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Preserve Vistoso Pulse

Feb 15, 2023

Update from Preserve Vistoso (February 15, 2023 Pulse)

(1) Volunteer Needed to Assist on the Preserve Vistoso website, (2) Attend Next Vistoso Trails Meeting on Tuesday, February 21 at 6:00 PM in Town Council Chambers, (3) Preserve Vistoso has a new Mission Statement, (4) Vistoso Trails Field Guide

Volunteer Needed to Assist on Preserve Vistoso Website       

If you have website development skills (or familiarity with PowerPoint, MS Word or other similar programs) and would like to volunteer for a few hours each month to help us maintain and enhance our website, please let us know. We are looking for someone with experience developing and maintaining websites who is willing to commit to 5-20 hours per month. Prior experience with the WIX platform is desirable, but not necessary. You’d be helping Preserve Vistoso provide important information to our community. You can reach us at with your contact information and we’ll get back to you.

Attend Next Vistoso Trails Planning Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6 p.m.  Town Council Chambers 

Last year, the Town selected Sites Southwest as the consultants to develop a Master Plan for Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve. Sites Southwest is scheduled to present a draft of the Vistoso Trails Master Plan to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) on February 21 at 6 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers,11000 N La Cañada Drive. There will be opportunities for you to comment or ask questions about the plan. The consultants interviewed stakeholders in November and provided a draft Master Plan for our initial community comments in January. The draft of the Master Plan will be presented to Town Council on April 18.  

Our New Mission: Friends of Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve

Promote the public support and appreciation of the natural beauty and recreational amenities of Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve for the inspiration, education and enjoyment of current and future generations.

We’re excited to announce that we are transitioning to a new role and a new mission: partnering with the Town of Oro Valley to support the implementation of the soon to be completed Vistoso Trails Master Plan. We’ve had several conversations with Kristy Diaz-Trahan, Oro Valley Director of Parks and Recreation, about how we can work together to realize the vision of the preserve and we’re excited to further define our new role. Stay tuned for more information but we hope our membership will remain involved as Friends of Vistoso Trails. We know many of you are eager to work on restoring Vistoso Trails and there will be many opportunities for volunteers as we transition.

Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve Field Guide Jake Smith, a resident of Rancho Vistoso, prepared a wonderful, comprehensive field guide to the Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve and recently updated some of the photos. It contains hundreds of photographs and descriptions of what you can observe in the Preserve. You can click on the cover of the Preserve in the image below to view the full Guide or click on an individual chapter in the list below the cover. See how many plants, birds and animals you can find while walking the trails.

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