Workday: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Project Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
What will be provided:
- Work gloves, tools and necessary materials
- Additional water to refill water bottles
- Restrooms are available in the trailhead parking lot
- Safety review and work demonstration will precede the project work
- A deli-style lunch will be provided
About the project:
During this work day volunteers will be working to prevent erosion by hauling cut juniper logs and branches into the stream channel. We will need participants to work in groups of 2- 3 volunteers to help each other haul debris to the stream channel.
Behind the project:
The National Forest Foundation wants to engage partners through the Northern Arizona Forest Fund to bolster restoration through meaningful volunteer projects. The Red Flats Meadow Restoration & Erosion Control Project is an important effort that is reducing erosion and sedimentation into the Verde River and watershed. By reducing erosion, we decrease risk of sustained levels of sediment in the river system which if left unchecked can increase risk of E. Coli contamination, impact aquatic species, and ultimately increase costs at water treatment plants downstream.
Through the Northern Arizona Forest Fund, the Red Flats meadow restoration work is almost complete, thanks to help from the Arizona Conservation Corps, who has already installed fencing, cut juniper trees that are encroaching on the meadow, and reseeded the meadow to encourage the return of native grasses.
The Red Flats Volunteer Project will be the final stage of the erosion control work by placing the branches of the recently cut juniper trees into the gullies of the meadow to catch and hold sediment in place. This simple technique, as part of the larger project effort, will go a long way to protect the Verde River and downstream water supplies.
We hope you will join us in this collaborative effort to improve Arizona’s National Forests, protect water resources, and engage with other like-minded stewards of our watersheds!
Agenda for Saturday, October 21st
8:30 am Arrive at Jerome Public Parking Lot West of the Jerome Fire Station
8:45 am Welcome & Introductions; Discuss Scope of Work for the day
9:00 am Depart Jerome Fire station
9:30 am Arrive at work site – Safety Talk/Begin work
12:00 pm Lunch at project site
2:00 pm Depart worksite
3:30 pm Arrive back at Jerome Fire Station
Thank you for your interest in this project which will help improve Arizona's water supply! We hope to see you there!
For more information on the Northern Arizona Forest Fund, please visit northernarizonaforestfund.org
For more information about our partner host, Friends of Verde River Greenway, visit verderivergreenway.org