The Rogers Lake Natural Area ten miles southeast of Flagstaff will be expanded by 80 acres, the Trust for Public Land and Coconino County announced this week.
The County first purchased the wetland area in 2010 and has since created a 6-mile non-motorized trail system, two trailheads and a wildlife viewing platform. The area protects habitats for wildlife including the Mexican spotted owl, migratory waterfowl and elk.
“Rogers Lake is a crown jewel of the County’s Parks & Recreation system and offers an amazing place for people to hike and bike in a beautiful landscape just outside of Flagstaff,” Michael Patrick, Senior Project Manager for The Trust for Public Land, said.
Beverly Miller, whose family has owned the land for almost 70 years, recently sold the acreage to the Trust for Public Land, which then sold it to the County. The land will be managed by County Parks and Recreation, which will work to increase hiking areas and add an outdoor environmental education classroom.
“This land will meet the recommendations of the Joint Land Use Study and previous area plans. It will also be protected for generations to come for activities like hiking, environmental education, biking and other outdoor opportunities,” Matt Ryan, Coconino County District 3 supervisor, said.
The U.S. Navy and National Guard, which have purchased easements for nearby County properties, contributed to the funding for this purchase.