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Watershed Restoration in Tex Canyon – Chiricahuas
February 5, 2016, 1:00 pm - February 7, 2016, 5:00 pmFree
Help Restore a Watershed in the Chiricahua Mountains!
Friday, February 5 – Sunday, February 7, 2016
We will be working in Tex Canyon, on the west side of the Chiricahua Mountains, at just under 6,000 feet in elevation. Join us as we continue our work to control erosion and increase water infiltration in a watershed that was burned during the Horseshoe 2 fire! This trip is free of charge and no experience is necessary.
TO REGISTER CLICK HERE!
The Chiricahua Mountains are a large Sky Island located in the very southeastern corner of Arizona and rise 6,000 feet above the surrounding desert grasslands. We have been working with the Coronado National Forest, US Geological Survey, Borderlands Restoration, Geosystems Analysis, and Arizona Department of Corrections, to install and monitor hundreds of trincheras and other rock erosion control structures in the Chiricahua and Pedregosa Mountains.
- Friday, Feb. 5, 1:00 pm: Meet SIA staff at OUR NEW OFFICE – 406 S. 4th Avenue (at the corner of 14th in Armory Park). If you will be meeting us at the campsite, proceed past the Rucker Canyon Campground to the USFS Administrative site – look for the green “SIA” sign. A detailed map will be sent when the time approaches. We will have access to a kitchen, bathrooms, and bunks at the Admin site.
- Saturday, Feb. 6, 8:00 am: Early breakfast and a rundown of the day’s activities. We’ll then caravan in appropriate vehicles to the Tex Canyon work site, where we will work for the day.
- Sunday, Feb. 7, 8:00 am: Continue work through the early afternoon, then pack up and head home. We will try and be back to Tucson around 5pm.
Or work will focus on repairing/rebuilding rock stuctures that have been damaged by heavy flows and beefing up structures that seem to need it. This work will include lots of lifting, bending, and hiking on uneven terain. Please be prepared with boots, pants, long sleeves, and gloves, if you have a pair you like (we will also provide these).
CAMP LOCATION & DIRECTIONS (From Tucson)
Directions: Detailed driving directions will be sent to all registrants ahead of the event. All roads to the campsite are suitable for passenger vehicles.
Carpooling is encouraged: SIA will have 1-2 spots in our vehicle for volunteers to tag along, and we are able to caravan.
WHAT TO BRING
- All tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, stoves, etc. that you might bring on any normal car camping trip. We will have access to bathrooms and a kitchen at the camping site.
- If you prefer to sleep indoors, there are 16 beds available. Bring a sleeping bag and/or bed linens.
- Six meals plus snacks. Drinking water is available at the camping site.
- Sturdy footwear (ex. hiking boots) plus clothing for wet and cold weather, binoculars, field guides, etc.
- Volunteer Agreement/Waiver – Only needs to be filled out once per calendar year. Click here to download: https://skyislandalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/VOLUNTEER-WAIVER-AGREEMENT.pdf
PROVIDED BY SIA
- Tools, basic camp kitchen set-up including stove, firewood for camp fire, extra water, cameras, GPS, data sheets, maps.
- Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the trip. Please let us know ahead of time if you are planning to bring your dog.
- Our campsite is fully accessible to campers/large trailers.
- This is a family – friendly trip. Please let us know ages of any minors who will be joining.