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Heads Up Hiker
By Cheryl Hartz, Prescott Valley, AZ
The best hikes in the county, safety, plus plants, trees and wildlife on the way!
Thursday, August 8, 2013

Blog: Chance to help wildlife

 Cheryl Hartz

Volunteer Lynn Evans reattaches wire while his dog, Diamond, keeps watch on Sycamore Mesa during a Hero for a Day project sponsored by Field & Stream magazine and the Mule Deer Foundation. Photo by Cheryl Hartz

Back in March, Field & Stream magazine, along with the Mule Deer, Rocky Mountain Elk and Arizona Antelope foundations, Arizona Game and Fish, and the U.S. Forest Service, sponsored a fence fixing project on Sycamore Mesa near Dugas to improve wildlife habitat and help save deer and pronghorn lives. Nearly 40 volunteers showed up and for some, it was a weekend event that camping and fellowship with other wildlife enthusiasts.

Another great opportunity to get outdoors and help enhance wildlife habitat takes place north of Flagstaff on Saturday, Aug. 17, with the Arizona Antelope Foundation and the Arizona Game and Fish Department again on board.

The group will be working in the Sacred Mountain and Wupatki area of the Coconino National Forest and on an Arizona Department of Transportation right-of-way adjacent to Highway 89. Volunteers will remove old right-of-way fencing along Highway 89 and modify nearby pasture fences. Research studies have shown these actions will increase pronghorn movement between the west and east sides of the highway and will improve opportunities for local pronghorn to get water, forage and also improve genetic diversity.

This is a one-day work project that will meet at camp at 8 a.m. Bring work gloves, lunch, snacks, water and personal gear. The Arizona Antelope Foundation will provide dinner to all volunteers on Saturday evening.

Please RSVP by Aug. 9 to info@azantelope.org. For more information on the project, call Glen Dickens at 520-247-4907. For directions and a map, visit http://azantelope.org/Events_Calendar/Highway_89/highway_89.html.

Related Links:
• Arizona Antelope Foundation map
• Trib article on March fence project

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