Saturday, November 19, 2016
The Howard Hughes Corporation® Partners with the Nature Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management to Celebrate the History of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area®
The Howard Hughes Corporation® (HHC), developer of the master-planned community of Summerlin®, was recently recognized for its significant role in helping to create a 5,000-plus acre buffer zone along the eastern edge of what is now Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. On Nov. 2, representatives of The Nature Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and The Howard Hughes Corporation, came together to unveil a new plaque at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitors Center that pays tribute to the remarkable and collaborative story of how these three entities worked to ensure the protection of these lands nearly 30 years ago.
According to Tom Warden, SVP, community and government relations for Summerlin, HHC joined the BLM and The Nature Conservancy to form an unprecedented strategic partnership that preserved the scenic nature of the 13 mile loop road , including the site where the Visitor Center stands today. By relocating Summerlin—The Howard Hughes Corporation’s 22,500-acre master planned community—from this site to another more appropriate for development, a “win-win” situation was achieved that allowed for continued economic development in Las Vegas, while also protecting a fragile and pristine natural desert landscape.
“This single act, performed in 1988 three years before the first family moved to Summerlin in 1991, set the tone for the community’s environmentally friendly development policies going forward,” Warden said. “It also helped to preserve and protect Red Rock Canyon, the most stunning natural geographic treasure in southern Nevada, from the encroachment of future development. It’s no accident this landmark has become synonymous with the master-planned community of Summerlin as its backdrop, framing the community’s westernmost edge, providing stunning views and access to year-round world-class hiking and rock-climbing. We are honored to be included on this new plaque and look forward to our continued partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the BLM to ensure the ongoing protection and preservation of Red Rock Canyon.”
The Howard Hughes Corporation’s support of Red Rock Canyon goes well beyond the initial land exchange. In 2001, HHC donated $30,000 to the BLM for trail marker signage throughout the Conservation Area. And in 2002, HHC initiated a second exchange with the BLM in which more than 1,000 additional acres of sensitive high ground along Summerlin’s western border were added into Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This federal exchange also set aside more than 1,200 acres of pristine ridgeline for a future county trails park at the southern tip of Summerlin.
“Red Rock Canyon is one of our legacy projects that demonstrates how diverse partners can find a balance between development and nature,” says Joel Laub, Chair, The Nature Conservancy’s Nevada Board of Trustees. “We’re thrilled the BLM is adding a sign noting our involvement. We want Nevadans and people around the world to understand the Conservancy’s important role in preserving this stunning natural area.”
Two million people a year enjoy this colorful desert landscape and the outdoor recreation it provides. Visitors can take a 13-mile scenic drive, hike, bike, camp, and even possibly catch a glimpse of desert bighorn sheep or desert tortoise. Many people climb the brilliant red rocks while others simply soak up the beauty during camping trips. Additionally, the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association offers a wide variety of classes and events to help people understand and appreciate the area’s natural, historical and cultural history.
Summerlin currently offers new homes encompassing more than 90 floorplans in 21 neighborhoods in four villages: The Ridges, The Cliffs, The Mesa and The Paseos. Homes are available in a variety of styles – from single-family homes to townhomes and condominiums– priced from the $200,000s. Visit Summerlin.com for more information. For more information about Summerlin homes and amenities, visit Summerlin.com.
Developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation, Summerlin began to take shape in 1990 and has ranked in the country’s top 10 best-selling master-planned communities for nearly two decades. Located along the western rim of the Las Vegas valley, Summerlin encompasses 22,500 acres with approximately 7,000 gross acres still remaining to accommodate future growth, including infrastructure, open space and common areas, all within the master plan. The community is currently home to more than 100,000 residents who enjoy an unparalleled list of amenities. These include more than 150 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of trails, 22 public and private schools, 14 houses of worship, nine golf courses, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks and dozens of actively selling floor plans. Homes are available in a variety of styles – from single-family homes to townhomes and condominiums– priced from the $200,000s to more than $2.5 million. For information on custom homesites in The Ridges® please call 702.255.2500. Luxury apartment homes offer monthly rents starting from the $900s. Visit www.summerlin.com for more information.
About The Howard Hughes Corporation®
The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 16 states from New York to Hawai‘i. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC with major offices in New York, Columbia, MD, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Honolulu. For additional information about HHC, visit www.howardhughes.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
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