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National Public Lands Day Project
September 23 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
The fourth Saturday in September is National Public Lands Day, an annual occurrence when volunteers perform stewardship projects in our nation’s public lands and protected areas. This year we will be starting a restoration project on the Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area where wildfire had decimated a Joshua tree forest. We will be digging holes to prepare for planting Joshua tree seedlings, and hiking wire cages to the planting locations to protect the young plants from herbivory.
Each person will need to bring a shovel, gloves, sturdy footwear, sun protection and drinking water. Hand-held power augers may be permitted for use by their owners. We will meet and carpool to the project site from two locations at 8:00 am. It may require driving your vehicle about 65 miles roundtrip from the St George area; 2 miles will be over a graded dirt road off of old Highway 91. We will work on the project site for about 3 hours, then return to St George to provide lunch for participants. This project is not suitable for young children. You must sign up at https://forms.gle/UosrfdDbzrxSB3eS6 to attend this event.
Future dates in late October/early November will be advertised for planting the young trees when the weather has cooled for good transplant survival.