[Gila_stacruz_mws] Fwd: MWS meeting minutes
emanuel at Ag.arizona.edu
Thu Jul 21 15:43:19 MST 2005
Thanks to Robyn Baker and Dorothy Riddle for their hard work on these notes.
>From: "Baker, Robyn" <RBaker at Scottsdaleaz.Gov>
>To: "Robert Emanuel (E-mail)" <emanuel at Ag.arizona.edu>
>Subject: MWS meeting minutes
>Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 18:25:41 -0700
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>Arizona Master Watershed Steward Meeting, Maricopa County
>Wednesday, July 13, 2005
>Our meeting began at 6:00 pm with a potluck and socializing.
>Robert Emanuel called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.
>Doug Green made comments about his recent visit to Pinal Peak near Globe,
>AZ. At an altitude of approximately 5500 feet he observed giant sequoia,
>sugar pines, wildflowers, etc. He will be happy to provide info about his
>trip to anyone wishing to visit the area.
>Dorothy Riddle made comments about her recent river trip with Katie Lee.
>Amber Huntoon made comments about her recent contact with Dana at Saguaro
>National Monument. Dana wishes to connect with our MWS group.
>Robert Emanuel led a discussion of invasive plant species and their
>relationship to recent area fires. Some of the invasive species are African
>and/or Mediterranean in origin. Regarding the recent Cave Creek Complex
>fire, Rob would like to formulate strategies to deal with resulting
>watershed problems. It was mentioned that the fire may have affected the
>Seven Springs area where our MWS class had conducted a field trip. Jim
>Oravetz suggested a comparison of photos of the area before and after fire
>damage. Coreen Young mentioned that she was acquainted with the mayor of
>Cave Creek and will contact him regarding how our MWS group may be of
>service to the Cave Creek Community in the aftermath of the Cave Creek
>Complex fire. Rob suggested that everyone consider contacts they may have
>with folks owning private land in the area, as the private land sector could
>provide an opportunity for MWS involvement. Rob hopes to hear more
>information regarding the fire from Cathy Nelson at Tonto National Forest.
>Doug Green asked about Bull Thistle Removal as a volunteer opportunity with
>Volunteers of Outdoor Arizona. He was referred to website
><http://www.voaz.org/index.htm>. Members suggested that our group should be
>receiving e-mails from VOAZ.
>Rob reported that business cards for MWS graduates are in the process of
>being made. Members who haven't already done so, should contact Rob with
>personal information for the business card. Only a limited number of
>business cards will be printed.
>Members who haven't already done so should provide their Bio information in
>250 words or less to Rob ASAP.
>Master Watershed Steward badges were awarded to members who had completed 40
>hours of volunteer service. Those receiving badges were: Jim Oravetz, Don
>Ziegler, Deb Sparrow, Sandy Heunish, Coreen Young, and Cathy Mullan.
>A planning session for the upcoming MWS meeting with the Upper Eagle Creek
>Watershed Association was conducted. Chase Caldwell and Robert Emanuel set
>date(s) of Friday, August 12, Saturday, August 13, and Sunday August 14 for
>the meeting. At the event the UECWA will conduct an orientation. Biologist,
>Bill Hayes with Rob's assistance will conduct macro-invertebrate
>discussion/collection with the group. Other activities are pending. The
>meeting/campout will be held in the Clifton/Morenci area at the Honeymoon
>Campground. Chase will provide maps to campground and more info regarding
>Morenci motels for those not wishing to camp. Rob will design a signup for
>attending MWS members. When signing up for the event members will need to
>provide information as to number in their party, whether they plan to camp
>or stay at a motel, whether they plan to take their meals with the group,
>whether they have any food allergies, whether they can provide room in their
>vehicle for carpoolers. The deadline for signup is August 5. The UECWA will
>provide a barbeque for the meeting. MWS attending should plan to be at the
>campground no later than 4:30 pm on Friday, August 12. Judy Curtis is
>planning a menu for MWS group meals - 2 breakfasts, and 1 dinner. Dorothy
>Riddle is providing a camp kitchen, including place settings for 15. Amber,
>Coreen, and Chris Kolstad have offered to help with cooking. As much as a
>$15 fee may be assessed members attending and taking meals with MWS group.
>Further details will be provided as they develop.
>Dr. Mike Crimmins of the Climate Monitoring Applications Program at the
>University of Arizona discussed with the group his statewide rainfall
>monitoring program called Arizona Rainfall Roundup. The program will provide
>data about rainfall in urban and rural settings to be used in drought
>monitoring programs at county, state, and national levels. Ultimately other
>types of monitoring may be added to the program, resulting in large scale
>and long-term data for climate studies. Members were asked to offer
>suggestions regarding groups that may wish to participate in this volunteer
>program. Discussion followed with suggestions for networking this program.
>Stewards interested in this program should visit the website
><http://cals.arizona.edu/climate/proj/rr/index.htm> to participate.
>The next MWS meeting will be the August 12-14 Eagle Creek Campout with
>UECWA. The following meeting will be an evening meeting on September 14 at
>the Broadway Cooperative Extension Service Office.
>The meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.
Robert M. Emanuel
Statewide Program Coordinator
Arizona Master Watershed Steward Program
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
301 Forbes Building
Tucson, AZ 85721
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