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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 a 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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Green infrastructure’ project lets nature clean the runoff

Read the article online Follow Cindy Barks on Twitter @Cindy_Barks. Cindy Barks The Daily Courier   PRESCOTT – Colorful flowers, native shrubs, and rock-lined basins greet visitors to the Prescott Adult Center. Although attractive, the new landscaping at the building’s front entrance serves a purpose that goes well beyond aesthetics. The system of basins, trenches, and plants

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Improve the Watershed – Volunteer Opportunity

Join Prescott Creeks on an invasive species removal spree. We’ll teach you about the invasives, why they’re the bad-nasties we want out of the watershed, what they’re doing to the habitat and water quality, and what you can do about and to them. Then, we’ll take up all of their space by seeding native grasses.

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Watson Woods Temporary Trail Closure

Prescott Creeks has placed two temporary closure signs on the west side of the North Loop Trail within Watson Woods Riparian Preserve. After receiving multiple reports of nesting common black-hawks along the trail, it seemed a prudent course of action since they are a listed as a Wildlife of Special Concern (WSC) by AZ Game

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Community Center Rain Garden Nearing Completion!

Thanks to hundreds of volunteer hours from Decision Point, Yavapai Exceptional Industries, Oasis, and Southwest Youth Conference of UCC, construction of the new rain garden at the Rowle P. Simmons Community Center is nearing its final phases!  Temporary irrigation has been installed to help the 350+ plants get established for their first few years.  Many

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Northern Flicker Rescue

On Wednesday, June 25th, Prescott Creeks was glad to welcome five young northern flickers to Watson Woods Riparian Preserve. These young flickers were rescued by APS crews from a burned pole during the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon. A little over a month later they had been nurtured by Liberty Wildlife and were ready

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Welcome to Our New Board Chair – Doug Bunch

Starting in July Doug Bunch will be taking on the role of Chair of the Prescott Creeks’ Board of Directors. He has served the past two years on the Board, and comes to us with a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion. We are lucky to have him leading us through this next phase. Doug

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Thank you to Outgoing Board – Karen O’Neil & Joel Hiller

After a decade of serving on the Board of Directors for Prescott Creeks, Karen and Joel are changing their involvment with Prescott Creeks. We have been fortunate to have their leadership, insight, and guidance through the growth and change these past ten years have brought the organization and our region. Karen has served as our

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Rain Garden Update

The new green infrastructure rain garden continues to take shape at the Rowle P. Simmons Community Center. Thanks to the City of Prescott Streets and Parks and Recreation Departments, construction got underway with the excavation of the rain garden’s main basins. Since then, with the help of volunteers the garden’s many interconnected basins that will

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STEVE PAWLOWSKI: IN MEMORIAM

Yesterday the water world in Arizona lost someone doing good work. Steve Pawlowski was an inspiration, from his years at ADEQ to his recent work at Sierra Club. From the Sierra Club blog: Steve Pawlowski, Arizona Water Sentinels coordinator for the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter, died yesterday while waiting to testify at the state Capitol in Phoenix. He

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Granite Creek Cleanup 2014 Results

This year’s Granite Creek Cleanup made a huge difference in the Prescott area’s health and beauty. Your work produced nearly 4 ½ tons of materials from our areas’ lakes, creeks, and trails. Of that, 3.04 tons was trash, there 22 tires (including one 5’ tall tire), plus approximately another ton of upcycled materials. For the

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Donors Made the Difference

On AZ Gives Day, April 9th, 2014, Prescott Creeks raised almost $10,000! We couldn’t have done it without the support of over 50 donors who made contributions either at the AZ Gives Day online site or directly to Prescott Creeks. While all the events for the day were well-attended, the Native Plant walk with Patrick

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Thanks you for supporting AZ Gives!

Arizona Gives Day was a big day. Not only did we have great people at our events, but you helped us raise $4,900. Thanks to a matching challenge, that becomes $9,800. What an enormous impact that will go toward creationg the watershed we want. Thank you!

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What does good soil have to do with giving?

As we set up our categories for suggestions donations this AZ Gives Day, we remembered back to our roots and named them after our first membership donation categories. With that we honour soil by making it the first category. As Ron Stein pointed out nearly 20 years ago, we couldn’t do any of it without

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A Celebration of our Creeks on ​Arizona Gives Day

Help Prescott Creeks receive a $10,000 matching grant. Every dollar you donate for Arizona Gives Day will make double the difference. During Arizona Gives Day, Prescott Creeks would like to give to our community, as well as asking you to support your local non-profits. We will be hosting a day full of activities. All activities meet at

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Art About Town

Art for the upcoming One Man’s Treasure is viewable around town for the month of March. You will find pieces at the following locations: Van Gogh’s Ear                 Rick Hartner – A Different Twist                 Cindi & Joe Shaffer – The Whale                 Mary Schulte  – Frogzilla                 Joan Maloney  – Oh, What a Night

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Invasive Weed Control Project

This April, Prescott Creeks is launching a project to control invasive weeds in the Granite Creek Watershed and we need your help!  Not sure what an invasive weed is? Invasive weeds are plants that (1) are not native to the US and (2) are a harm to human health, or cause economic or environmental harm. 

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