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Dirt from the Field-November 2011

Submitted by November 21, 2011 6:04 am

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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 and greatest:

Every week, Yavapai Exceptional Industries (YEI!) comes out to Watson Woods and gives us a hand for a few hours.  All of the guys are great, hard workers, and a lot of fun to be around.  These past few weeks they helped clean up our kiosk/entry area to Watson Woods (near the Peavine Trailhead), and unloaded about 4 cords of wood to be donated to the Prescott Community.   All meaningful work, and we always have a good time.  For more information about YEI! please visit http://www.yeiworks.com.

I also gave some of the folks at Prescott Area Leadership (PAL) a tour of Watson Woods, which was especially cool because the preserve was covered in the first snow of the season.  We touched on specific features out at Watson Woods as well as broader watershed topics and issues.  It was a great day to spend a Saturday morning, and I believe everyone at PAL left with something new to think about.

And finally, many of you know we recently held a volunteer invasive species survey at Watson Woods for Mari Echevarria’s senior project.  We had 8 surveyors, and ended up covering about 65 acres identifying the extent of Spotted Knapweed, Common Teasel, Scotch Thistle, and Dalmatian Toadflax.  Though it could have been worse, action is definitely needed to eradicate these species.  Between Mari’s paper and help from the Arizona State Land Department, we should have a good plan ready to go for the spring.  Again, we will likely need volunteers, so please keep in touch with us!

Thanks again to all of our supporters and friends, and I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

-Gregg

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