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Verde Springs Preserve Habitat Restoration

For this project VOAz is partnering with the The Nature Conservancy's Verde River Program for work on the upper Verde River. The target area is TNC's Verde River Springs and the surround Upper Verde River Wildlife Area of the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AzGF). This as potentially just the initial project within a larger restoration program in the Verde River watershed. The land held by these two agencies was initially acquired by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). TNC subsequently transferred title to the bulk of the acreage (about 775 acres) to AzGF. The aerial photo below includes most of the preserve, which encompasses the margins of the headwaters of the Verde River and a reach of Granite Creek above the confluence with the Verde. It is within this area that springs initiate the perennial flow of the Verde.

Verde Springs Preserve area

Goals

Within the total "preserved" area the goal is to protect the Verde headwaters as a native fish and plant habitat by removing significant non-native species invasions (primarily salt cedar), removing unneeded reaches of fencing, and preserving the integrity of the perimeter fence (a AzGF responsibility). Another goal is to get the cattle that appear to have been fenced in to the preserve back on the outside where they belong. At the confluence of the Verde River and Granite Creek a major flood event on Granite Creek deposited a berm across the Verde that has impounded water on the Verde. This pond is occupied by both native and non-native species. Extraction of the non-native fish is another important task.

Additional information:

The Nature Conservancy page on the Verde River

AzGF Upper Verde River Wildlife Area

Pics from Spring 2009

Granite Creek
Granite Creek flow is intermittent but the lower basin is lush with vegetation.

Beavers at work on the upper Verde
Evidence of beavers on the upper Verde

Native fish in the upper Verde
Native fish (Desert Sucker) are abundant and easy to spot in the clear waters of the upper Verde River



Upcoming Events
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Completed Work
Number of Events: 2
Total Volunteer Hours: 189
Total Participants: 21
Project Outputs
Acre(s) cleared of noxious weeds (Salt Cedar): 15
Acre(s) cleared of noxious weeds (Salt Cedar.): 15

Completed Event Reports

October 17, 2009  Salt Cedar Eradication
The volunteers gather at the B&B at the top of the hill and hiked down to the work area. In addition to the the usual manual cutting we had a chain saw going after the larger plants (trees). The owner of the B&B once again provided us with a marvelous lunch. Several volunteers camped overnight on the grounds of the B&B.
Total Volunteer Hours: 85    Total Participants: 10
Event Outputs
Acre(s) cleared of noxious weeds (Salt Cedar): 15

October 3, 2009  Salt Cedar Eradication
The volunteers gather at the B&B at the top of the hill and hiked down to the work area. In addition to the the usual manual cutting we had a chain saw going after the larger plants (trees). Old pipe was dug out and fencing dismantled for removal. The owner of the B&B provided us with a marvelous lunch.
Total Volunteer Hours: 104    Total Participants: 11
Event Outputs
Acre(s) cleared of noxious weeds (Salt Cedar.): 15



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