PreserveVistoso.org has worked tirelessly to ensure that the defunct golf course in Rancho Vistoso will soon be a wonderful nature preserve, saving the lives of countless animals, native plants and cacti, and allowing the preservation of Native American petroglyphs. Visitors will be able to walk along the six mile concrete path and enjoy stunning mountain views and bird watch for over two dozen different varieties of feathered creatures. Deer, bobcats, coyote and more will keep their home here. Hat’s off to the entire Board of Directors and all of the local residents who contributed their time and money to make this happen. You can see the most recent updates on their website here.
Here is the latest update straight from their email—
Fire and public safety issues remain the initial priority, including creating a clear, consistent, and sustainable buffer adjacent to existing cart paths and behind the homes that border the property. The current Scope of Work with Brightview involves the following preliminary improvements to the 202-acres as follows:
- Remove sand and debris from all cart paths.
- Trim small shrubs, grasses, and weeds to no more than 5 feet of height from the ground level and within a 5 feet distance on either side of the cart paths.
- Trim trees impacting the cart path to a height of 8 feet using arborist standards.
- Remove sand and debris from within the underpasses.
- Remove noxious weeds from the periphery of the property, and behind homes within 30 feet distance from the property line or common walls.
- Cut and remove desert broom to ground level.
- Buffelgrass and fountain grass will be cut to a height of 3-4 inches, with some cuttings to remain as mulch.
- Mechanical equipment and hand tools will be used for tumble weed abatement reducing all tumble weeds to small particles.
- Minor amounts of debris will be evenly dispersed on-site. Large mounds will be removed for aesthetics.
Work is expected to begin in April and continue through the end of May / early June. During this timeframe, we remind all residents and visitors that no other work is allowed or authorized on the property without first obtaining approvals from the Town or The Conservation Fund. However, the property will remain open for passive recreational visitor use and enjoyment, subject to the temporary closures as described above.
We look forward to completing this important interim step as we continue to work with the Town towards the donation and transfer of the property on or after July 1, 2022. Additional information will be forthcoming as developed.
Again, thank you in advance for your continued cooperation and understanding. Please feel free to contact Kirste Kowalsky ([email protected]) if you have any questions or concerns in the interim.
Nevada and Southwest Director
The Conservation Fund