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Nonprofit aims to turn former Rancho Vistoso golf course into nature preserve

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Preserve Vistoso

Preserve Vistoso has committed to raise $1.8 million by December 15, 2021. 

TUCSON (KVOA) - When the golf course in Rancho Vistoso closed in 2018, the community came together to have a say in what would happen with the 202 acres of Sonoran desert surrounded by 30 neighbors.

The Conservation Fund stepped in and negotiated with the property owner twice, and now there's a purchase agreement.

They didn't want it developed, but rather for it to remain a nature preserve. The Conservation Fund stepped in and negotiated with the property owner twice, and now there's a purchase agreement.

But its contingent upon the community raising $1.8 million by the end of the year. This will then allow The Conservation Fund to purchase the property and place a conservation easement on the parcel of land to assure all present and future developers keep their hands off the property. It will then be donated to the Town of Oro Valley to be managed.

"It's a perfect recreational facility for the citizens, it's especially important to the seniors like me that can't climb in the Catalina Mountains," said Patricia Sturmon. "There are six miles of paved trail that we can easily walk and enjoy the mountain views."

If you would like to donate to "Preserve Vistoso," click here.