May 20, 2006
On May 20th the AAF teamed up with the Arizona Elk Society for a fence removal project at Big Lake
near Springerville. The project entailed removal of a fence around the lake and campground. We removed the posts, 5 miles of fence, and 16,000 pounds of material. In all, volunteers
provided over 420 man hours and drove over 8000 miles to get to the project and back.
The post removal was made easier using the hydraulic post pullers we borrowed from the Arizona
Wildlife Federation. The gas wire rollers the AAF purchased was used to roll the wire. It will make hand rolling barbed wire almost a thing of the past. These rollers allow us to roll
multiple strands at once, creating small, tight rolls that are easy to handle, and enable us to accomplish what is usually a labor-intensive process with relative ease in a much shorter time period.
The AAF would like to extend a grateful THANK YOU to Sharon Eichelberger and her crew from the Elk
Society who provided meals, and to AAF volunteers Art Boswell, Dave Laird, Sue Foote, and Bob and Marilyn Hanlin for helping make this project a success.