THE ROLE OF A RIGOROUS GEOINVENTORY OF THE SANTA CRUZ VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA, ARIZONA
The Arizona Geological Survey archives include more than 2,000 geologic and mining documents – geologic and engineering reports, maps, cross sections, correspondence, drill hole data, and more - with a footprint in the heritage area. Of these, ~ 1,500 are unpublished files from the Survey’s mine data archive. Examining, characterizing, and cataloging these documents is the critical first step in evaluating the scope and intrinsic value of the SCVNHa geoinventory. Economic indicators for Santa Cruz County, e.g., unemployment, production, and services, are flat or declining. If properly leveraged and promoted, a geoinventory of SCVNHA has the potential to increase tourism and reinvigorate the local economy.