AES Northern Arizona Peaks Chapter
Started in the winter of 2017 the new AES Northern Arizona Peaks Chapter has formed to serve communities in northern Arizona. Since our inception Northern Arizona has been one of the focal points of our habitat funding, volunteer projects, and the Water for Wildlife program. Hundreds of thousands of acres has been restored and hundreds of water catchments have been rebuilt and maintained.
If you are interested in helping out on the Chapter Committee, volunteer or donor please contact: Jimmy Mehen - email@example.com - 928-699-7199
Next Committee meeting: Feb. 24, 5:00PM, at Sportsman's Warehouse
Those interested in attending the Committee Meeting please RSVP to Jimmy Mehen - 928-699-7199
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What Does The AES Do?
Every year sportsmen and women want to know what the Arizona Elk Society is doing here in AZ. Here is the answer: please watch this video and get involved. Without the support of our volunteers, we could not run the successful program we do.
May 6-7, 2017 - Long Valley - near Clints Wells. - This project is only for certified sawyers.
Long Valley Meadow Work Weekend
May 19-21, 2017 - Long Valley - near Clints Wells. - This allotment had many issues that made many parts of it challenging to the family that had worked it for years grazing cattle. Many threatened and endanger wildlife species live in the area and with the restrictions to grazing, it wasn’t economically feasible to graze cattle. The AES signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Forest Service to work towards improving and restoring the natural elements of the habitat for the wildlife and our future generations.
HUNTS FOR HEROES
Arizona Elk Society started a new program "Hunts for Heroes" to help disabled veterans here in Arizona heal through hunting. Our first hunt is in the books. Kevin Widner was our first hunter and harvested a great antelope in Northern AZ. Program Director Dave Holbrook set up the hunt with our great friends at High Point Outfitters from Flagstaff. John from HPO and his guides did a great job.
Thank You to all that had a hand in this hunt and
Thank You to Kevin for his service to the United States.
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.
The department relies on valuable data that collars provide in making science-based decisions that determine the most effective wildlife management practices. The stored data can include an animal’s behaviors, movement patterns and frequency, individual and group dynamics, home-range size and more.
The technology is not inexpensive. A collar can range in cost up to several thousands of dollars. When factoring in additional costs of human resources, equipment and capture, the department is making a substantial investment in each collared animal. A portion of the funding comes from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program, a stalwart national funding source for state conservation and recreational opportunities.
It’s also helpful for hunters to report the date and location of their harvest when returning an undamaged collar to any department office statewide. For more information, call (602) 942-3000.