HWY 82 Clean -Up
One of A.Z.Q.F.’s latest initiatives is The A.D.O.T. Adopt a Highway Clean Up Program.The Chapter committed to 1 mile of AZ Hwy 82 between Patagonia and Sonoita,(mile markers 28-29).The Chapter’s goal is to conduct 3-4 clean ups per year.On our first clean up day 9 Chapter Members picked up 27 Bags of garbage, everything from Soda cans to a Refrigerator.Contact Us to get involved.
Water for Wildlife Project
In the Fall of 2015 the chapter initiated a program to improve water availability for quail.Specifically,we targeted existing wells on public lands that were originally designed to service livestock.These wells would be modified by adding ground level troughs useable by not only quail,but all wildlife,and would be maintained as year-round waters.The modified wells provide a key habitat element during periods of extended drought without relying on seasonal rains.
PIMA County,owner of a large block of land west of the Whetstone Mountains, was the first organization contacted. They welcomed our idea and advised they too had embraced the same concept. Additionally, they had already initiated well modifications on some of their properties.
In partnership with PIMA County Natural Resources Division, we selected a well located on the north end of the Sands Ranch as our first candidate.Our agreement is for Southern Arizona Quail Forever to fund the purchase of the equipment needed to modify the well, while PIMA County will acquire the hardware,
store it until needed, and deliver it to the site. They will also provide the manpower to install the modification with volunteer assistance from our Chapter.One of our volunteers has agreed to provide welding service needed to assemble the fencing that will surround the trough; protecting it from damage by cattle.
Fall of 2016 was selected for incorporating the modification.We anticipate this is only the beginning of the program.We intend a repetition annually for the foreseeable future.