Letter: Granite Dells
June 11 the Courier ran a story entitled, “Unique landscape in Granite Dells to be preserved.” Both the title and the article created confusion, leading some readers to believe that Prescott’s beautiful Granite Dells no longer face threats from development. This is emphatically not the case! The story in question dealt with 47 acres of the Granite Dells west of Highway 89 near Granite Dells Senior Living. While it’s wonderful that the Ecosa Institute arranged a conservation easement for this environmentally sensitive property, it has nothing to do with the development risks still threatening the roughly 500 acres east of Highway 89 that most of us consider the heart of our Granite Dells. The Peavine Trail, Point of Rocks, Boulder Creek, No-Name Creek, Iron King Trail: these are names that come to mind when we in Prescott think of our beloved Dells. And, this area is still firmly locked in the sights of Arizona Eco Development, a company that wants to fill it with hundreds of homes. Development and growth are not dirty words, but the undeveloped portion of The Granite Dells, with its 1.4 billion-year-old granite spires and domes, its habitat for an incredible variety of wildlife, its stunning vistas, and its many opportunities for recreation, is one of Arizona’s most unique and treasured landscapes. This beautiful land is still at risk, and we all need to make our voices heard so that, like Ecosa Institute’s 47 acres, the heart of our Granite Dells is preserved for future generations.