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Rio Salado Restoration
November 25, 2018 @ 8:00 am
Hello, Rio Salado volunteers!
The weather is really cooling off, so the next work day will be from 8-11 instead of the earlier time.
We will work on clearing an outfall at Central of non-native vegetation to prepare the area for planting cottonwood trees in the spring. In December, we will visit the mature stand of cottonwoods and willows surrounding the butterfly garden at Central to take pole cuttings. We will grow those into young trees to plant next year. We were planning a planting this month, but could not locate a nursery that has any to sell. This is one of the reasons we are going to be propagating our own! Commercially-grown native plants are getting harder and harder to find.
You will park at the Central Gateway (2439 S. Central Ave., Northeast corner). From there the group will walk down to the project area together. You should wear sunscreen, closed-toed shoes (no sandals), long pants, and a hat. If you have a pair of work gloves and/or a pick, bring them along. Sierra Club has gloves and tools for volunteers who don’t have their own. We will have a water cooler full of water but you should bring a reusable water bottle. We will have snacks.
I will not be there this time. You will be in the capable hands of Chuck Via and Lydia Wilson, and Ranger Koy will be onsite for the event as well.
The Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area stretches along five miles of the Salt River just south of downtown Phoenix. Once a dump site, the Rio Salado is now a lush riparian corridor with five miles of paved and dirt trails. Bird watchers have spotted more than 200 species of birds (and counting…) in the RioSalado’s varied habitats from wetland ponds to mesquite bosques to cottonwood/willow forest. Come join us and discover the Rio Salado, an urban riparian gem in the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
YOUR RSVP HELPS ME PLAN SO I HAVE ENOUGH TOOLS, SNACKS AND WATER. Thanks for all you do for Arizona’s rivers!