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Dirt from the Field-February 2012

-Last month I discussed how APS donated a crew of 20 professional sawyers to cut a majority of the large, downed, woody debris at Watson Woods.  Since that time, we have made much progress in removing the firewood and getting it out to the community and those in need.  This has been an especially exciting project, mainly because this is a huge  benefit for all-1) We are reducing the risk for another forest fire, 2) Riparian wildlife habitat is being improved, and 3) People in need are getting free firewood and staying warm at night.

-Also, we are having a great time with our volunteers, who have been solely responsible for getting the wood out and at the same time are learning the importance of our riparian and aquatic ecosystems.  This past month, our volunteer groups that have helped include Boys to Men, Yavapai Exceptional Industries (YEI!), Prescott College, Decision Point, and a Facebook-organized group.  Everyone has done a great job-So far, we have given away over 15 cords of wood and have an additional 5 cords stacked within the Preserve, ready to go.

–As I have told as many people as I can, we have A LOT of wood within the Preserve, and the only way to get it out is through our volunteers.  If you are interested in helping out, please keep in touch with us through our website, Facebook, Twitter, or give us a call at 928-445-5669.  Finally, if you know of a family or group that needs to stay warm, please send them our way!

Thanks, as always, to all of our supporters and friends,

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