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Solitude Monitoring Volunteers Needed
Looking for an opportunity to visit a beautiful new destination in southeast Arizona and give back to public lands in the process? Wild Arizona has partnered with the Forest Service to perform Solitude Monitoring in the Mount Wrightson, Galiuro and Santa Teresa Wilderness Areas of southeastern Arizona, and we have opportunities for volunteers to help with this process. If you are going to find yourself in any of these areas in the near future, or if you’re looking for a great new place to go visit while helping collect data to ensure that everyone has the opportunity for solitude into the future, please contact us and let us know!
Wilderness areas are required, among other things, to provide “outstanding opportunities for solitude”, as specified in the Wilderness Act of 1964. In order to ensure that character of Wilderness is still being properly managed for, the U.S. Forest Service is required to perform Solitude Monitoring in its Wilderness areas as part of its ongoing Wilderness Stewardship Performance process.
What does Solitude Monitoring involve? It’s simple! You spend at least 4 hours recreating by your preferred method—hiking, backpacking, horse riding, etc.—in one of the monitoring areas listed below and count how many encounters you have with other humans while you’re out recreating. You log your encounters on a provided data collection form, and submit it to us.
Interested? Contact us to let us know, or visit the link below for more information on the specific monitoring areas.
Pima County Native Plant Nursery
Volunteers are essential to our small native plant nursery to help with watering and irrigation, collecting and cleaning seeds, weeding, and transferring seedlings or smaller plants to larger pots. Training is provided on-site. No nursery experience is necessary, but those with experience are welcome, too! We love to learn from our volunteers as much as they love to learn from us! Email Amy Belk for more information.
Habitat Volunteer Needed
SAQF members, other volunteers and USFWS planted 96 quail friendly shrubs at Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge.
These plants needs to be watered once or twice a week to establish a good start prior to monsoon. The refuge is planning to do this on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting 2 May. Even an hour or so on one day will help.
We saw both Gambels and Masked Bobwhite in the area when we were out planting.
DIRECTIONS FROM TUCSON:
If you are coming from Tucson and going down W Ajo hwy (highway 86) you will turn left at Three Points onto highway 286 then proceed south until you reach Secundino Rd at mile 15 and a half and the road will be on your left or to the east.
DIRECTIONS FROM GREEN VALLEY:
If you are coming from Green Valley/ Arivaca area, you will go south on route I-19 then get off at exit 48 to get on to Arivaca Rd. Go through Arivaca and continue on Arivaca Sasabe Rd until you reach highway 286 then make a right turn and go to mile 15 an a half and Secundino Rd will be to the east.
Please contact Rebecca Chester at firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 270-1492 if you are able to help. You can sign up for future dates.
Pima County Native Plant Nursery Volunteer
The Nursery provides a valuable service to the County by propagating, nurturing and supplying native plants for street divides and other public spaces. They also rescue native plants (primarily succulents) from public and private property destined for development.
For a couple hours each week, you can assist the staff in virtually every required function on site from watering, planting, up potting (bumping) to preparation for delivery to project sites. This is definitely NOT volunteer “busy work” but rather necessary help for their very small paid staff.
In addition to general volunteer satisfaction, you have a concentrated opportunity to learn about virtually every Arizona Uplands native plant. You also gain a tremendous amount from discussions with professional botanists, horticulturists, and irrigation specialists
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