National Public Lands Day – 2014

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Date(s) - 09/27/2014
7:30 am - 1:30 pm

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npldlogo2014 - starbabySaturday, September 27, 2014   7:30 am – 1:30 pm

Ironwood Forest National Monument

Note: Projects were updated on 22 Sep

Please join us and partner with the Bureau of Land Management, Friends of Ironwood Forest, Tucson Soaring Club and the Arizona Native Plant Society for the 21th annual National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 27, 2014.

As friends of the Sonoran Desert we’ve worked hard to protect and care for the most sensitive and biologically rich desert habitats. We’ve protected thousands of acres, but our protected lands still face a variety of threats including illegal trash dumping, unapproved use off road vehicles and invasive buffelgrass.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDEDPlease pre-register for work assignments. Completed BLM Volunteer Agreements are REQUIRED. Download form here.  Mail or hand carry completed, signed forms to BLM Tucson Field Office, Attn: Claire Crow NPLD, 3201 E Universal Way, Tucson AZ 85756.  You can also bring completed signed forms to the meeting site at Marana Airport the morning of the event where BLM can review and approve them.

Volunteer projects this year include:

1. El Cerrito de Represo – Buffelgrass eradication project.  Volunteers will help with spraying buffelgrass at this site as a follow-up, secondary, action to the recently completed contract spraying activity.  We are also restoring and mulching the access trails used by the contract spraying crews. Contract spraying at this site was concluded within the last few days and we will not be digging buffelgrass, however, the sight of an entire hillside of dead and dying buffelgrass and thriving native plants is just wonderful!

2. Re-setting access barriers damaged by recent rain falls on Silver Bell Road.

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 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, (11700 W. Avra Valley Rd, Marana, AZ 85653), carpool to work sites and be finished by 10:30 am.  Please pre-register for work assignments. 

Special note: Volunteers directly involved with spraying will be contacted separately for an earlier start and different meeting location.

Please help manage the dust by being mindful of the 10mph speed limit at the glider port.  After a morning of work all volunteers are invited to attend a free brunch and presentations at the El Tiro Glider Port, just a short drive from the work sites, where the Monument Manager will provide an IFNM update and status, the Soaring Club will talk on Southern AZ Aviation History and the Arizona Wilderness Coalition will speak on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Please pre-register with or contact Jim Avramis, Friends of Ironwood Forest, for more information at [email protected] or at 520-628-2092.

 

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  • Comment by Gary Borax on September 8, 2014

    I will be there

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