McDowell Mountain Preservation Commission


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Name Role Term Started Term Ends
Thomas Aiello Commissioner 02/19/2019 10/31/2021
Tom Barberic Vice Chairman 02/19/2019 10/31/2022
Bill Craig Commissioner 02/19/2019 10/31/2021
Steven Nurney
05/04/2021 10/31/2022
Scott Grzybowski
Janice Holden Commissioner 11/01/2020 10/31/2023
DJ Willard Commissioner 11/01/2020 10/31/2023

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The Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve, also known as the Preserve, encompasses a scenic area of mountainous, pristine land that will be preserved in its natural state for the benefit of this and future generations.

In order for the Town of Fountain Hills to provide trails, trail head locations and safeguard the Preserve, a thorough set of regulations is needed. These regulations are specifically intended to accomplish the following:
  • Maintain the existing, undisturbed desert landscape
  • Provide regulations that will protect wildlife habitats and limit human encroachment to specific areas within the Preserve
  • Provide use regulations for the Adero Canyon Trailhead that grants public access into the Preserve
  • Provide use regulations for the Golden Eagle Trailhead, including access control into the Preserve through McDowell Mountain Park
  • Provide for the development of a trail system within the Preserve and connectivity to abutting trail systems in the City of Scottsdale and within McDowell Mountain Park