Wilderness Boundary Sign Installation in the Santa Catalinas (4/5)

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ORGANIZATION: Wild Arizona

Sign Install

Date: Saturday, April 1st, 2023

Volunteer Project Description:

Join Wild Arizona for the fourth in our Sign Install Saturdays series! From January through May 2023, we will install Wilderness Boundary Signs on the first Saturday of each month in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. The Pusch Ridge Wilderness is in the Santa Catalina Mountains, located just outside of Tucson, AZ.

We will meet at just past the Marshall Gulch picnic area at 9:00 AM on Saturday, April 1st. After intros and a safety meeting we will aim to install four Wilderness Boundary Signs: ones at each end of Aspen trail #93, one at the Marshall Gulch trailhead, and one on Mint Spring trail #20. Each sign will require a short hike, and two will require also require a short drive from the meet up location. We will expect to finish by 4:00 PM.

Wilderness is the highest form of protection granted to federally managed public lands, and the 90 Wilderness Areas in Arizona are a national treasure. Wilderness boundary signs help protect these areas by ensuring that the public is aware when crossing over into Wilderness, where special protections, regulations, and prohibitions apply. Join us in helping build community surrounding Wilderness Stewardship in the Tucson area!

***Absolutely no experience necessary!

Location:

Just past the Marshall Gulch Picnic Area at the trailhead for Aspen trail #99, at the end of N Sabino Canyon Park Rd., off of General Hitchcock Highway

32.428353717290115, -110.75566005602023

Gear, Tools, PPE:

All necessary tools along with training will be provided by Wild Arizona

Hard hats and gloves provided

Bring your own: long-sleeve shirt, long pants, sunglasses/safety glasses, and closed toe shoes, (gloves and hardhat if you have them)

What to Bring:

Day bag/backpack

Water bottles (3 liters minimum per day)

Lunch, snacks

long-sleeve shirt, long pants, sunglasses/safety glasses, and closed toe shoes are mandatory to participate in volunteer work

Rain jacket and extra layers

Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat

More About the Area:

Pusch Ridge towers over Tucson and the surrounding desert as one of the most prominent features of the Santa Catalina Mountains. With its lower slopes dotted saguaro cactus and its upper reaches dark Douglas-fir, this unmistakable landmark makes the point that this is a land of extremes in biodiversity as well as topography. Within the 56,933-acre Wilderness, elevations range from 2,800 to 8,800 feet. Deep canyons separated by razorback ridges crease the slopes. From the floor of Sabino Canyon to the upper slopes of Mt. Lemmon, life zones vary from Sonoran desert to subalpine forest. The wildlife community that inhabits such a varied setting is diverse and finds few rivals. An extensive trail network offers opportunities for day to extended trips. While its convenient location makes Pusch Ridge Wilderness easily accessible you can still find solitude and primitive surroundings. (fs.usda.gov)

Please contact the trip leader for any and all additional questions:

Luke Koenig

luke@wildarizona.org

443 676 3200

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About Wild Arizona

Location:

PO Box 40340, Tucson, AZ 85717, US

Mission Statement

Wild Arizona’s mission is to protect, link, and restore wild lands and waters across Arizona and beyond, for the enrichment and health of all citizens, and to ensure Arizona's native plants and animals a lasting home in wild nature. We organize and amplify multi-community voices of support for legislation and special designations; advocate for conservation science-based environmental policy and planning; and cultivate stewardship, social/environmental awareness, and well-being through outdoor volunteerism, science, and education.

Description

Wild Arizona is the newly launched merger of Arizona Wilderness Coalition with the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council. We are blending two long-standing conservation organizations with strong roots in Arizona’s rich conservation history, the wilderness movement, the Colorado River community, deep ecology/rewilding, outdoor adventure, field-based ecological research, hands-on habitat restoration, and working for and with tribal partners.

CAUSE AREAS

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Environment
Community, Environment

WHEN

Sat Apr 01, 2023
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

WHERE

Marshall Gulch Picnic AreaMt. Lemmon, AZ 85619

(32.44322,-110.75768)
 

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