National Public Lands Day Projects to benefit Bighorn Sheep

Saturday, September 28, 2013 – 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join Friends of Ironwood Forest, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Bureau of Land Management and the Tucson Soaring Club for the 20th annual National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Volunteers are needed to improve habitat on the Ironwood Forest National Monument for the last remaining native bighorn sheep herd in the extended Tucson area.

Volunteers will work to remove vegetation from around water catchments to provide wildlife with a clean and safe supply of water. High clearance vehicles are needed to reach the water catchments. Volunteers are also needed to clean up trash and recreational shooting debris to protect wildlife habitat near the Cocio Wash.

Volunteers should wear outdoor appropriate clothes (long sleeves and pants recommended), sturdy shoes, hat and sunscreen. Bring a water bottle and your friends. Tools, gloves, snacks, T-shirts, and brunch will be provided.

Volunteers will meet at the Marana Airport on Avra Valley Rd at 7:30 am, carpool to work sites and be finished by 12:30 pm.

All volunteers are invited to attend a free brunch and presentation about the Desert Bighorn Sheep at the El Tiro Gliderport, just a short drive from the work sites.

Sign up and get more info by contacting Lahsha Brown, Executive Director of the Friends of Ironwood Forest, at lahsha@ironwoodforest.org or 520-628-2092.

Desert Bighorn Sheep at Ironwood Forest National Monument. Photo courtesy Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Desert Bighorn Sheep at Ironwood Forest National Monument. Photos courtesy Arizona Game and Fish Department.

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