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Area Land Plan.
The Economic Benefits of Open Space and Trails in Pinal County, Arizona
In 2008, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) held an open application process for an economic analysis of open lands pilot study in the West. TPL received many well-qualified applications from counties across the West. TPL selected Pinal County, Arizona, The report is a complete analysis of the economic benefits of Pinal County’s parks, open space, and trails.
Click here to read this important and informative report.
This land is pristine Sonoran Desert foothills, rich in native habitat, wildlife, and watersheds. It is a small portion of the over 9 million acres managed by the Arizona State Land Department whose mandate is to use state trust land ‘for the sole purpose of generating revenues’ for beneficiaries such as Arizona K-12 education.
As urban sprawl creeps eastward from the Phoenix suburbs, pressure from developers to buy state trust land increases. Recognizing that these boundary state trust lands were vulnerable, the Superstition Area Land Trust began working with local, county, state and federal entities to conserve the land as natural open space.
Superstition Area Land Trust profiled by the Sonoran Institute.
In 2012, the Sonoran Institute published an article summarizing the value of conserving the state trust lands in the Superstition Mountain area. Click here to read the entire article.