Oracle Land Trust was initially formed by a small group of people who wanted to save beautiful, historic Oracle Hill from developement by fundraising and buying the parcel of land from the developers.
The chain of events culminating in our creation started almost 40 years ago in 1968. Local rancher and land owner Rulon Goodman gained Oracle Hill and the 640 ajoining acres in a land exchange with Coronado National Forest. Mr. Goodman retained ownership of Oracle Hill until 1986 when he sold the Oracle Hill parcel to Cherokee Dev Ltd. Cherokee Dev Ltd. then employed WLB Group in Tucson to master plan Oracle Hill as well as two other parcels of land in the vicinity of Oracle. It wasn't until the Pinal County supervisors changed zoning laws in 1999, in some instances allowing 12 houses an acre, that OLT was born.
Since then, we have educated ourselves as to what Conservation Easements are and how to put them in place and what the role of a land trust really is. We have also started networking with landowners, ranchers, developers, and other land trusts & organizations that have initiated viable ways to conserve land.
While we have never waivered from our initial "Save Oracle Hill" Campaign we have expanded our outlook to include other watershed areas immediate to Oracle such as American Flag Hill and Alto Hill. We have also created two other campaigns, the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program and Grasslands Reserve Program.
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