April 26, 2018
The Arizona Elk Society is proud to be recognized by the United States Forest Service in Washington, D.C. as the winner of this year’s Partnership Award for its cooperation with the Coconino National Forest in the Southwestern Region. Last year, the Arizona Elk Society mobilized 150 volunteers in the first phase of a high elevation meadow restoration project to stabilize streambanks and reduce erosion; maintain the meadow over time; and benefit a number of threatened and endangered wildlife species, elk, and downstream aquatic life. A longstanding partner of the Coconino National Forest, the Arizona Elk Society has played a major role in assisting the national forest with stream, wetland, and riparian restoration projects. The Arizona Elk Society has engaged numerous other partners to contribute more than 10,000 volunteer hours over the past decade.
In October of 2017 Steve Clark, Executive Director of AES did a presentation at the site of the Long Valley project to local Arizona Forest service personnel and USFS representatives from Washington. Stephen Clark will be in Washington D.C. on June 12th to do a presentation on the project and receive the award at the awards ceremony at the US Department of Agriculture.