Youth paddleboarding on Granite Basin Lake

Creeks Connect Community

Prescott Creeks is the featured non-profit in the June/July issue of Prescott Woman Magazine.
In addition to the article, we had the distinct pleasure to participate in the Prescott Woman Podcast with Charles Matheus and Kelly Roberge.
Read the non-profit feature and listen to Karen O’Neil, Bruce McKeeman, and Michael Byrd chat with Charles and Kelly about how Prescott Creeks promotes healthy watersheds and clean waters.
Granite Creek near downtown Prescott. 📷 Michelle Souza
Granite Creek above Watson Lake. 📷 EF Sanborn.

“What makes the Prescott area so special? The great music and art? Yes, we hear you! The perfect climate? Without a doubt. The wonderful, walkable downtown? Hundred percent. But what about the ribbons of green that wind through town, the creeks that support big shade trees, provide wildlife habitat, and create cool recreation areas right in town?

Prescott Creeks is also one of the organizations that have made life in Prescott better for over 30 years now… a group that is quietly and diligently protecting and restoring those natural waterways, educating us on the vital interrelationships between us and the creeks, and advocating to preserve the natural areas that make Prescott the cool, green haven it is for birds, wildlife, and humans alike.

Today we are excited to talk with Prescott Creeks Executive Director Michael Byrd, former board president Karen O’Neill, and current board member Bruce McKeeman.

Karen, a retired nursing instructor, is an avid birder, as you will hear. She got involved with Prescott Creeks in 2004 and served on the board for 10 years, two of those as president. She’s been actively involved with the Prescott Audubon Society as well, working on numerous bird surveys. Karen continues to support Prescott Creeks as a donor and volunteer.

Bruce spent his career working in a number of roles in the National Park Service. His education in biology, forestry, and recreation management prepared him to work with natural and cultural resources throughout the U.S. and even in other countries like Georgia and Jordan. After retiring to Prescott, Bruce joined the Board to help protect and restore the Watson Woods Riparian Preserve and educate people on the necessity and value of our wild areas.

And Michael, the sole paid employee of Prescott Creeks, is their jack of all trades…”

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