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Prescott Area Young Professionals Mixer

On Wednesday, January 21, Prescott Creeks hosted the Prescott Area Young Professionals Mixer. 30+ members of the PYP group came together at the Prescott Creeks offices to learn more about Prescott Creeks and its mission to improve water quality in our area. This event provided an opportunity to share ideas and to build relationships between

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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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Giving Tuesday

We have Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. Now, we have a global day dedicated to giving back, Giving Tuesday. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea. Just find

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Green Infrastructure – Location, Location, Location

Two sites were selected for implementing this project. These locations were chosen due to the need for water quality improvements, land ownership, access, and visibility. The Prescott Community Center is located on Rosser, upstream from Granite Creek and Watson Woods Riparian Preserve. Surrounding areas are likely to be built out over the next few years,

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Creating Meanders – How Green Infrastructure Works

‘Green Infrastructure’ is a broad term for features that rely on natural processes such as soil, water, and plants to provide ecosystem services such as a clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat, and temperature regulation. The two Green Infrastructure (GI) projects are taking urban areas and rebuilding them to imitate the drainage and filtration that

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Green Infrastructure

Prescott Creeks, in coordination with the City of Prescott and funded by ADEQ, has been working on two recently project to improve water quality in our creeks. These two projects, located at the Prescott Adult Centre and the corner of Whipple & Miller Valley, are examples of Green Infrastructure. But what is Green Infrastructure? The

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Dalmation Toadflax (Linaria dalmatica)

Dalmation toadflax is a wide spread invasive. The extent of it’s spread can be seen in this map from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Originally brought to North America from the Mediterranean region of Europe as an ornamental, Dalmatian toadflax is currently found in at least 34 states in the U.S. and most of the

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Diffuse Knapweed (Centaurea diffusa)

Diffuse knapweed is an annual or biennial plant , generally growing to between 10 and 60 cm in height. It has a highly branched stem and a large taproot , as well as a basal rosette of leaves with smaller leaves alternating on the upright stems. Flowers are usually white or pink and grow out

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Russian Knapweed (Acroptilon repens)

Like other creeping perennials, the key to Russian knapweed control is to stress the weed and cause it to expend nutrient stores in its root system. An integrated management plan should be developed that places continual stress on the weed. Currently, the best management plan includes cultural control combined with mechanical and/or chemical control techniques.

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Russian Olive (Eleaganus angustifolia)

Acc ording to the National Park Service: Russian-olive is a small, usually thorny shrub or small tree that can grow to 30 feet in height. Its stems, buds, and leaves have a dense covering of silvery to rusty scales. Leaves are egg or lance-shaped, smooth margined, and alternate along the stem. At three years of

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Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa)

This is often a favorite to hate in the central Arizona highlands. Knapweed is a pioneer species found in recently disturbed sites or openings. Once it has been established at a disturbed site, it continues to spread into the surrounding habitat. This species outcompetes natives through at least three methods: A tap root that sucks up water

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Malta Starthistle (Centaurea melitensis)

Malta starthistle (synonyms: Napa starthistle, tocalote) is an annual invasive weed with foliage and winged stems that are grayish to green in color. Its thistle-like appearance is similar to yellow starthistle (C. solstitialis), but Malta starthistle is distinguished by smaller yellow flowers and longer seedpods that are armed with relatively short spines (less than 1/2

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Sweet Resinbush (Euryops subcarnosus)

From the CA Extension offices: Sweet resinbush (Euryops subcarnosus) is an exotic species from South Africa that was introduced in Arizona during the 1930’s.It was brought here in hopes that it would provide forage for livestock and aid in slowing soil erosion. Potted plants were sent to Civilian Conservation Corps camps in 1935 where they

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Scotch Thistle (Onopordum accanthium)

From the Wikipedia entry on this invasive weed: Onopordum acanthium (Cotton thistle, Scotch thistle), is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to Europe and Western Asia from the Iberian Peninsula east to Kazakhstan, and north to central Scandinavia, and widely naturalised elsewhere.[1][2][3] It is a vigorous biennial plant with coarse, spiny

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Common Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)

Another invasive species in the Granite Creek Watershed, and mostly in Watson Woods Riparian Preserve, is common teasel. Often used in flower arrangements, this attractive pieces, has found its way into our creeks and is taking over sections of our riparian habitat. According to Wikipedia: The genus name is derived from the word for thirst

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Tamarix (Saltcedar, salt cedar, tamarisk)

Tamarix is perhaps one of our bestter know invasive species. It is found widely throughout the Southwest. The description below comes from Wikipedia, where you can read more in depth on the subject. They are evergreen or deciduous shrubs or trees growing to 1–18 m in height and forming dense thickets. The largest, Tamarix aphylla, is an evergreen tree that can grow to 18

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Russian Olive (Eleaganus angustifolia)

Acc ording to the National Park Service: Russian-olive is a small, usually thorny shrub or small tree that can grow to 30 feet in height. Its stems, buds, and leaves have a dense covering of silvery to rusty scales. Leaves are egg or lance-shaped, smooth margined, and alternate along the stem. At three years of

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What Weeds are Considered Invasive Species in This Area?

The priority species for the Upper Granite Creek Watershed are: Dalmation Toadflax (Linaria dalmatica), Diffuse Knapweed (Centaurea diffusa), Russian Knapweed (Acroptilon repens), Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa), Malta Starthistle (Centaurea melitensis), Sweet Resinbush (Euryops subcarnosus), Scotch Thistle (Onopordum accanthium), Common Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum), Saltcedar (Tamarix ramosissima), and Russian Olive (Eleaganus angustifolia) Over the next few days

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Invasive Weed Species – What do they matter?

Prescott Creeks often talks about invasive weeds, but what are they and why are they a problem in our area? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the following: An exotic species is any species, including its seeds, eggs, spores, or other biological material capable of propagating that species, that is not native to that

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Growing Pains (looking a little rough)

Sometimes as we develop native vegetation projects that will eventually help to clean our waters and provide beautiful habitat, there’s a sort of growing-out phase. It’s a little like growing out a hair cut (like those too-short bangs from junior high), and there’s a point where you can see it’s going to look good, if

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Volunteer Opportunity! Granite Creek Park – Saturday 9/13

Come out and join Prescott Creeks on an invasive species removal spree on Saturday,9/13/2014 at Granite Creek Park. Meet at 8:30 am at the Granite Creek Park parking area off 6th Street and we’ll teach you about invasive weeds, why they’re the bad, and what you can do about them. We’ll spend some time pulling

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Improve the Watershed – Tomorrow 8/30 – Watson Woods

Join Prescott Creeks on an invasive species removal spree on Saturday, 8/30/2014 in Watson Woods. Meet at 8:30 am at the Rosser St. entrance and we’ll teach you about invasive weeds, why they’re the bad, and what you can do about them. We’ll spend a little while pulling some weeds then, we’ll spread native grass

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LOOP TRAILS REOPEN

The Watson Woods Riparian Preserve Loop Trails are now 100% open. The northern loop had been closed since April due to nesting Common Black Hawks who like to defend their nest territory. But good news, their chicks have graduated from the nest and the happy family has moved on so we can reopen the trial.

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CLOSED – Office Manager

Essential to achievement of the Prescott Creeks mission, the Office Manager is the Prescott Creeks staff member responsible for overseeing the office and business functions of the organization. Reporting directly to the Executive Director and working closely with other Prescott Creeks staff, the Board of Directors, and partners, the Office Manager will be involved in

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