Lend a hand, wildlife projects need your help

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May 28th, 2009

Lend a hand, wildlife projects need your help
Compiled by Doug Burt, public information officer, AGFD

If you are looking for a way to give back to wildlife or just to help out some organizations doing good work for Arizona, here’s a project that can use your help.

June 13-14: Elk habitat improvement project (water catchment & fencing)

Who: Arizona Elk Society (AES)

What: Burro Creek Fence Removal and 26 Bar Adopt-A-Ranch Work Project
We need approximately 80-100 people to accomplish these projects.

When: June 13-14. Due to the remote location, it is suggested that volunteers come up on Friday and camp. Be sure to RSVP because AES will provide dinner on Friday evening, 3 meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday morning. Breakfast will be at 7 a.m. and we will meet at camp at 8 a.m. to start working. Volunteers should plan on working until late afternoon on Saturday. Crews may also work on Sunday morning.

Where: Main Camp will be at Rudd Knoll campsite three miles north of Crescent Lake, SW of Springerville. From Show Low, take Highway 260 east toward Springerville, turn south on paved Highway 273 (3 miles east of Springerville) and head south 17 miles. Look for signs at campsite on left side of the road. This is primitive camping (there are no facilities). Camping is also available at Big Lake campground. Meals and meetings will take place at Rudd Knoll Camping area.

Description: Volunteers are needed to help with two AES work projects, south of Eager. On this weekend, AES will split its volunteers to tackle two projects that will benefit wildlife. An Adopt-a-Ranch project in cooperation with the 26 Bar Ranch will involve repairing a 20,000 gallon water catchment. The other crew will remove up to 6 miles of fence from the Burro Creek Allotment east of Big Lake. We need approximately 80-100 people to accomplish these projects.

This project will be near Big Lake, so be prepared for cool mornings and possibly rain. Please bring pliers, gloves, and wire cutters if you have them. Some of these items will also be provided. Please make sure you bring appropriate hats, long sleeve shirts, sunblock, etc. for sun protection. Old clothes would be recommended for those grinding on the tanks. Rubber boots will be needed for those that can work in the tanks.

We are a family oriented organization; however projects are potentially dangerous working with barbed wire, power tools and vehicles. Kids under 18 need to be supervised by an adult.

This project will involve hiking and physical labor. Training will be provided. There is a very good chance of seeing lots of wildlife during this project. if you would like to carpool to save on expenses and driving, please contact Tom Schorr. There may also be extra sleeping areas in tents or trailers available.

Contact: Please RSVP to Tom Schorr thomas.schorr@fcssw.com or (602) 431-4131.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s volunteer program provides opportunities for volunteers to participate firsthand in managing Arizona’s wildlife resources. Our goal is to provide you with a congenial and cooperative atmosphere where you can build relationships with staff and other volunteers, as well as gain knowledge about Arizona wildlife and wildlife management. We recognize that your time is important and strive to provide rewarding and educational volunteer experiences.

For a list of volunteer opportunities in which you may have an interest, or to submit information about a project that would benefit from our volunteers, visit the department’s volunteer Web page at:

www.azgfd.gov/volunteer

2 Responses to “Lend a hand, wildlife projects need your help”

  1. Dennis & Jan Stadel on June 6th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    I am a 68 year old former farm boy. My dad purchased farm after farm and we removed miles and miles of fence and built new fence with the old wire and two new wires.

    My wile is also a farm girl. We have a RZR ATV we will be using as
    transportation.

  2. Wilderness Recipes on July 3rd, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Good article. Many sportsmen and women don’t realize the benefits of giving back. I know many that do and they love it. A great sense of satisfaction.

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