Scottsdale acquires key parcels for McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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Scottsdale acquired 415 acres of land for its McDowell Sonoran Preserve at two state land auctions this week. The city was the only bidder. The city’s successful bids totaled $30.4 million. Funding will come from money generated by two dedicated sales taxes approved by Scottsdale voters in 1995 and 2004. With today’s acquisitions, Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve encompasses more than 30,500 contiguous acres – nearly 47 square miles. That achieves 90 percent of the long-range goal to preserve about 34,000 acres, nearly a third of the city’s land area. Learn more at, search “preserve.”