Invasive species are one of the biggest threats to our park’s ecosystem health. They outcompete native plants, decrease biodiversity and increase wildfire occurrences and magnitude. Join the new Desert Defenders program to help us find and remove these plants!
March-April Dominant Species removed Stinknet, Malta star thistle, Russian thistle, and cool-season grasses.
Desert Defenders is a citizen science program focused on finding, mapping, and removing invasive species at Maricopa County Parks. The Invasive plant species that we will be mapping and/or removing are the dominant invasive species that have severely impacted our park's natural ecosystems and contributed to our most recent wildfires. The data collected through the mapping work and the invasive species removal efforts will help reduce the invasive plants and reduce wildfire potential within the parks. The Desert Defenders is crucial for park staff and land managers to protect the desert parks we all love.
Please join us at Cave Creek Regional Park on Thursday, May 6, 2021:
Invasive Species Weed Pulls; Include physically removing invasive plants by pulling, bagging, and disposing. Please bring gloves, hand tools such as weed digger or screwdriver can be helpful (depends on species and recent precipitation) bring water, snack, and dress appropriately for working around desert plants (spiny plants) in long sleeve shirt, pants, and closed-toed shoes.
Please check-in at the Go John Trailhead prior to 7:30 am. We will hold a Safety briefing prior to starting. Please note - We will be hiking for approximately 30 minutes to reach the worksite. You must be in good physical condition with the ability to work outdoors, standing, walking, and or bending over in the desert heat the entire time.
Covid 19-Adhere to state covid protocols including wearing a mask when within 6 ft of others, social distance and we will be grouping ten-person per leader to avoid overcrowding, so there may be some email communications the day before the event that direct you to a different meeting location within the park that is scheduled.
To register, please click on the link https://signup.com/go/TPhaUKL.