The Nature Conservancy is donating 151 acres of scenic land in Bear Canyon to Pima County for conservation.
The land is immediately south of the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area at the north end of Bear Canyon Road.
Bear Creek runs through the property and there are springs and shallow groundwater on site. The land slopes up to a cliff that offers views of the cottonwood-lined creek and saguaro-dotted foothills.
In 2008, an appraiser valued the land at $3.9 million. Pima County will pay about $8,000 in title insurance, closing costs and escrow fees to acquire the property. The Board of Supervisors is expected to give the final OK on Tuesday.
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