National Public Lands Day, December 8

Join the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Friends of Ironwood Forest and other organizations for our National Public Lands Day (NPLD) project in the Ironwood Forest on December 8, 2018.  National Public Lands Day is celebrated nationally on the last Saturday of September. In Southern Arizona we opt for the cooler temperatures of December.

Our Projects are all at the Manville Road entrance (portal) to the Monument.  There are three projects identified: restoration adjacent to the parking area at the portal; installation of a kiosk at the portal; and vegetation clean up along Manville Road a little ways past the the portal toward El Cerrito de Represso (the slash from the clean up will also help with the restoration). 

Schedule for the day:
7:30am – carpool from Dove Mountain Park  
8:15am – meet with BLM and other volunteers at the Manville Road entrance to the Monument.
11:30am – wrap up at work site(s) NLT 1130am
12 noon – Lunch at the work site

With all the work planned for the Manville area we will not meet at the Marana Airport. Take Manville road west off Sandario to the IFNM entrance. Let me know if you would like to meet somewhere and follow me to the site (email and phone are below).

We will be clearing vegetation on this project, spreading vegetation and mulching adjacent to the parking area and installing the kiosk for the Manville portal. The work site is level and we will be working close to our vehicles. Wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather and the project. Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen and water. Water will be available on site to refill your containers.

BLM will supply tools and gloves (bring your own favorite gloves and hand tools if you like).

The Friends will provide snacks and lunch for everyone at the work site.

If you’d like to join in on the fun, sign up by contacting Jim at [email protected] or leave a message at 628-2092. 

All volunteers need to complete and have a BLM approved Volunteer Service Agreement form on file.  If you would like to participate, please send your completed Volunteer Service Agreement to both Robert Walter [email protected] before noon on Dec 7th, and state that you want to participate in the NPLD work party. Volunteer Service Agreement is available HERE

Hope to see you on December 8th!!

For more information on the national NPLD event see: https://www.neefusa.org/public-lands-day