Save a Critical Sonoran Desert Wildlife Region
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Please help save an essential and critical regional wildlife linkage in Southern Arizona at Lazy K-Bar Guest Ranch!
Pulte Homes is currently in final planning stages to develop a 178 home gated community on a rural ranch on the edge of the town of Marana. The proposed development ignores that the the ranch is part of a critical regional wildlife linkage of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, a nationally recognized plan that would allow less than 50 homes on a property of this size.
Lazy K-Bar is one half mile north of Saguaro National Park West in the northern Tucson Mountains, at a key point in the Conservation Plan linkage connecting the Park, the Tucson and Tortolita mountain ranges, and the Santa Cruz River- a vibrant cultural and agricultural region dating back thousands of years. Pulte's plan to overdevelop this area puts this all at risk.
Pulte is moving ahead with plans to begin bulldozing in early 2019, and opening a small scenic dead-end road used by wildlife to construction and development that will bring thousands more vehicles a day, not looking for desert tortoise, badger, fox and the multitude of animals who cross the road foraging from lowlands to uplands.
Several developers have backed out or not been approved to develop the ranch over the last several years, but Marana has cleared the way for Pulte by changing the democratic process to contest the plan.
Neighbors have notified Pulte corporation and the town of Marana of our intention to find a better solution. We have had meetings and requested time to find an eco-conscious buyer. We're determined to gather a group of funders and investors to buy the ranch while the plan is still in the early stages of approval in order to protect the corridor according to the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan and begin a better planning process. This could mean a smaller "green" residential development that is appropriate in scale and context, a center for environmental education that tells the rich cultural and natural story of this unique place, a combination, or a choice to not develop at all, depending on the mission and vision of the funders and investors, working with the community.
WE BELIEVE THE 138 ACRE ICONIC LANDSCAPE OF LAZY K-BAR RANCH CAN BE SAVED BY A GENEROUS TEAM OF CONSERVATION-MINDED INVESTORS. If you know an eco-conscious music/movie/media/investor angel or three who'd be interested, ask them to email b.rose@beantreefarm for more information as soon as possible. We probably have until end of August 2018 to come forward with funds and a proposal.
Can't we protect critical lands while allowing our community to grow without destroying the things that make Southern Arizona special — the mountain ranges, riparian areas, habitat that supports abundant wildlife, and places where we can enjoy the solitude of nature? WE THINK SO!
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THANKS SO MUCH for any support or connections you can make to save this important part of our Sonoran Desert for future generations!
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