Project Location: We will be working on private lands approximately 31 miles north of Willcox and 8 miles south of Bonita, AZ off the Ash Creek Road.
Project Begins: Saturday, April 13th . Please meet at camp by 7:30AM. This is a one-day project. If you arrive after 7:30AM someone in camp will direct you to the project worksite.
Project Activity: We will be modifying 3 miles of existing boundary fence on the Sierra Bonita Ranch. This will entail removal of the bottom strand of barbed and replace it with smooth wire 16" above ground. We will fix unrepairable stays and replace with new.
Pronghorn Benefits: This effort is located in direct proximity to ongoing mesquite removal for the Bonita Grasslands NRCS/G&F restoration project with a goal of improving up to 10,000 acres in the next 4 years. Over the past 8 years, the areas adjacent to and within this project have been grubbed, new waters and boundary fence installed.
NFWF Grant Benefits: All labor hours, materials and mileage will be used to match the AAF’s $430K 9-year grant for our “Southeastern Arizona Grasslands Pronghorn Initiative”. The grant has a goal of improving up to 100,000 acres of “Pronghorn habitat connectivity”.
What to Bring: Work gloves (the AAF will have a limited supply), snacks, water, personal gear. There will be minor brushing to do along some of the fence lines.
Meals: Please provide your own lunch to eat in the field on Saturday. AAF will provide dinner for all volunteers on Friday and Saturday nights and continental breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
RSVP/Contact: Glen Dickens at (520-247-4907) for project information. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 8th so we can plan to have enough food & tools.
AAF project/camp site will be on USFS lands, approximately .25 miles west of the Ash Creek Road/Sunset Loop intersection. Access to the site is along a maintained travel corridor route, the site is trailer friendly.
From Safford: Drive south 17 miles on AZ 191 to AZ 266.
—Turn southwest onto AZ 266, continue 19 miles to Bonita School. —Take Fort Grant Road south (paved road) approximately 8 miles to Ash Creek Road/ Fort Grant Road T Intersection (Large Grain Elevator on West side of road and Thoroughbred Horse Ranch on SE corner.) —Go west on Ash Creek Road (dirt road) approximately 14.5 miles to Ash Creek Road/Sunset Loop Curve Cross cattleguard (entering USFS land) continuing west approximately .25 miles.
From Willcox: Turn north from I-10 at exit 340 (past Shell/Truck Stop) on Fort Grant Road. — Drive the main paved road approximately 22 miles north (it has several dog leg turns) to the Fort Grant/Ash Creek Intersection. —At the Stop sign across from the large Grain Elevator continue west on the Ash Creek Road(dirt road) for approximately 14.5 miles to Ash Creek Road/Sunset Loop curve. Cross cattleguard (entering USFS land) and continue west approximately .25 miles.
Camp GPS coordinates: Datum NAD83 0574703 E/ 3597203 NOR N 32.20.587 W 110.12.286