• Open Space Preservation: A Case Study of Mohave, Yavapai, and Cochise Counties in Arizona

      Mirela, Hromatka (The University of Arizona., 2005)
      Open space preservation becomes an increasingly important concern in areas with a rapid population growth and extensive land consumption. Open space provides multiple benefits to people on both local and regional scales, including recreational, environmental, economic, and ecological benefits. Land ownership determines how land is managed, utilized, or conserved. Taking this into consideration, some lands are designated for open space and permanently preserved while others can be sold and lost to different uses, such as residential and commercial. Different stakeholders are involved in preservation of open space, including governments, private conservation organizations and others, and they all have a great impact on preservation efforts. In Arizona, land consumption outpaced the population growth, meaning that land is consumed at a faster rate than necessary. Rural communities are often targets of the increased interest of urban population in rural lifestyle and healthier living. These communities experience an escalating demand for land and housing in relatively close proximity to open space. This research was done to explore the idea of how some of Arizona’s rural counties plan for preservation of open space. Different open space preservation techniques are employed by each of the three selected Arizona counties, depending on needs, demands, desires, and availability of funding for preservation.