Please join the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council in a volunteer training for springs field assessments, preparing volunteers for 2012 springs trips this summer in the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. The workshop will be held on Saturday 5 May, 9am-4pm at Pearson Hall on the Museum of Northern Arizona research campus, led by Dr. Larry Stevens.
A Keystone Habitat
Springs and seeps are crucial resources for wildlife and plants including a variety of threatened and endangered species. Aquatic and riparian habitats occupy less than 1% of the state of Arizona’s land base while 60-75% of wildlife species depend on these habitats.
A great percentage of springs in this region have been heavily altered by human impacts including piping, excavation and trampling. Springs can be successfully restored if the groundwater sources are intact. This project’s goal is to identify restoration priority levels for individual springs across the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. The project is a collaboration led by Dr. Abe Springer at Northern Arizona University, in partnership with Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, Grand Canyon Trust and the Springs Stewardship Institute, and funded by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. Volunteers will play a crucial role in gathering needed assessment data from these large landscapes and the many springs they hold.
The Cross-cultural Volunteer Program
Grand Canyon Wildlands Council brought together volunteers from regional tribes and local communities to inventory springs on the Mogollon Rim and the Kaibab Plateau in previous years. We are pleased to have this opportunity to reunite friends and inspire new ones to help protect and restore the ecologically rich riparian habitats associated with springs. We are asking attendees of the training to agree to contribute at least 20 hours to springs trips between May and October.
Participants need to bring a lunch and be outdoor ready.
View the Training Workbook here
Please RSVP to this email by calling 928-556-9306, or click here to sign up on our website