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Please Take Note! We Are an International Dark-Sky Community

Villagers Urged To Replace Outdoor Lighting To Comply With Community’s Dark Skies Designation

by Joanne Kendrick 

Originally Published in The Villager

In February 2016, Big Park/Village of Oak Creek was designated by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) as the 14th community in the world to be awarded as an International Dark-Sky Community.  According to the IDA, in order to obtain Dark-Sky designation a community must show “exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky through the implementation and enforcement of a quality outdoor lighting ordinance, dark sky education, and citizen support of dark skies.  Dark Sky communities excel in their efforts to promote responsible lighting and dark sky stewardship and set good examples for surrounding communities.”  This year, the Big Park/Village of Oak Creek Dark-Sky Committee submitted its second annual report to the IDA.  Annual reports to the IDA are required to ensure that the standards and objectives of the program are being upheld and progress is being made.

We ask your help in reducing Big Park/Village of Oak Creek light pollution by replacing non-compliant outdoor lighting with dark-sky compliant outdoor lighting.  To determine if your outdoor lighting is compliant, please check the following:

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How to Clean Your Yard for Wildfire Preparedness

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In 2015, the Sedona Fire Department created a video to inform people about wildfires and how to help prevent them in our yards. Long-time Pine Valley resident Rose Marie Licher’s yard was cleaned by the SFD, and in the video you can see how this was done. Please watch, and use their tips applicable to your yard.

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Contact Information for Cattle Problems and Fence Issues

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Cattle problems in our neighborhood, including any issue you notice on Jack’s Canyon:

  • Call Jay Ride at (208) 420-6466.

Fence issues:

  • Call Steve Fiedler at (928) 254-1347 – he will coordinate repairs.

If you have any difficulty contacting them, feel free to send an email to

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