its uniquely “Western” appeal. It’s no wonder however. For decades now, Arizona is one of the country’s fastest growing cities in the country.
This conscientious and ecologically-driven mindset is reflected in the rustic, natural landscaping of newer, more ecologically-advanced communities in the DC Ranch area.
Residents of the charming, upscale, north Scottsdale communities of Grayhawk and Silverleaf, live among native desert plants along their roadways and in their yards as well as their public spaces.
Now, it seems the rest of Scottsdale is following suit. Through a voter-decided local sales tax and state-provided matching grants, Scottsdale has worked harder than ever to protect its open spaces from development.
According to conservationists, the past few decades of rapid development have resulted in harmed wildlife habitats, pollution, higher temperatures, air and water pollution and more.
As a result, Scottsdale has increased the area of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve to 30,000 acres in the past five years, creating the largest municipality-owned urban park in the U.S. Just this past week, an additional 2,365 additional acres of state trust land was set aside was preservation as well.