Phoenix, Scottsdale seek to expand preserves
Web Producer: Taylor Avey
PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix and Scottsdale are vying for $20 million in grants from a state conservation fund for the purpose of adding large tracts of state trust land to their desert preserves later this year.
The Arizona Republic reports that Scottsdale applied for its share of the fund to buy 6,400 acres in far north Scottsdale and Phoenix is asking for funds to split the cost of adding 1,544 acres to its Sonoran Preserve.
Phoenix and Scottsdale are competing for a share of the remaining $40 million in Growing Smarter funds.
The Growing Smarter conservation program has provided $174 million in matching grants to preserve 16,031 acres of trust land over the past decade in those two cities along with land in Cave Creek and near Tucson and Flagstaff.
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