Gila Watershed Partnership March 2016 Newsletter
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Continuing the Legacy of the CCC

Arizona Consrevation Corps Crews - Spring 2016 Gila River Restoration Project. Photo Courtesy of Shawn Stone.

          Arizona Conservation Corps has been a partner with the Gila Watershed Partnership for four years.  Two Arizona Conservation Corps Alumni staff the ranks of GWP alongside a locally placed AZCC staff member.  This partnership has allowed both organizations to develop additional capacity, gain productivity, efficiency, explore and develop new funding sources, expand staffing, build and retain critical technical skills, improve risk management, and serve the local community holistically.
          AZCC Field Program Director, Brian Gold, will discuss the history, operation, and impact of the Conservation Corps with specific focus on the partnership with GWP and land management agencies in and around Safford, AZ at the next GWP meeting April 13th at 7pm in the General Services Building, 921 Thatcher Blvd, Safford, AZ. 

Current Project Updates

Restoring the Upper
Gila River

  • Chainsaw crews and the excavator mulching operation are still in full swing. Crews stop on April 5th and project site clearing stops on April 15th.
  • Fire near Pima Bridge on Sunday March 13th burned 10 acres. Burned plants are recovering and new vegetation is emerging

AZCC Crew Member sharpening a chainsaw. Photo Courtesy of Shawn Stone.


Growing with the Gila Native Plant Nursery

Restoration assistant collecting seeds. Photo courtesy of Justin Johnson. 

  • Rock donated to pollinator garden courtesy of our partners at BLM and the Safford Federal Correctional Institute. 
  • Bulldozer from U of A Cooperative Extension used to improve the pollinator garden site at Discovery Park. 
  • Cottonwood and willow seed collections in process for a hydro-seeding project.
Birding in Greenlee County
  • Ribbon cutting event planned in conjunction with the opening of the splash pad in Clifton on Saturday May 14th. 
Kestrel. Photo courtesy of Rachel. More-Hla.
  • Signage, maps, and brochures have been ordered. Website in the works. 
  • Kiosk being installed at Veterans Park in Clifton.

Botanical Etymology of the Gila Watershed

By Justin Johnson
Marah gilensis, or wild cucumber is a vine typically found growing up a mesquite or other trees inhabiting washes and streams. Although related to the cucumber (Cucurbitaceae), don’t let the common name fool you. The prickly fruit is very bitter and non-edible.
Marah, Hebrew marah, bitterness, referring to the intensely bitter roots; see the story of the “Waters of Marah” in the Bible (Exodus 15:23-25).
gilensis, from the Gila region in southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona. The word gila is probably a Spanish corruption of an Indian word, most likely the Apache word for mountain, often transliterated as tsihl or dzil.
Etymology Source: Allred, Kelly W. (2012). Flora Neomexicana II: Glossarium Nominum Second Edition

Thank you to our Partners:

AZ Department of Agriculture 
AZ Department of Environmental Quality
AZ Department of Transportation
AZ Game and Fish Department
AZ State Land Department
City of Safford
Eastern Arizona College
Farm Bureau
Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
Gila Valley Irrigation District
Gila Valley NRCD
Graham County
Graham County Chamber of Commerce
Greenlee County
Greenlee County Cattle Growers
Natural Resource Conservation Service
Southwest Decision Resources
Tamarisk Coalition
Town of Clifton
Town of Duncan
Town of Pima
Town of Thatcher
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service – Apache-Sitgreaves and Coronado
U of A Cooperative Extension
U of A Water Resource Research Center
And many Community Members

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P.O. Box 1614 Thatcher, AZ 85552

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