The Avra Valley Habitat Conservation Plan was created to protect and conserve vulnerable species located in the Avra Valley retired farmlands, more than 20,000-acre area Tucson purchased decades ago.

The city is now hosting two public open houses to solicit local residents' opinions of the plan and their thoughts on how best to protect the area.

The city must engage its residents to have the proposed plan approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"We have several objectives," says Fernando Molina, a public information officer for Tucson Water.

"Number one, we have to manage it--we have 22,000 acres we still have to manage--but number two, I think we will see that perhaps that land as it does today play an important role in our water supply with our recharge and recovery projects out there," says Molina.

The open houses are currently scheduled on Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Picture Rocks Community Center on 5615 N. Sanders Road, and on Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Robles Ranch Community Center on 16150 W. Ajo Highway.