Natural Environment Preservation

2020-21 Finalists

These projects represent improvements to the natural environment through projects such as hiking trails, riparian areas, preserves, trailheads, parks and habitat restoration.

The winners will be announced at the 40th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards gala presented by SRP in the spring of 2022.

Fraesfield and Granite Mountain Trailheads

Fraesfield and Granite Mountain Trailheads

The Fraesfield and Granite Mountain Trailheads, part of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, were disturbed trailhead sites in need of restoration. The project restored the natural habitat while expanding and facilitating access into the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, allowing the natural environment to guide the design of sustainable amenities that provide refuge, shade and shelter. The eco-friendly trailheads utilize desert-appropriate materials and limit their environmental impact while blending into the surrounding landscape. Each strives to leave a positive impact on the environment while educating the public about sustainability and preservation through interpretive signage.

City of Scottsdale, SmithGroup

The Path to Protection at Oak Creek

The Path to Protection at Oak Creek

The Path to Protection at Oak Creek is a restoration project designed to protect the water quality of Oak Creek, which poses a risk to public and environmental health due to E. coli contamination. Arizona State Parks & Trails, Arizona Department of Transportation, National Forest Foundation, Oak Creek Watershed Council and other entities are working together and engaging the public to protect and restore Oak Creek, a must-see destination in Sedona’s red rocks. The project rehabilitated trails, constructed fences, closed unauthorized parking locations, and removed litter to protect the area.

ADEQ, Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona State Parks & Trails

Finalists

Finalists

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