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The Lodge at Sierra Blanca Preserve -- We were there!

Many event participants enjoy reviewing the results and photos and sharing this with family and friends. Participants can experience the thrill of "Googling" their name and possibly finding several hits. Non-participants can see what they missed (avoided?) and prospective volunteers can get an idea of what VOAz events are like and make an assessment of the wisdom of associating with this organization.

Interactive map of VOAz Projects

Active Projects

Central Arizona Invasive Plant Removal

VOAz works with various land managers to remove noxious weeds (Buffel grass, Fountain Grass, Malta Starthistle, Bull Thistle, Saltcedar) from sites in central Arizona.

Grand Canyon National Park

VOAz is pleased to partner with Grand Canyon National Park. We completed noxious plant removal and trail tasks at our first event in 2008. Additional events are anticipated that draw on VOAz strengths to address park priorities.

Jug Trail Extension at Salome Creek (Lake Roosevelt)

VOAz consolidated many wildcat exit trails from the popular slot canyon on Salome Creek into a single trail and now performs bi-annual maintenance work.

Montezuma Castle National Monument/Well (Camp Verde)

VOAz conducts a variety of restorations and enhancement projects at the Well, including maintenance of the archaic/historic irrigation channel.

NEW! Reach 11 Barrier Free Trail (Phoenix)

VOAz is repairing a three quarter mile asphalt trail for the City of Phoenix. Located off Tatum Blvd. between Bell Road and Tatum. This trail features a dense mesquite, palo verde, and acacia Bosque that is a favorite for trail users, birders, and wildlife. The work includes repairs to the supporting berm and drainage crossings and the tread surface.

South Mountain Park Trails & Landscape Rehabilitation (Phoenix)

VOAz was able to complete one mile of new trail along northwest boundary of the park to replace the loss of an important park access due to land development. (Completed in 2008) Work is continuing in the heavily used eastern end of the park.

young Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona

Launched in 2008 with funding from REI, this program provides outdoor volunteering education and work opportunities to young people. Events are typically custom scheduled for groups from area schools and other organizations on weekdays or weekends.

Completed & Inactive Projects

Agua Fria Watercourse Trail (Glendale)

Arizona Trail - Highline Segment (Pine)

The Arizona Trail and the Highline Trail overlap for about 18 miles from Pine Trailhead east to Washington Park. VOAz has worked on the middle portion of this segment heading out from Geronimo Trailhead in both directions. VOAz has worked on six segments of the Arizona Trail.

Arizona Trail at Whitford Canyon (near Superior)

Black Canyon Trail (New River)

Boyce Thompson Arboretum (Superior)

Brown Ranch (Scottsdale)

Canopy Trail at Dead Horse Ranch State Park (Cottonwood)

Canyon Point Campground (Heber)

Caroline Bartol Preserve Nature Trail (Cave Creek)

Cave Creek Watershed Restoration

Dolan Springs Trail
On February 28 & March 1, 2009, twenty seven volunteers from VOAz and the community of Dolan Springs held a kick-off trail building and training event for a new trail project. Over 2,700 feet of trail was built in a beautiful area of Joshua Tree dotted desert on the edge of town. Ten community volunteers received a short course on the fundamentals of crew leadership so that they may help lead future community based work events.
Photo Album

General Springs Canyon Habitat Protection (Mogollon Rim)

VOAz completed several trail repair and habitat interventions to reduce erosion adjacent to a native fish breeding area.

Gatlin Archeological Site (Gila Bend)

Crayfish removal on Fossil Creek (Strawberry)

Hart Prairie Preserve (Flagstaff)

Since 2001, VOAz volunteers have enjoyed this spectacular setting and cabin comforts while undertaking a wide variety of preservation and restoration tasks.

Hassayampa River Preserve (Wickenburg)

Riparian Stream Restoration at Hubbell Trading Post National Monument (Ganado)

From 2003 to 2006, VOAz crews helped to complete a highly successful riparian stream restoration project lead by Bill Zeedyk of New Mexico.

Jewel of the Creek Preserve (Cave Creek)

From 2003 to 2007, VOAz completed a new, sustainable trail network in one of the few remaining riparian zones in the Valley. Rutted wildcat trails were closed and the landscape rehabilitated. Numerous water harvest structures were built to retain runoff and protect the creek.

Orme School Service Caravans

Overlook Trail (Fountain Hills)

P.A. Seitts Preserve (Cave Creek)

The goals of this project were to enhance the preserve, protect sensitive archeological sites along Cave Creek, and build a network of sustainable trails that provide recreation access to non-motorized trail users, including links to the Cave Creek Regional Park immediately to the west.

Peace Garden Trail (Sedona)

Pinnacle Peak Trail (Scottsdale)

Range Restoration on Double Check Ranch (Dudlyville)

Rodeo-Chedeski Burn Area (Heber)

Salida View Trail #95 (Prescott)

This new trail near Prescott (& Lynx Lake) replaced a trail paasing through a sensitive archeological site.

San Pedro River Preserve Dudleyville)

Save the Aspen (Flagstaff)

Sevenmile Trail (Fort Apache)

Under an agreement with the White Mountain Apache Tribe, VOAz is helping to complete the first 2 plus miles of the Sevenmile Trail development plan.

Sierra Blanca Preserve (Alpine)

In July of 2001, The Nature Conservancy of Arizona asked VOAz to complete and repair a perimeter fence around this new preserve in the White Mountains of Eastern Arizona. Based out of the magnificent lodge pictured at the top of this page, Volunteers came for varying lengths of time over the ten days it took to complete the work.

Sonoita Creek Nature Trail (Patagonia)

A new birding trail below Lake Patagonia has several challenging transitions from the original flood plain to the deeply incised creek channel. VOAz worked to lower the trail gradients and stabilize banks. The available rock was of insufficient size, and some of the rock work was subsequently washed away.

Tres Rios Ranch (Wickenburg)

VOAz Loop Trail (Phoenix)

VOAz has worked on several reaches of a trail that wraps an unnamed peak and is most directly reached through Dreamy Draw. Much of the original trail is steep and severely eroded. Most of the work has involved heavy-duty realignment.

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