Thanks to all who participated in our March day at the Rio. It was great to have Intel back out and to see so many new and returning volunteers. We planted 88 of the cottonwoods we have been cultivating, and we have more to plant.
We will be back out again on April 14. It is getting warmer so from now until late fall we will be working from 7 to 10. We will finish planting our cottonwood poles, and our awesome intern Saket will continue to record the GPS location of each of our propagated cottonwoods so that we can track success and continue to refine our techniques, and share that information with other groups doing good work. We also plan to purchase and plant some native shrubs and grasses, dependent on what we are able to locate from local vendors. Thanks to Intel and Riester Foundation for funding restoration at the Rio and enabling us to purchase these plants. We will also continue work on clearing the river of non-native plants and trash.
You will park at the Central Gateway (2439 S. Central Ave., Northeast corner). From there the group will walk down to the project area together. You should wear sunscreen, closed-toed shoes (no sandals), long pants, and a hat. If you have a pair of work gloves and/or a pick, bring them along. Sierra Club has gloves and tools for volunteers who don’t have their own. We are anticipating a large group, so f you have picks, shovels, trash grabbers and/or gloves, please bring them. We will have a water cooler full of water but you should bring a reusable water bottle. We will have snacks.
YOUR RSVP HELPS ME PLAN SO I HAVE ENOUGH TOOLS, SNACKS AND WATER. Thanks for all you do for Arizona's rivers!