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Hart Prairie Preserve Conservation/Restoration


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Projects Goals

The Hart Prairie Preserve (HPP) encompasses 245 acres of sub-alpine cienega surrounded by quaking aspen, ponderosa pine, spruce and fir. Areas at higher elevations, such as this, that are devoid of trees are often referred to as "prairies." The preserve is located west of Flagstaff and about three hours drive from Phoenix.

The Hart Prairie Preserve was acquired by The Nature Conservancy because it contains the southern-most large stand of the rare Bebb Willow. Recruitment (growth of new trees) has been problematic. VOAz goals at Hart Prairie are to assist with interventions aimed at enhancing the viability of the Bebb Willow and of the ecological health of the preserve as a whole. The physical facilities are both a tremendous asset to TNC's educational program and a substantial burden because of the on-going maintenance requirements. VOAz responds to TNC priorities and in turn is able to offer access to this spectacular location that generally would not be available except for brief day visits. VOAz conservation work at Hart Prairie Preserve started Memorial Day weekend in 2001

Project Leader: Lou Arminio

Upcoming Events

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Completed Work
Number of Events: 15
Total Volunteer Hours: 894
Total Participants: 42

Completed Event Reports

October 11 - 12, 2008  Exclosure Fence Preparation - Debris Removal
Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona - Hart Prairie October 2008

Participating Volunteers (22: Donna (Event Manager), Lou (Technical Advisor), Sue , *Brenda , Tim (Crew Leader), Mike , Melissa (Food Service), Johnnie , Inge , Robert , James , Lynn (Crew Leader), Timothy , Ingrid , Shawn (Crew Leader), Jennifer , Joseph (Crew Leader) * Indicates first event

Total Volunteer Hours: 348    Total Participants: 22
July 19 - 20, 2008  Exclosure fence construction prep

Three crews did tree thinning, creating at least 20 wood piles of slash to be burned and hauling dozens of loads of wood rounds. Numerous people helped on different crews both Saturday and Sunday preventing millions of mullens from multiplying. A very special crew also dismantled an old, unused shed.

Also Newsworthy: The weekend was filled with much fun and fellowship. Staff and friends of The Nature Conservancy also contributed to making this a special event. Neil Chapman's constant presence encouraged us to value every aspect of the preserve and to work hard to help maintain it at its best. On Saturday evening, Mary Lou Fairweather of the Forest Service, accompanied by Ed Smith of the Nature Conservancy, gave a special talk about the endangered aspen and plants in the area. On Sunday, Jennifer led us in an inspirational meditation focusing on vibrational sounds and our gorgeous natural surroundings.

Participating Volunteers (24): Donna Alexander, Lou Arminio, and teens (Joey & Chad Arminio), Sue Baughman, Inge Harper, Robert Harper, Diana Hernandez, Thom Hulen, Jodi Johnson (and Ryan), Lynn Larremore, Steve Larson, Sonia Mehren, Kathy and Larry Lopez, John Metzger, Mark Miller, Mark Minisce, Ingrid Purder, Nancy Spence, Steve Trezise, and Joseph Zveglich

Total Volunteer Hours: 299

Total Volunteer Hours: 343    Total Participants: 20
July 21 - 22, 2007  Fuels reduction & fence repairs




Fire Fuel Reduction
  Photo Album Fourteen volunteers spent two days at The Nature Conservancy's Hart Prairie Preserve working among the raindrops to help keep the Preserve facilities safer from forest fire.  We removed slash and rounds (slash being the branches and rounds being the trunks cut into manageable pieces), and invasive species (Mullen and Butter and Eggs).  When the rains fell we could no longer use the trucks, we raked the road. Forty eight truck loads of slash and 48 truck loads of rounds were removed. Several hundred invasive plants were removed (primarily Mullen), which means that several thousand invaders will not have a chance to take root. Part of the road was re-raked to help prevent erosion and maintain the French dams that carry the water away from it.

Members of the Work Crew and Leadership Team: Tom Bentley, Tracy FlemmingTodd Gartman, Dave Gorman, Doug Gregory, Inge Harper, Kathy Lopez, Shawn Redfield, Dave Schwartz, Aleph Stevens, Sandra Stirnweis (Event Manager), Diane Taluberg, Nell Teter, Sue Theibe(Bold = first VOAz event)

Special thanks to our Nature Conservancy Partners Neil Chapman and Ron Bauman who organized the work for us, and Diane and Doug Iverson the hosts who make everything comfortable and homey (and make great cookies)

Total Volunteer Hours: 112
Total Volunteer Hours: 203    Total Participants: 0
June 23 - 24, 2007  Fuels reduction
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May 26 - 28, 2007  Exclosure Construction
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July 23 - 24, 2005  Fence Maintenance & Wildfire Fuels Reduction
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May 28 - 30, 2005  Fence Maintenance & Fuels Reduction
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May 29 - 31, 2004  Wildfire Fuels Reduction
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August 26 - 28, 2003  Wildfire Fuels Reduction
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July 15 - 18, 2003  Fence & Road Repairs
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May 24 - 26, 2003  Fence & General Maintenance
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August 17 - 18, 2002  Wildfire Fuels Reduction
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May 25 - 27, 2002  Fence Maintenance
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August 20 - 22, 2001  Shed Construction
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May 26 - 28, 2001  Fire Line & Revegetation
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