Events

Date/Time Event
03/07/2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ironwood Forest Work Days
Ironwood Forest National Monument, Marana AZ

03/17/2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Meet the Monument 2018
Ironwood Forest National Monument, Marana AZ

The Friends of Ironwood Forest have set Saturday, March 17 for our annual “Meet the Monument” event. This gathering, free and open to the public, will be held again on the north side of iconic Ragged Top, approximately 20 miles west of Marana. The goal of this event is to be a learning experience featuring informational presentations (click here to learn more about the presenters) and walkabouts by local naturalists specializing in the various facets of this land. Send an email to [email protected] with questions. View the event flyer.  View the map to the event.

03/21/2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ironwood Forest Work Days
Ironwood Forest National Monument, Marana AZ

04/04/2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ironwood Forest Work Days
Ironwood Forest National Monument, Marana AZ

04/18/2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ironwood Forest Work Days
Ironwood Forest National Monument, Marana AZ

05/02/2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ironwood Forest Work Days
Ironwood Forest National Monument, Marana AZ

05/16/2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ironwood Forest Work Days
Ironwood Forest National Monument, Marana AZ

11/10/2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hike the Monument
Ironwood Forest National Monument, Marana AZ

Save the date! Hike the Monument has been schedule for November 10. More details to come as they are available. Please check back.

Go to our Maps and Directions page to see more detailed maps to Ironwood Forest National Monument, Ragged Top and the Waterman Restoration site.

 

As you can see from the following past and planned events, the Friends of Ironwood Forest continue to be engaged in exciting, important activities. We hope you’ll join us for future events.

National Public Lands Day 2017

Congratulations and thank you to all the volunteers and the BLM staff participating in the Ironwood Forest National Monument National Public Lands Day 2017. We had twenty-two volunteers and six BLM staff members supporting this BLM sponsored event on a perfect southern Arizona day. We worked on the expansion of the group campsite on Silverbell Road at the base of Ragged Top and we completed installation of a walk-through “gate” at the Ragged Top trailhead. Both projects were planned and approved by the BLM who brought all the tools needed and led our work efforts through the day. It was a great time. Everyone working on the projects had a wonderful, hardworking day with old friends, and new friends. We all had a sense of accomplishment as we completed these improvements for our beloved Ironwood Forest National Monument. Then, we celebrated by enjoying each other’s company over some really good grub, a most enjoyable (easy to overeat!) lunch, provided and served by the Friends of Ironwood Forest.

Thank you again to all participants and to everyone who supports our Public Lands, the Ironwood Forest and the Friends!!

 

Hike the Monument 2017

 

The Friends of Ironwood Forest wish to thank the hike leaders, sweeps, hikers and all participants in this year’s Hike the Monument (HTM) Event conducted on Saturday, November 4. HTM was a wonderful success! HTM is conducted in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Native Plant Society, University of Arizona faculty and Old Pueblo Archaeology Center. Also, Conservation Lands Foundation staff were with us on the monument experiencing and documenting the event. Special thanks to the BLM Monument Manager and staff for participating in the hikes and providing safety and communications support.

The intent of HTM is to bring greater awareness of the Ironwood Forest to the public and provide an opportunity to learn about the Sonoran Desert and the wonders that exist in this protected environment in our backyard. Approximately 70 individuals participated in HTM, either on the hikes or by supporting the event. The Friends of Ironwood Forest deeply appreciate the knowledge shared and the leadership provided by the hike leaders and support personnel.

  1. Archaeological Area – Allen Dart, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, accompanied by Linda and Gordon Hanson, Saguaro National Park West Environmental Educational Ranger and Archaeology Preservation Volunteer
  2. Nature Hike – naturalist and botanist Ries Lindley, Arizona Native Plant Society and co-leaders Rachel Feuerbach, U of A geologist, Bill Peachey, geologist and Saguaro specialist, and Bill Thornton, naturalist and cactus specialist
  3. Waterman Mountain Elephant Trees Botanical Hike – Botanist Drew Milsom, University of Arizona. Drew is also the faculty advisor to the University of Arizona hiking club, The Ramblers Club, the oldest club at the University of Arizona. Dave Barker, sweep, Friends of Ironwood Forest and Dove Mountain Hikers
  4. Ragged Top Peak Adventure Hike – Jim Avramis, Friends of Ironwood Forest and Dove Mountain Hikers, Dan Nestor, sweep, Dove Mountain Hikers

Volunteer Work Days

In order to participate in these or other BLM work projects, you need to have a “Volunteer Service Agreement” form completed and on file with BLM prior to the work day. Click here for the form. Email the completed form to both r[email protected] and [email protected]

Wednesday, November 8
We had eight volunteers cleaning up along Pump Station Road, which included a journalism student from the University of Arizona doing research for a project. Trash was sparse and things were kinda hum-ho until an old dump site was discovered close to the end of the day. Everyone jumped in and made short work of cleaning that up.

 

IFNM Volunteer work days are planned each month. After April, we go into summer hibernation, and then begin the projects again in October. In these projects we assist the BLM in varied tasks such as restoration, trail improvement, and sign installation.

workday

The volunteer workdays are very productive. In addition to providing the volunteers with some exercise out in beautiful scenery, we are able to clear much trash from a couple areas, create more vertical mulch “fencing”, and perform some drainage diversion on one of the steep old mining “roads”. The two trash day efforts were in the vicinity of the missile site near Waterman Mountain on February 4th and along Pump Station Road on March 2nd.

The most notable bonus when gathering trash near Waterman was seeing a nice population of the rare and endangered Nichol’s Turk’s Head Cactus. Royce Ballinger considers these small cacti to be an iconic plant in the Ironwood Monument.
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The biggest haul of trash was East of Pump Station where the crews gathered over 1400 pounds of non-biodegradable waste. The piece de resistance was an old refrigerator, complete with required bullet holes.

The vertical mulching effort was to help block off unwanted traffic patterns into the desert. The drainage diversion was done the redirect the erosion on a steep slope leading up to Waterman Saddle. This was accomplished using the on-site rocks and gravel.

workday 3The volunteer efforts are greatly appreciated. It is a pleasure to work with the BLM on these projects and see what can be accomplished to help restore and protect this natural treasure.

For additional details, to sign up, and to get on the mailing list for future announcements of these projects, please email [email protected]

 

 

 

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