Help our wildlife by volunteering to remove old fences near Ironwood Forest National Monument.
Friday, January 19th
Saturday, February 17th
Friday, March 29nd
Saturday, March 30th
Details from the event organizers, Arizona Game and Fish:
- We will meet at 7:30am and will work until 4pm; but we welcome folks to join us in the morning and work for whatever duration you're able. We will break for lunch where snacks will be provided and an informal discussion of wildlife connectivity & the Avra Valley will be led by organizers.
- We'll be working on removing stretches of fence that are no longer required on City of Tucson Water Department near Ironwood National Monument. This is important work to remove barriers to wildlife movement through the Avra Valley and between the surrounding mountains. You will be helping accomplish a positive and lasting improvement to the landscape and directly help wildlife by increasing connectivity between protected open spaces!
- PLEASE BRING: Coffee mug (coffee will be provided), WATER (in a refillable bottle), lunch, and any personal necessities. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required. Folks wearing shorts and/or open-toed shoes will not be able to participate due to the nature of the work and the landscape. We highly recommend comfortable, but sturdy boots, as well as older denim or similar pants and long-sleeve shirts that will provide protection from barbed wire spurs - there is a good chance these could get torn in working with the wire. We also highly recommend a sunhat, sun/safety glasses, and sunscreen or other measures to avoid sunburn.
- If you have work gloves, bring them, but we will provide for those that do not.
- Final event details (including directions) will be sent out to registered participants as each event day approaches.
- WE WILL PROVIDE: Tools, snacks, coffee (for refilling your personal coffee mugs), water (for refilling your personal water bottle), and more snacks, but NOT a full lunch.
Important Notes from Arizona Game and Fish:
- Our policy is that all attendees must pre-register by responding to this opportunity via this AZGFD Volunteer portal. To ensure efficient and effective management of limited time and resources, we may need to enforce this policy.
- We may turn away folks that are not registered in order to protect our ability to conduct subsequent events. We hope you'll understand our limitations and help us to facilitate an efficient and effective opportunity for community involvement in wildlife conservation.
This event is being hosted by the Desert Fence Busters collaborative that includes the following partner organizations: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona Wildlife Federation, BKW, Bureau of Reclamation, City of Tucson, Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, Friends of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of Ironwood Forest, Mule Deer Foundation, Pima County, Saguaro National Park, and Tucson Audubon Society. The collaborative members share a common goal of improving landscape connectivity to benefit wildlife. Friends of Ironwood Forest and BKW are leading the organizational effort for this event with support from the rest of the partner organizations.