EAGLE SCOUT PROJECTS PROGRAM
In an effort to get more Boy Scouts involved in wildlife conservation the Arizona Elk Society has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Boy Scouts. The Eagle Scout Project Program is designed to offer outdoor wildlife related projects that will challenge the Boy Scouts working to attain there Eagle Scout status.
This program has a direct tie into the AZGFD new Eagle and Gold Scout hunting license for the scouts. Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts who have reached the highest level in their organization, and up to and through the calendar year of their 20th birthday, can now get a reduced fee Honorary Scout combination hunting and fishing license (Class F). Recipients of the Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of Scouts of America and Girl Scouts who have achieved the Gold Award are eligible for this reduced fee license.
Those wishing to obtain this license will need to complete the Honorary Scout License application and present the required documentation at any Department office will qualify for the reduced fee of $5.
Associated with this new class of license, the Department has launched a partnership with outdoor groups like the Arizona Elk Society. The AES will give the scouts a free annual membership to our organization. This partnership will allow the Scouts to become part of the AES to help them learn about hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation.
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Buck Springs Zuni Bowls
This project is designed to place energy dissipaters in select riparian area creeks where the corridors for water have been eroded. There are two approaches to this project. The first is referred to as “Zuni Bowls” and are rock layers places in the eroded streambed to allow the streambed to begin to heal the scars from erosion and stop the down cutting.
Buck Springs Log Jams
This project is designed to place energy dissipaters in select riparian area creeks where the corridors for water have been eroded. There are two approaches to this project. A second type of energy dissipater is a log jamb where locally harvested logs are placed in the streambed to reduce head cutting and allow recovery.
Slate Lakes Grassland Restoration
This is a project that the Arizona Elk Society worked on in 2010 where we cleared about 150 acres adjacent to Highway 180. There are a number of small pines that have grown up since we cleared the area that need to be removed while they are small 4 and easily cut and scattered. This project has been approved by the Forest Service and is ready to go.
Buck Springs Meadow Fence
This project is designed to replace a fence segment that is used to protect a key wildlife meadow called Long Meadow. Decades ago, the current fence was put in place to restrict driving and camping in the meadow but the fence has deteriorated to the point that it no longer functions as a true barrier.
IDA Grassland Restoration
This project is similar to the Slate Lakes project. We are working each year to remove small juniper and pine trees that have encroached on the Ida Grasslands. The area, 50,000 acres has been approved for mechanical thinning by agra-axe machines and the AES, with volunteers have gone in and started removing all the smaller diameter trees by hand. This removes the small trees so the agra-axe can spend all of its time on the larger trees, saving time and money in the process.