Join Wild Arizona in Arnett Creek and Telegraph Canyon as we explore beautiful desert canyons and work alongside Boy Scouts and an Arizona Conservation Corps crew to process and haul bags of oleander out from a site being cleared as part of an ongoing riparian restoration in collaboration with the Friends of the Tonto National Forest, Tonto National Forest, Backcountry Horsemen and others.
A group of Boy Scouts will be coming in on Saturday to help haul bags of oleander vegetation 1.5 miles from the project site to the trailhead, and we need your help to strip leaves and leafy vegetation from the plants and stuffing it into garbage bags so there's a good batch of bags ready and in place to be hauled out on Saturday.
Benefits of this project are expected to accrue to migratory bird species, including the Yellow-billed cuckoo for which this area can support habitat; the Long-fin dace native fish, which is found in the project area; and many other native species found in the area, including bats, amphibians, reptiles, and more. Overall biodiversity should benefit by removal of encroaching non-native vegetation.
Car camping is available for those who want to stay multiple days.
MEETING LOCATION & DIRECTIONS
Meet at 9 AM Thursday, February 20 near the intersection of Forest Road 230 and Forest Road 4 south of Superior. Our camp and meeting area will be marked with an Arizona Wilderness Coalition sign.
• From Phoenix, take Highway 60 east to Superior.
• Turn right (south) onto Panther Road and continue for 0.6 miles.
• Turn right (south) onto Golf Course Road/Telegraph Canyon Road (Forest Road 230). After 1.2 miles, the pavement ends. Continue straight another 0.25 mile to a three-way intersection with Forest Road 4 and an unnumbered road.
• Take the unnumbered road to the right (north) of Forest Road 4 and continue another 0.1 mile to a dispersed camping area. Look for Arizona Wilderness Coalition and Arizona Conservation Corps signage and trucks.
GPS Coordinates:[masked], [masked]
Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/gGo6JMjUkax5Jadx6
Weather forecast for area: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-111.17594392612409&lat=33.2725408254759
We will be car camping and day hiking to the project site each day.
• Day pack to carry supplies throughout the day
• Water (2 – 4 liters per day)
• Food (lunch and snacks, plus breakfast and dinner if staying overnight for multiple days)
• Sturdy, closed-toe shoes, NO SANDALS. Under our volunteer agreement with the Forest Service, you must wear closed-toe shoes or you will not be able to join us.
• Eye protection and gloves — we have only a limited supply of gloves, so please bring your own if you have them!
• Appropriate clothing, with warm layers for the evening.
• Sun protection (sun screen, sunglasses, hat, etc.)
• Camping equipment (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent/shelter, flashlight/headlamp & batteries, plate/bowl, eating utensils, toiletries, first aid kit, etc.) if planning to stay overnight
• Hiking pole(s) or stick
If you have any questions about this project, please don't hesitate to contact [masked] or leave a comment on Meetup!