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Yavapai-Prescott Tribe, Arizona

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Badger Mountain and nearby state trust land has been classified as suitable for conservation, opening the door for its lease or purchase for that purpose, Gov. Jane Hull said July 31. The 1,556 acres south and east of Prescott also adjoin Prescott Valley and the home of the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe. Ten percent is within the Prescott city limits. Besides the mountain, the land includes a portion of Government Canyon and areas along Senator Highway. The action was taken under the Arizona Preserve Initiative voters approved in 1996 and makes the land eligible for matching state conservation grants. Additionally, no payment would be required for acquisition of about 1,280 acres for conservation under the Hull-backed Growing Smarter Plus open-space initiative facing voters Nov. 7. "I'm delighted that we are moving forward in protecting state trust land in the area so future generations will know its appeal," Hull said. The conservation classification was sought by the Open Space Alliance of Central Yavapai County with support from Prescott and the county's Board of Supervisors. The next step would be for the alliance or another party to apply for acquisition of the land for conservation, subject to a successful bid at a state auction.

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