Upcoming tentative Sawyer projects for 2022:
Project 2 April 29 - May 1 • Project 3 June 3 - 5 • Project 4 August 5 - 7
Project 5 August 26 - 28 • Project 6 September 30 - October 2
The Arizona Elk Society, in 2013, worked with the USFS to certify 14 Wildland Chain Saw operators, Sawyers, to work with AZGFD and the USFS to restore wildlife habitat throughout Elk range in Arizona. Each year since we have had some new volunteers get certified, as we grow so does the work that we can be doing for elk and wildlife. We restore grasslands, riparian meadows, and much more by removing invading pine and juniper trees.
If you have questions, please email Jessie Gianni
In early 2013, a dedicated group of 14 AES volunteers received certification from the USFS as Certified Chain Saw Operators (Sawyers). Their training was an intense 5-day course and we graduated both A and B Class Sawyers. After the certification, the sawyers went to work on volunteer projects to improve habitat for Elk and other wildlife in Arizona. Since 2013, our Sawyers have cut tens of thousands of trees helping the AES and USFS to restore forest health and grasslands.
Currently we are cutting back brush and trees from water catchments in Units 22 & 23. Thank you to all the current volunteers, sawyers and swampers. You guys have made a positive affect on the wildlife of Arizona.