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National Public Lands Day projects to benefit Bighorn sheep

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Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013 1:53 pm

The public is invited to celebrate the 20th annual National Public Lands Day by joining Friends of Ironwood Forest, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Bureau of Land Management and the Tucson Soaring Club for projects to benefit bighorn sheep.

Volunteers are needed to improve habitat on the Ironwood Forest National Monument for the last remaining native bighorn sheep herd in the extended Tucson area.

Volunteers will work to remove vegetation from around water catchments to provide wildlife with a clean and safe supply of water. Some volunteers will clean up trash and recreational shooting debris to protect wildlife habitat near the Cocio Wash.

Volunteers should wear outdoor appropriate clothes (long sleeves and pants recommended), sturdy shoes, hat and sunscreen. Bring a water bottle and your friends. Tools, gloves, snacks, T-shirts, and brunch will be provided.

Volunteers will meet at the Marana Airport on Avra Valley Rd at 7:30 am, carpool to work sites and be finished by 10:30 am.

All volunteers are invited to attend a free brunch and presentation about the Desert Bighorn Sheep at the El Tiro Gliderport, just a short drive from the work sites.

Sign up and get more info by contacting Lahsha Brown, Executive Director of the Friends of Ironwood Forest, at lahsha@ironwoodforest.org or 520-628-2092.

Additional information is available at www.ironwoodforest.org.

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