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Watson Woods Riparian Preserve Showcase Video

In cooperation with the City of Prescott and the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, Prescott Creeks is pleased to present a video showcasing Watson Woods Riparian Preserve.  Join Michael Byrd, Prescott Creeks Executive Director, and others in this approximately 7 minute video to learn about Watson Woods Riparian Preserve – a rare and threatened cottonwood/willow forest

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2021 Bird Conservation

Important Bird Area Did you know that Watson Woods Riparian Preserve is part of the Watson and Willow Lakes Important Bird Area (IBA)? An IBA is a site that is small enough to be entirely conserved and differ in its character, habitat, or ornithological importance from the surrounding habitat. In the United States the Program

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New Mexico Thistle - Not a Weed - 📷 M Byrd

Is It a Weed?

As a part of the Prescott Creeks mission to achieve healthy watersheds and clean waters, we invest substantial effort into managing non-native, invasive plant species. Some people call them weeds. But what is a “weed?” Are those yellow flowers that pop up in your garden a weed? Are the pink, prickly things along the trail a

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Western Tanager - 📷 EF Sanborn

Watson Woods Riparian Preserve is for the Birds!

Did you know that Watson Woods Riparian Preserve is a key component of the larger Watson and Willow Lake Important Bird Area (IBA)? Riparian (streamside) areas like those at Watson Woods Riparian Preserve are unique environments. They occupy about ½ of 1% of Arizona’s total land area, yet approximately 75% of the state wildlife species

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Image: Council Members Goode & Rusing walk Granite Creek contemplating improvements

Downtown Greenway Corridor

In a press release earlier this week, City of Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli, referred to the Granite Creek Corridor as “One of the jewels of Prescott…” The area holds a long history and early planning for it in the 1980s was the impetus for incorporation of Prescott Creeks Preservation Association in 1990. The forming group

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Watson Woods Riparian Preserve Restoration

The continued restoration efforts within Watson Woods Riparian Preserve have resulted in tremendous improvements in the riparian and wetland habitat and its associated animal species. Since 2009, over 20,000 trees have been planted, 3,500 ft of Granite Creek has been restored, and over 25 acres of wetlands have been created! Also, with on-going management activities

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Restoring Rivers – Natural Channel Design

March 24-27, 2015, Prescott Creeks and Natural Channel Design hosted 30 restoration practitioners from Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and Utah in Prescott for a river restoration workshop. Using principles first pioneered by Luna Leopold, and further developed by David Rosgen, and then Tom Moody, the 3 1/2 day workshop introduced participants to the fundamentals of

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Learn How Rivers Work

Prescott Creeks is pleased to collaborate with Natural Channel Design, Inc. on its upcoming workshop: Geomorphic Processes and Restoration of Natural Channels in the Arid Southwest. This introductory workshop on March 24th-27th, 2015 will focus on providing information on how to recognize important streamfeatures, field measurement, and analysis of basic stream dimensions as well as

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Many Chefs, One Kitchen

With the main part of the initial Watson woods Riparian Preserve restoration nearly finished, I’ve been looking back through the work we have done and the changes that have taken place. One of the first big pieces we worked on was the stormwater basin adjacent to the Peavine Trail parking lot. This basin receives all of

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Dirt from the Field-January 2012

-We have had lots of activity going on at Watson Woods this past month!  One thing that is especially exciting is that we are making significant progress in getting much of the large, downed, woody debris that has been scattered throughout Watson Woods since our forest fires in 1997 and 2005.  This past week (January

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Dirt from the Field-November 2011

I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is almost here!  Time goes fast when you are having fun, and my job here at Prescott Creeks is exactly that.  This past month I have worked a lot with various volunteers and community groups, which has been an enriching experience…fitting for the upcoming Holiday Season. Here is the latest

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Job Opportunity

Position Summary The Field Projects Coordinator is the primary Prescott Creeks staff member responsible for the riparian preservation, restoration, enhancement and mitigation project development and implementation. The Field Projects Coordinator reports directly to the Executive Director and works with multiple parties including Prescott Creeks’ Board and staff, community volunteers, agency personnel, and funders to plan,

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It Takes Community to Fix a Watershed

Prescott Creeks recently had the opportunity to visit with representatives from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For the past five years, Prescott Creeks has been working closely with several ADEQ Programs. Our main link to the agency is the Water Quality Improvement Grants program which is

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Thoughts from the Director

The 2010 year ended on a high note for Prescott Creeks. We’d recently completed a second phase of fieldwork for our Watson Woods Riparian Preserve Restoration Project and we then had weather in the form of rain and snow. While this was a nerve-wracking time (as the newly completed work was at risk for scouring

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Imagine the Next 20 Years!

Founded in 1990, it is hard to believe that Prescott Creek Preservation Association has reached its 20th Anniversary (and that I have been involved for almost three-quarters of those 20 years)! As we celebrate two decades of restoration, preservation and celebration, we’ve had the opportunity to look back through Prescott Creeks’ accomplishments and remember those who made

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Winter Storms Test Restoration Work

During the spring of 2009, initial construction of the Watson Woods Riparian Preserve Restoration Project was completed. Planted vegetation responded well with a 95% success rate on the willow species and an 87% survival for the cottonwoods. Though precipitation in the Prescott area was lower than average, there were several small flow events that were

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