What we're about

A significant part of what we do at Wild Arizona is working to restore wild places through our Wilderness Stewardship - aka Wild Stew!

Wild Stew aims to provide Arizona’s communities and volunteers with in-depth training, resources, and logistical support in order to protect and restore Arizona’s public lands. We also aim to cultivate land stewardship, appreciation for wild places, deeper ecological understanding, and advocacy, by providing opportunities for positive experiences in the natural world. With appreciation for Arizona’s wildlands and waters, we make tangible contributions to enhance the integrity and ecological condition of Arizona’s wild places by maintaining hiking trails, restoring riparian habitats and removing invasive plants, inventorying and monitoring Wilderness and potential Wilderness areas, and more!

To learn more about our organization and our Wild Stew program, visit our website (https://www.wildarizona.org/) and follow us to stay up to date on upcoming volunteer opportunities.

If you are interested in volunteering on your own in a non-group environment, visit the Volunteer Opportunities page (https://www.wildarizona.org/volunteer-opportunities/) on our website for a list of solo opportunities!

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Pajarita Wilderness - Sycamore Canyon Trail (#40) Explore & Maintain

Pajarita Wilderness

Join Wild Arizona in exploring and maintaining access along the Sycamore Canyon Trail (#40) in the Pajarita Wilderness. Sycamore Canyon follows one of the few perennial streams in Southern Arizona, and is home to over 600 unique plant species, many of them endangered, as well as being frequented by numerous bird species. Saturday will consist of exploring the trail, identifying and repairing any tread work, brushing, or stream crossings that need repair. (Be advised, stream crossings are a part of the wilderness trail, so extra socks and boots are advised.)

For those arriving Friday night, we will be car camping along Forest Road 115 between the trailhead and Hank and Yank ruins.

COVID-19 PROTOCOL

In order to ensure the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and others, Wild Arizona asks that you follow our COVID-19 protocol:

• Do not participate in an event if you have symptoms or believe you may have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. Notify Wild Arizona staff if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days after your participation in an event.
• Practice physical distancing during events while working or when in group camp spaces. When distancing is not possible, have a suitable face mask easily accessible and wear it whenever in close proximity to others.
• Minimize the sharing of tools and personal protective equipment (hard hats, gloves, eye protection). Wild Arizona sterilizes tools and group PPE between events.
• When group meals are provided, Wild Arizona will provide and require the use of a handwashing station and/or hand sanitizer and require the wearing of masks while being served food.

MEETING LOCATION & DIRECTIONS

Meet at 8 AM Saturday at the Sycamore Canyon #40 Trailhead at the end of Forest Road 115. This road is suitable for all passenger vehicles. From Tucson, head south on I-19 to Exit 12 for AZ-289 W/Ruby Road. Continue West for 18 miles, taking the fork to the left at 9 miles. We will camp Friday night for those who choose to come down that afternoon or evening.

Please reach out to [masked] with ANY questions on travel before you depart.

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CalTopo Map Link: https://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=[masked],[masked]&z=16&b=f16a

Weather forecast for area: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-111.19414150714874&lat=31.423620206290025#.Ydw6s2jMI2w

GEAR LIST

• Day pack to carry supplies throughout the day
• Water (2 – 4 liters per day)
• Food (breakfast, lunch and snacks, dinner) — a group dinner will be provided Saturday night
• Sturdy, closed-toe shoes, NO SANDALS. Under our volunteer agreement with the USFS, you must wear closed-toe shoes or you will not be able to join us. Extra shoes or water shoes for stream crossings.
• Eye protection and work gloves
• Face mask
• Blanket or warm clothes for cold nights in camp
• Appropriate clothing (long pants and long sleeve shirt), with warm layers for the higher elevation camp and worksite
• Sun protection (sun screen, sunglasses, hat, etc.)
• Camping equipment if coming down Friday night or staying Saturday night (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent/shelter, flashlight/headlamp & batteries, plate/bowl, eating utensils, toiletries, first aid kit, etc.)

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about this project, please don't hesitate to contact [masked] or leave a comment on Meetup!

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