Our Projects let you do your share
with our "hands on" approach as to what AES is all about!
AES has had excellent turnouts for our events. All in attendance enjoy the great meals, well organized projects and camaraderie. We get a lot done and have fun in the process. For those of you who helped in the past, we hope to see you again and if you have not joined us before, we hope to see you at one or all of our events.
The Arizona Elk Society members take a hands-on approach to AES activities
The field projects we schedule are important to wildlife and habitat. They also afford us the opportunity to get tomorrows wildlife and habitat stewarts, our youth, involved. Please consider assisting the AES on one or more projects each and every year. You will find yourself working side by side with people with big hearts and a lack of fear for getting some dirt or a couple of callouses on their hands for the sake of wildlife.
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Work Project - Buck Springs Unit 5A - May 3 & 4, 2014
Arizona Elk Society Work Project - Buck Springs Unit 5A
Work to be Done
Many of the Riparian Meadows around Buck Springs on top of the rim are over run with small diameter trees and in bad shape. In a cooperative venture the volunteers of the AES along with the USFS, AZGFD and other partner groups will be removing these trees, lopping the limbs and stacking them so they can be burned. In the riparian creek channels we will be working to restore the functionality of the channel so that water can be slowed and absorbed into the ground to restore the sponge meadows. In other areas we will be maintaining aspen enclosure fences and removing old unneeded barbed wire fences.
Buck Springs, which is in the Coconino National Forest north of Payson, is a unique place with very high value for wildlife. The area is home to a great elk population as well as turkeys, bears, songbirds, native fish and a host of other important wildlife species. One of the keys to making a good place into a great place for wildlife and wildlife enthusiasts is helping to restore the function of the wet meadows that are so important to wildlife. At one time, these meadows acted like giant sponges and stored moisture, slowly leaking the water into the creeks, maintaining the riparian community. Many of these meadows and the associated riparian areas are overrun with young pine trees that are invading these meadows. Unless removed, in time, the meadows will be entirely overrun with pines and the water storage role for the meadows will be lost. In a cooperative venture, volunteers from the Arizona Elk Society, the Forest Service, and Game and Fish will cut these trees down, lop the limbs off, and stack them into piles so they can be burned when dried. There are thousands of trees to remove and the more help we get, the more that can be done. As a result of removing these trees, the meadows will be more open again and the ecological function of the meadows improved. If you enjoy time in the forest, here is a chance to give something back and make the forest a healthier place for wildlife and for your next visit.
Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup Outdoor Skills Calendar
If you interested in other events that teach beginners about hunting, shooting, trapping, fishing and wildlife, check out the Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup Outdoor Skills calendar below for and upcoming event for the whole family.