Pick Up Time: 7:00 am January 13, 2014
Crew Leader: Edgar Madrid
Weather: It is fall time in the desert so it is still going to be hot. Bring a bandanna and a hat. Day temperatures are going to in the low 70s F. Night temperatures are going to be cool with lows in the mid 40s. Make sure you have enough water containers.
Project Description: Management of farm fields, along with the restoration of wetlands and moist soil units provide habitat for thousands of Canada geese, snow geese, sandhill cranes, and other migratory waterfowl that migrate to Cibola in the winter. The ACE crew will be helping refuge staff maintain and rehabilitate these areas. The crew will be cutting and hand pulling invasives that threaten these critical habitats. The crew will be using chainsaws and hand tools. The crew will also be helping the refuge install a new fence line. Sawyers make sure that your chainsaw PPE gets packed and that you have your saw boots. You will be working around chainsaws and fence lines so everyone needs to bring 2 long sleeve shirts and 2 pairs of work pants.
Duration: This is a month long project returning to Flagstaff on February 5. Crews will be working a 4 on, 3 off work schedule taking off days at or within 100 miles the refuge. Bring all that you will need for your off days, ID, money, etc.
Camping Situation: The crew will be staying in an apartment in Blythe, CA. There are no beds available so bring sleeping pads, sleeping bags, pillows etc. There will be a washer and dryer available to the crew. There is a kitchen. You will need to bring a towel and toiletries for the shower. The apartment is an ACE house and is to be treated as such. No drinking, no smoking, and keep it clean.
Project Specific Notes: In case the crew crosses a Border Patrol check point, please make sure you take your driver’s license and/or passports. For more information on Cibola National Wildlife Refuge check out this link http://www.fws.gov/refuge/cibola/