Project Schedule: Arizona

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the start of the ACE Arizona 2015 season. We had an incredibly successful 2014, and we're all looking forward to bigger and better things in 2015. For those of you returning, you will find things a little different. We are going to try and have the corps member schedule completed for the next month. This will mean that you need to get requests in at least a month ahead of time for it to be considered. Hopefully, this will allow you to plan your off-days with more certainty. I look forward to seeing you all on Monday

Jordan

P.S. Also make sure to check out our Facebook page to see if your projects have made it on there! If you have any good pictures from projects we would love to see them. You can email them to Matt at mattr@usaconservation.org

Project Descriptions

USFW Arizona Cibola NWR IST

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/

USFW Arizona Imperial NWR IST

Pick Up Time: 7:00 am January 13, 2015

Crew Leader: Kerri Ryan

Weather: It is winter time in the desert so it is still going to be hot. Bring a bandanna and a hat. Day temperatures are going to be in the low 70s F. Night temperatures are going to be in the high 50s. Make sure you have enough water containers.

Project Description: Imperial National Wildlife Refuge has developed and currently maintains six ponds specifically for the benefit of two endangered fishes: the Razorback Sucker and the Bonytail Chub, both native to the Colorado River. The crew will be working to remove the invasive plants Tamarisk and Phragmites that surround these critical habitats. The crew will be using chainsaws, brushcutters, and herbicide to do this. Sawyers, bring your saw gear and saw boots. All members of the crew will be using herbicide so make sure you bring your EAP herbicide handlers cards. Make sure you have 2 pairs of work clothes. You will need to wash you clothes every day. You will be working around water so make sure you have extra socks.

Duration: This is a month long project, returning to Flagstaff on February 5th. The crew will be taking days off on or around the refuge. Bring everything you need, for off days in the field.

Camping Situation: The crew will be staying in refuge housing. 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 housing needs to be kept clean. This house is to be treated as an ACE house and all housing rules still apply.

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.

USFW Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley/Laguna Atascosa NWR IST

Pick Up Time: 7:00 am January 13, 2015

Crew Leader: Evan Thibodeau

Weather: It is winter 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 40s to 60s F. Night temperatures are going to be in the high 30s. There is a chance of rain. Make sure that you bring your rain gear.

Project Description: The crew will be removing and treating Salt Cedar using chainsaws, brushcutters, and herbicide. Sawyers bring your saw gear and saw boots. All members of the crew will be using herbicide so make sure you bring your EAP herbicide handlers cards. Make sure you have 2 pairs of work clothes which include long sleeve shirts. You will need to wash you clothes every day that herbicide is used. You will be working around water so make sure you have extra socks.

Duration: This is a 6 week long project retuning to Flagstaff on the 26th of February. The crew will be taking days off on or around the refuge. Bring everything you need, for off days in the field.

Camping Situation: The crew will be staying in refuge housing. There are 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 housing needs to be kept clean. This house is to be treated as an ACE house and all rules on and off days still apply.

Project Specific Notes: In case the crew crosses a check point and working near the border make sure you take your driver’s license and passports. There are bugs on this refuge so bring lot so bug spray.

Coconino NF Red Rocks RD Airport Mesa

Pick Up Time: 7:00 am on Tuesday, January 13

Crew Leaders: Dale Thomas, Skip Siesel

Weather: Variable, expect pleasant to cool temperatures during the day and chilly nights. Plan for temperatures getting down to freezing at night.

Project Description: High quality stone work at a popular trailhead in Sedona. The work will consist of gathering material from a rock quarry, transporting the stone to the trailhead, and transporting the rock again to the work site using power carriers (whew!). Once at the work site, dry stone masonry will be used to build a stone fence (free-standing wall) and a circular retaining wall. These structures will act as a vista point and area of focus for people to enjoy the setting without causing further damage to the area. You will be working with Forest Service personnel with a lot of experience, as well as a skilled and knowledgeable crew leader. This project will be much visited and appreciated, and is a great chance to hone masonry skills.

Duration: This project operates on a 4 day on, 3 day off schedule- Tuesday – Friday, returning to Flagstaff each weekend.

Camping Situation: The crew will be camping at Jordan Trailhead. The crew will camp behind a locked Forest Service gate. You will have access to a pit toilet at the Trailhead, but there will be no water at the campground. Views are stunning, and there are trails leaving from your camp site.

Project Specific Notes: The work area receives a high volume of traffic by visitors to Sedona. Crew members will be the targets of many questions about the area, the work they are doing, where they are from, etc… When we work in areas like this we often act as the face of the land management agency and are often a memorable part of that visitors’ day. Please, always be polite with visitors!

Pine Trails, Dripping Springs

Pick Up Time: 7:00 am on Wednesday, January 14

Crew Leaders: Jimmy Gregson and Graeme Cousins

Weather: Mid 50s during the day dropping down into the the low 30s or mid 20s at night.

Project Description: During this project y’all will be working to finish a re-route which eliminates an unsustainable portion of trail just above the town of Pine. We have worked on this re-route already and this will be the last big push to finish it up. There are several climbing turns to construct as the trail descends to meet up with its old alignment.

Duration: This is an 8 day project from Wed. to Wed.

Camping Situation: Y’all will be camping in the National Forest just outside the town of Pine. Actually, it will be just outside of a neighborhood so try to keep that in mind, especially in the mornings (don’t want to wake up the neighbors). There are no facilities or running water where y’all will be camping.

Project Specific Notes: Make sure you bring extra layers. It can be very cold, especially in the mornings. Also check to make sure you have fresh batteries in your headlamps.

Pine Trails, Sutter Crew

Pick Up Time: 7:00 am on Wednesday, January 14

Crew Leaders: Gavin Monson and Mary Sullivan

Weather: Mid 50s during the day dropping down into the the low 30s or mid 20s at night.

Project Description: During this week y’all will be building new trail following the Sutter trail dozer. The Sutter will have gone through already and roughed out the trail and then the crew will be coming behind to make it look beautiful and rehabilitate the none-trail sections.

Duration: This is an 8 day project from Wed. to Wed.

Camping Situation: The camping will be at the Pine Trailhead. There is no running water but there are pit toilets on site. The camping area is pretty exposed so make sure you have plenty of stakes in good condition so you can stake down your tents.

Project Specific Notes: Make sure you bring extra layers. It can be very cold, especially in the mornings. Also check to make sure you have fresh batteries in your headlamps.

Tonto NF, Superstition Wilderness, Campaign Trail

Pick Up Time: 7:00 am on Wednesday, January 14

Crew Leader: Ben Raiche

Weather: Expect temperatures in the low 60s during the day and low 40s at night possibly dropping into the 30s.

Project Description: During this hitch y’all will be working on the Campaign Trail in the Superstition Wilderness of Tonto National Forest. This is a beautiful trail that follows along Campaign Creek and is surrounded by stunning Cottonwood trees and big old Oak trees. The work will consist primarily of opening up the trail corridor so that hikers can access it without being mauled by grown in trees and bushes. Bring along long sleeve work shirts because there is a lot of Cats Claw, which is super thorny and will tear you up.

Duration: This is an 8 day hitch from Wednesday to Wednesday.

Camping Situation: You will be camping at the trailhead and hiking in every day. There are no bathrooms or running water at the trailhead so be prepared for that. You will be filtering your water from the creek and using the fine facilities of the forest for bathrooms.

Project Specific Notes: The hike to the worksite is 1.5 miles and it is another 4.5 miles to the end of the work site. You won’t be hiking much more than 2 miles one way on the first day or two but by the end you may have a 6 mile one way hike (x 2 = 12 MILES ROUNDTRIP) so be prepared for big hikes. Bring extra socks that are good, don’t wait to treat blisters and make sure you’re boots are well broken in.

AACD/Safford BLM Fencing Gila Box Riparian NCA

Pick Up Time: 7:00 am on Wednesday January 14

Crew Leader: John Donovan

Weather: Expect temperatures in the low 60s during the day and low 40s at night, possibly dropping into the 30s.

Project Description: ACE teams spent last winter/spring hiking through the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area locating and assessing the quality of various fences that were supposed to prevent cattle incursions. This season, the crew will be returning to conduct repairs, and if necessary, construct new fence throughout the area.

Duration: This is an 8 day hitch from Wednesday to Wednesday.

Camping Situation: You will be camping at the Owl Creek Campground, at the east end of the canyon. The campground has pit toilets, but no potable water. The team will haul in most of its water and have a water filter as a backup.

Project Specific Notes: This is a fencing project, so ensure that you have your long sleeved shirts. In addition, bring extra work clothes. Some members of the team may have to get into the river to complete sections of fence. It will not be very deep, but fresh socks could be needed!

NALC/BLM Needles Old Woman Wilderness Restoration

Pick Up Time: 6 am on Wednesday January 14

Crew Leader: Jeanine Foley

Weather: Expect temperatures in the high 60s during the day and mid 40s at night.

Project Description: ACE teams will be working in conjunction with the BLM, private contractors, the Student Conservation Association, and the Native American Land Coalition to help protect the Old Woman Wilderness from illegal OHV use. This first week, the ACE crew will be restoring the areas of new fence construction, following in the wake of the contractors. In addition, there will be some road rehab at the Painted Rock site, an area that is sacred to the local Chemehuevi nation.

Duration: This is an 8 day hitch from Wednesday to Wednesday.

Camping Situation: The crew will be camping out on the BLM lands with no facilities. Due to the sensitive nature of the Old Woman Wilderness, the crew will have to use a groover toilet system. There may be a porta-potty at the worksite. The team will also have to haul in all of the water for the week.

Project Specific Notes: The team will be leaving an hour earlier than usual to ensure that you arrive in time for the Native American blessing ceremony at 11am California time. Please be dressed in a clean ACE uniform for the day. This will be followed by a training session on the Desert Tortoise. The Desert Tortoise is on the Endangered Species List and we will be working in a part of its habitat.

ACE Utah Death Valley NP Restoration

Pick Up Time: 8:00am Tuesday, January 13th by David Frye

Crew Leader: Matt Knierim

Weather: 60/70s and Sunny

Project Description: The crew will be focusing on non-native elimination. This will include tamerisk and palm tree removal. Treating Palms near Furnace Creek and Tamarisk on the South Side. It will be standard cut and spray for the tamerisk. The technique for eliminating palm trees involves drilling into the tree. Kirsten will have all of the equipment for that and will demonstrate how it should be done. The herbicides that the team will be working with include Garlon and Habitat.

Duration: 8 days on 6 days off. The crew should pack to stay up in Utah for the remainder of the project.

Camping Situation: Camping at Breakfast Canyon and on BLM land, with no facilities when cutting tamarisk in the south side.

Project Specific Notes: Pack your personal gear for staying up in Utah through March. Bring extra long-sleeves to cut in and apply herbicide. Bring amenities to shower in the field.

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