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Join our great volunteers for an invasive weed pull (really a dig)
Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area

The Sierra Club - Grand Canyon Chapter Water Sentinels conduct monthly weed pulls and trash pick-ups in the Rio Salado Restoration Area. We remove buffel grass and other invasive plants and we pick up trash and litter for about 3 hours. The Sierra Club will provide snacks, drinks, and work gloves. The City of Phoenix provides some tools, but if you have a heavy-duty pick or a digging bar that can be used to dig out buffel grass, please bring that along. Sierra Club will bring litter grabbers and trash bags. If you have a pick ax or heavy duty digging bar, bring them along. Light duty gardening tools won’t work very well.

The Central Avenue trailhead parking lot is on the northeast side of the Central Avenue Bridge over the Salt River. The trailhead parking lot is south of the downtown Phoenix area, about ½ mile south of the I-17 freeway. Get off on 7th Street / Central Avenue exit and go south on Central Avenue. The parking area is on the left before you cross the bridge over the Salt River channel. To get a map to the Central Avenue trailhead parking area go to

If you get to the parking area and everyone has already left for our work site, call me on my cell phone at[masked] to find out where we are working in the Rio Salado

Bring a reusable water bottle with you and remember to drink plenty of water before and while you are working (Sierra Club will provide cold drinking water to refill your water bottle). We hope you will “just say no” to buying plastic water bottles and that you will bring a reusable water bottle with you.

You should wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals), long pants, and a hat (especially if you decide to dig buffel grass). Please wear sun screen to protect your skin. If you have a pair of work gloves, bring them along. Sierra Club has work gloves for volunteers who don’t have their own.

The Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area stretches along five miles of the Salt River just south of downtown Phoenix. Once a dump site, the Rio Salado is now a lush riparian corridor with five miles of paved and dirt trails. Bird watchers have spotted more than 200 species of birds (and counting...) in the Rio Salado's varied habitats from wetland ponds to mesquite bosque to cottonwood / willow forest. Come join us and discover the Rio Salado, an urban riparian gem in the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

For more information and to r.s.v.p. contact Steve Pawlowski at [masked] or (602)[masked] or on my cell at[masked]-5269. You can also contact Sandy Bahr at (602)[masked] or [masked].

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