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    Gray Wolves to be Removed From Endangered Species List

    Let the lawsuits begin!

    Full story can be found here.

    Northern Rocky Mountain Wolves Removed From Endangered Species List

    ScienceDaily (Feb. 24, 2008) — The gray wolf population in the Northern Rocky Mountains is thriving and no longer requires the protection of the Endangered Species Act, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett has announced. As a result, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will remove the species from the federal list of threatened and endangered species.

    “The wolf population in the Northern Rockies has far exceeded its recovery goal and continues to expand its size and range. States, tribes, conservation groups, federal agencies and citizens of both regions can be proud of their roles in this remarkable conservation success story,” said Scarlett, noting that there are currently more than 1,500 wolves and at least 100 breeding pairs in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.

    Service-approved state management plans will provide a secure future for the wolf population once Endangered Species Act protections are removed and the states assume full management of wolf populations within their borders. The northern Rocky Mountain DPS includes all of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, as well as the eastern one-third of Washington and Oregon, and a small part of north-central Utah.

    “With hundreds of trained professional managers, educators, wardens and biologists, state wildlife agencies have strong working relationships with local landowners and the ability to manage wolves for the long-term,” said Lyle Laverty, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. “We’re confident the wolf has a secure future in the northern Rocky Mountains and look forward to continuing to work closely with the states as we monitor the wolf population for the next five years.”

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    Posted on 24th February 2008
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    A Shout-Out to MyOutdoor TV

    MyOutdoor TV graciously offered to list my blog on their site awhile back. I get a fair number of visitors to this site via theirs, so I figured a “returned favor” was in order.

    So, take some time to pop on over to MyOutdoorTV.com to have a look at some cool videos, visit some neat blogs and more!

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    Posted on 24th February 2008
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    Help Clean Up Alamo

    Go fishing for trash to help Alamo Lake

    Lake clean-up set for March 1

    PHOENIX – It’s time to go fishing for trash to help one of the state’s most productive fishing holes, Alamo Lake.

    Arizona Game and Fish Department experts predict that Alamo Lake, about one hour and a half west of Wickenburg, will be one of this year’s hottest fishing spots in Arizona.

    The problem is that a lot of trash has accumulated around this wonderful lake during the past year. The solution? Come join volunteers and Game and Fish Department employees to clean up the shoreline and the Alamo Wildlife Area.

    The 9th annual Alamo Lake Cleanup is on March 1 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. In the past seven years, volunteers have picked up over 21 dump trucks full of trash around Alamo Lake.

    “Volunteers have removed everything from a kitchen sink to an old truck frame including the engine block,” says Alamo Lake wildlife manager Stewart Kohnke. “This is a great opportunity to give something back to a lake that so many local people enjoy.”

    The department will provide boats and trash bags for those who do not have them. The Alamo State Park will waive camp and launch fees for participants staying at the Cholla Campground Group Use Area. Registration begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 29 and runs through the morning of March 1 at the group use area.

    Come on out and help us make a difference.

    Note to media: Those media planning to attend who would like to ride in a department boat should contact manager Stewart Kohnke at (928) 684-3763. Photos of Alamo Lake are available by contacting public information officer Rory Aikens at (623) 236-7214.

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    Posted on 24th February 2008
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    SHOT Celebration - $3B Raised For Conservation

    From AZGFD:

    Wildlife conservation passes a $3 billion milestone

    A significant milestone was celebrated at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas recently - manufacturers have contributed $3 billion dollars since 1991 to finance wildlife conservation through the payment of federal excise taxes.

    The excise tax is a primary source of wildlife conservation funding in the United States. Since the inception of the excise tax in 1937, more than $5 billion dollars has been collected.

    “The firearms industry and sportsmen have been the unsung heroes of wildlife conservation in the United States. Together, they have helped create and fund a working model for wildlife conservation that is unsurpassed anywhere in the world. It is a remarkable achievement that benefits all wildlife enthusiasts,” said Arizona Game and Fish Director Duane Shroufe.

    In recognition of the recent funding milestone, a commemorative check for $3 billion dollars was presented to H. Dale Hall, the director of U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and Matt Hogan, the executive director of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), from key firearms industry leaders at the annual membership meeting of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) - the industry’s trade association.

    “Our industry is proud of its leading role in financially supporting wildlife conservation and protecting habitat,” said Doug Painter, NSSF president and chief executive officer. “We are especially proud that our industry stepped up to the plate for America’s wildlife and natural resources decades before ‘environmentalism’ became a popular movement.”

    The federal excise tax on firearms and ammunition products (11 percent on long guns and ammunition and 10 percent on handguns), is collected by the U.S. Treasury, Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and given to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) where it is deposited into the Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund, commonly referred to as the Pittman-Robertson Trust Fund.

    “The federal excise taxes paid by manufacturers of firearms and ammunition through the Wildlife Restoration program provide state wildlife agencies this critical funding necessary to help maintain wildlife resources, educate hunters and fund sport shooting ranges nationwide,” said Hall.

    In just the past 12 months, the firearms and ammunition industry has contributed more than $280 million to conservation via the Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax (FAET). This amount of money demonstrates a 41-percent increase over the last five years. The complete amount collected through federal excise tax payments, a number which includes payments from the archery and fishing industries, tops $1 billion a year.

    “For over 70 years, state fish and wildlife agencies have used the revenue from the Pittman-Robertson program to build the most successful wildlife conservation model the world has ever known,” said Hogan. “One needs only look at the return of species like the whitetail deer, wild turkey, pronghorn antelope and the wood duck, to name a few, to see that this money has been well spent for the benefit of all Americans.”

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    Posted on 21st February 2008
    Under: Conservation Groups, Events, General, Press Releases | 1 Comment »

    Report Dead Birds!

    From AZGFD:

    Public asked to assist bird monitoring efforts

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department is requesting the public’s assistance this spring in reporting ill or dead wetland birds (ducks, geese or shorebirds) or raptors (hawks, owls or eagles).

    The department, in coordination with other state and federal agencies, is conducting surveillance for the early detection of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus (also known as “bird flu”) in the United States. Although this strain of avian influenza has not yet been detected in the Western Hemisphere, the department is monitoring waterfowl populations to ensure it is prepared to respond if avian influenza, or any other significant avian disease, is detected in Arizona.

    The spring surveys consist of monitoring various lakes throughout the state, to inspect them for sick and dead birds. During the fall season, testing focuses on hunter-harvested birds.

    If you see ill or dead wetland birds or raptors while you are visiting any lake in Arizona this spring, please assist the monitoring program and report your observations by calling the toll-free bird monitoring hotline number at 1-877-97-AVIAN (1-877-972-8426) or by filling out a form online. For more information regarding avian influenza, visit www.azgfd.gov/ai.

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    Posted on 20th February 2008
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    Stay on the Roads

    From AZGFD

    Stay on roads and trails while shed antler hunting

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds all shed antler hunters to stay on roads and trails this season, if hunting for antlers on an off-highway vehicle.

    “Just like during the hunting season, we ask that you ‘walk while you stalk’,” says Joe Sacco, off-highway vehicle law enforcement program manager.” The department recommends that you ride your vehicle on the trails to the area where you think the antlers are, pack them out to your machine and drive them home on the roads.”

    Damage to areas where cross country riding occurs can take more than 100 years to recover, especially if the area where you go cross country is wet. Those tracks can be seen by other users as an open invitation to unknowingly ruin a pristine recreational area.

    A new illegal trail can cause a lot of problems for wildlife that live in that area. The noise could cause animals to leave their regular habitat, anything that drops off of a machine could be eaten by animals leading to unnecessary death, or someone could have a negative interaction with a very unhappy or startled animal. Minimizing impact on habitat is a key to successful wildlife conservation.

    Shed hunters are those hunters who look for antlers that have fallen off or been shed from game animals. Most animals shed their antlers in the spring and spend the summer and fall seasons growing a new set of antlers.

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    Posted on 20th February 2008
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    Seal Hunting - Oh Brother

    Living in eastern Canada, I grew up hearing a lot about seal hunts. Let’s face it, people are against seal hunting becasue they are cute. If they were ugly, or insects, or rodents, no one would care.

    Pamela Anderson has let her voice be heard in Paris. Seems that “”It (seal hunting) sickens me not just as a Canadian but as a human being,” Contactmusic quoted her, as saying.” Well, whoopty do. I’m going to deliver a letter to the consulate here in Phoenix, voicing my displeasure on skanks.

    These rich Hollywood types love to run their mouths about hunting, politics, you name it. How does starring in a movie (or a home-made adult one for that matter) qualify you to be a wildlife biologist. How does having a top forty single qualify you to be a foreign-policy expert? These people are a joke.

    I recall when I was young, a bunch of “stars” landed on the ice flows to protest the seal hunt. They helped spray paint the fuzzy white pups, with hopes of ruining the pelts and to make killing them of no value. They posed for photos, yapped some platitudes, got on their choppers and headed back for Beverly Hills or Manhattan, or wherever. I can’t speak for PETA, but if I recall - the polar bears were certainly grateful, as they happily munched the seal pups for the next few days - seal pups that stood out nicely on the ice and snow - spray painted flourescent colors!

    Google seal hunting and cod numbers. These seals are eaten, their pelts are used, and they provide much-needed revenue to communities that desperately need it.

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    Posted on 20th February 2008
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    Payson Fence Project Wins Award

    A cool update to this story.

    From AZGFD:

    Arizona’s State Route 260 wildlife protection project wins national environmental award

    Nearly ten years ago, a multi-agency project began in Arizona to incorporate wildlife-friendly components in the expansion plans for State Route 260, in a stretch east of Payson. Now the project is being recognized for its revolutionary concept and design with the 2008 National Environmental Excellence Award for Environmental Stewardship from the National Association of Environmental Professionals.

    A complex system of underpasses, wildlife fencing and a cutting-edge electric “wildlife crosswalk” were incorporated in roadway improvement design. The components aimed to reduce wildlife collisions along the increasingly busy stretch of road between Payson and Heber, by allowing wildlife populations to safely cross the roadway, reducing population isolation.

    “The State Route 260 project represents a truly groundbreaking collaborative effort of multiple partners over many years. It really was a labor of love, so national recognition from the environmental community is a great reward,” says Norris Dodd, the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s lead biologist on the project. “Even better, the wildlife components we incorporated into the design are proving very effective for motorists and wildlife.”

    Population growth and the ever-expanding network of highways in Arizona have led to increasing wildlife-vehicle encounters on some of the state’s most traveled routes. These collisions pose a risk to drivers and cost millions in property damage each year.

    Since activating the crosswalk component two years ago, the wildlife-vehicle collision rate has dropped 92 percent along the affected stretch of highway. The crosswalk was the first-of-its-kind in Arizona. It uses thermal infrared cameras that send images to sophisticated software normally used by the military to find targets. The software determines if the object is large enough-such as an elk or deer-to be a risk to motorists. Once an animal is detected, the software sends signals to electronic warning signs placed in advance of the crosswalk in either direction, and to flashing warning signs at the crosswalk.

    A 3-mile stretch of elk-proof fencing near the highway will funnel animals either to the crosswalk on the west end of the fence, or to the east, where there are underpasses.

    In addition to Arizona Game and Fish, several partners - Arizona Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Tonto National Forest, and contractors ElectroBraid Fence, Inc. and AZTEC Engineering, Inc. - developed the crosswalk system to work in conjunction with previously constructed underpasses and bridges being used as part of the Arizona Department of Transportation’s award-winning State Route 260 reconstruction project.

    The award will be presented in March at the 2008 National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) conference to be held in California. The NAEP is a non-profit organization comprised of scientists and planning experts dedicated to the advancement of ethical environmental practices worldwide.

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    Posted on 19th February 2008
    Under: Arizona News, Conservation Groups, General | 1 Comment »

    Wolves Targeting Humans?

    Lots of people would have us believe that wolves are just big, cuddly, misunderstood lap-dogs. I have posted lots of stories about coyotes getting more and more aggressive in urban areas. I found this great column by Dr. Valerius Geist, PhD which is very well-written - read the full article here.

    Some snippets:

    I am one of two scientists asked by the Carnegie family to independently investigate the death of Kenton, their son. The coroner’s inquest into this matter was narrowly focused on who killed Kenton Carnegie, to which the correct answer is: a wolf pack. It did not address wider policy issues such as conservation legislation, for the tragedy would almost certainly not have happened in British Columbia despite that province’s share of wolf attacks on humans, nor failures in scholarship that led to the wide and dogmatic acceptance of the view that wolves are not dangerous to humans. That myth has killed at least three persons in North America in the past decade, two of which were highly educated young people.

    Nobody involved in the tragedy, including the wolf specialist working on behalf of the coroner’s office, noticed that the habituated wolves had been targeting humans. However, students of urban coyotes described a stepwise progression of behavior, which is shown by coyotes that are targeting children in urban parks. This pattern of increasing familiarization with potential prey is identical in wolves and coyotes. In short, the situation at Camp North Landing was a disaster waiting to happen. Ironically, while biologists studying coyotes affirmed that coyotes targeted humans as prey, wolf biologists denied that wolves were dangerous to people.

    The most important sign that wolves are targeting humans as prey is wolves patiently observing humans. Such wolves may be short of natural prey or they many be well fed on garbage and already habituated to humans. Wolves patiently observing humans have begun the process of slow and steady familiarization with humans, that finally leads to an attack on humans. Such wolves need to be taken out. In British Columbia any licensed hunter can do that. The limit on wolves is three and the season long. It’s a safety valve. Healthy free-living wolves are virtually unhuntable, and the most likely candidates to be taken out are wolves disadvantaged by age or condition or rejected by their pack.

    I strongly urge you to read all of Dr. Geist’s comments, which can be found at the link above.

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    Posted on 19th February 2008
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    Best Fishing in 25 Years!

    Holy cow - we’ll take that!

    From AZGFD:

    Arizona fishing outlook is best in 25 years
    2008 is shaping up as the Year of the Pisces

    It is shaping up to be the best fishing year in Arizona in 25 years - this may indeed be the Year of the Pisces.

    According to Salt River Project (SRP), the projected runoff from the current snowpack is more than enough to fill Roosevelt Lake - for the first time since the dam was raised in 1996. The tremendous runoff in 2005 almost filled the lake, but was three feet shy at 96-percent full. “Our most recent runoff forecast is for inflow to exceed the amount necessary to bring Roosevelt Lake to 100 percent capacity,” predicted Mark Hubble, the senior hydrologist with SRP.

    Fisheries biologists with the Arizona Game and Fish Department see great things happening this year not just at Roosevelt, but most of the other fishing lakes as well. “This looks like an historic year in our fisheries, in large part because of the tremendous runoff in 2005 and resulting spawns, but also because of the widespread deep snowpack in the high country we haven’t experienced since at least 1993,” said Fisheries Branch Chief Kirk Young. “The Arizona fishing outlook is the best we’ve seen in 25 years or so.”

    Most of the state’s popular high elevation trout lakes should fill-and-spill this year, or have high water levels. Even some ephemeral waters, such as Lower Lake Mary near Flagstaff, should have enough water to be stocked with trout this year. “In 2005, Lower Lake Mary was transformed from being a large elk meadow into becoming our largest high country trout lake. “That could happen again this year,” Young said. Biologists are also hopeful that the state’s only two natural lakes - Mormon Lake and Stoneman Lake near Flagstaff - will experience significant filling.

    The story doesn’t end there. Young explained that the runoff in 2005 filled most of the inland desert lakes and resulted in a tremendous sport fish spawn that year. Those abundant sport fish in the various reservoirs from the 2005 spawn are now three years old, which is a prime spawning age.

    Plus, Roosevelt also had significant spawns in 2006 and a decent spawn in 2007. In addition, this year when Roosevelt fills it will inundate around 500 surface acres of habitat that has never been under water before. “Roosevelt will be going through what we call the ‘new lake syndrome.’ Its productivity will go right off the charts - again. Roosevelt will quite possibly become the best bass and crappie fishery in the Western United States, if it’s not there already,” said Young.

    In addition, both Bartlett and Horseshoe Lakes have filled - even before the spring runoff has commenced. Lake Pleasant has also received significant inflows, pumping welcome nutrients into this popular fishery. Alamo Lake west of Wickenburg has also risen significantly the past two months and the fishing outlook there is terrific as well.

    The snowpack outlook is also good for the Colorado River lakes, especially Lake Powell. According to the National Weather Service’s Colorado Basin River Forecast Center, the water supply outlook as of Feb. 1 shows the Upper Colorado River watershed at 140 percent of snowpack, the San Juan River watershed at 160 percent, and the Green River watershed at 107 percent.

    That is very good news for Lake Powell, which hit record low water levels the last several years. The expected increase in the lake level at Powell should create increased sport fish reproduction this year. Here’s why. While the lake level is down, vegetation - especially salt cedar - becomes established on the very fertile exposed lakebed. Much of that vegetation will become inundated this year, providing spawning cover, hiding cover and increased nutrients for sport fish and baitfish as well.

    If you haven’t bought your license and cleared some time for this spring and summer, this is your wake-up call to do so. You will definitely regret missing this year’s fishing opportunities. “These are the good ole days anglers will be reminiscing about for years to come. Get out and catch a memory,” Young said.

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    Posted on 19th February 2008
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    Grits Gresham Passes

    This just in from POMA.

    We lose a dear friend and true pioneer

    Grits Gresham 1922 - 2008

    Internationally Recognized Outdoorsman Grits Gresham Dies at 85

    Dear Industry Friends:

    Today we lost an outdoor journalism pioneer, teacher, advocate, role model and great friend. Grits Gresham passed away today at the age of 85.

    2/18/2008 — NATCHITOCHES, La. — Grits Gresham, noted outdoorsman, writer, author, and television personality, died Monday (Feb. 18), in his hometown of Natchitoches, after a lengthy illness at the age of 85.

    Gresham served as field host and producer for “The American Sportsman” television series on the ABC network, host of “Shooting Sports America” on ESPN, was shooting editor of Sports Afield magazine for 26 years, and was published in such wide-ranging magazines as Sports Illustrated and Gentleman’s Quarterly. He authored eight books, but may be best known for his role in the series of commercials for Miller Lite beer.

    Gresham was the fisherman among the athletes who made “Tastes Great, Less Filling” marketing buzzwords for more than a decade.

    His affable personality and love for the outdoors combined with his trademarks, a driftwood hat and white muttonchops, to make him a recognizable figure around the world. Entertainers such as Bing Crosby, Burt Reynolds, Jonathan Winters and Andy Griffith joined him on hunting and fishing trips, with a wide array of sports figures such as Olympic decathalon gold medalist Bruce Jenner, Pro Football Hall of Fame defender Buck Buchanan and 1976 NFL Most Valuable Player Bert Jones. Some celebrities maintained friendships with Grits, with quite a few traveling to visit him through the years at his home on the banks of Cane River Lake in Natchitoches.

    Arrangements are being made through the Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches, at 318-357-8271.


    The service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. Thursday evening.

    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Gresham Collection at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, 321 Bienville Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457, or in the name of Grits Gresham to the Alzheimer’s Association.

    Grits traveled the world for his work, and he particularly enjoyed his many trips to various African countries as well as fishing and hunting in South America. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII.

    A tireless worker for conservation, he was one of the first public voices bringing attention to the loss of wetlands along the Louisiana coastline, an area where he did much of his graduate work while at LSU.

    Gresham’s books include “The Complete Book of Bass Fishing,” “Fishes and Fishing In Louisiana,” “Fishing and Boating in Louisiana,” “The Sportsman and his Family Outdoors,” The Complete Wildfowler,” “Grits on Guns,” and “Weatherby: The Man, The Gun, The Legend.”

    One of Gresham’s proudest moments as an outdoor journalist came during an interview with President Ronald Reagan. The President shared with Grits a story no one in the national media had heard, that when he was a broadcaster in Des Moines, Iowa, Reagan had used a Colt pistol to save a nurse from a mugging on the street. After the story broke, the nurse came forward and confirmed the tale, although she did not know until then that the young man who had saved her with a gun so many years before had turned out to be the famous actor and United States President.

    Born Claude Hamilton Gresham, Jr. on June 21, 1922, in Spartanburg County, S.C., Grits was the fourth of five children of Claude H. Gresham and Belle Hill Gresham. He attended Blue Ridge School for Boys, the University of North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Yale and received his B.S. and M.S. from Louisiana State University.

    He is survived by his sons, Kent and Tom Gresham, and a daughter, Barbara Gresham Hammerman, along with three sisters and three grandchildren.

    Gresham’s many awards include the Winchester Outdoorsman of the Year, Alumnus of the Year in the LSU School of Forestry and Wildlife Management; induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and LSU Hall of Distinction; awards for excellence in writing and contributions to conservation from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Northwestern State University. In 2006 he received the only Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which then established, with the Professional Outdoor Media Association, an ongoing “Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator” award.

    Last summer, his family announced the donation to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation of a wide array of items from “The Gresham Collection,” including memorabilia, writings, photography, outdoor art and audio and video recordings by Grits and his late wife Mary.

    The Hall of Fame Foundation is currently engaged with the state of Louisiana and the Louisiana State Museum System to develop an innovative Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame museum in Natchitoches. The items donated by the Gresham family will be featured in the mutli-faceted museum, which had ground-breaking ceremonies Jan. 10.

    Items to be included in the collection from the entire scope of the life and work of Grits and Mary Gresham include ABC-TV’s “American Sportsman” series memorabilia, “Miller Lite All Stars” memorabilia, Crosby Golf Tournament memorabilia; firearms, fishing gear, camping, birding and boating items; an array of awards, books, writings, recordings, illustrations, art and photography; and Grits’ trademark, “The Hat.” Also to be included are National Duck Stamp process items, memorabilia from Gresham’s international travel, as well as his history and formative years, which included a collegiate baseball career before World War II and a professional baseball contract signed in 1946 with the Chicago Cubs organization.

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    Posted on 18th February 2008
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    ADBSS Habitat Project

    Finally…after more than 5 years of wrangling…
    Danny Nasca Tank Redevelopment

    February 15-17, 2008

    Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society • PO Box 21705 • Mesa, Arizona 85277
    (480) 854-8950 voice • (480) 854-8966-fax

    Visit our website: www.adbss.org

    GMU 44A, New Water Mountains GPS Coordinates of Site: N 33° 36.58’; W 114° 00.32’

    From Phoenix or Tucson travel west on I-10 to Exit 31 for US 60 and Brenda. Go northeast on US 60 approximately
    2.9 miles and turn right on the Ramsey Mine Rd. Proceed south 1.2 miles over I-10 and another 1.7 miles
    further south. Take left turn (east) and proceed 0.2 miles to camp.

    This project is considered a redevelopment of the existing pothole but will be a new buried PVC pipe system located
    a couple hundred yards south. Project will be similar to the Silver Queen project in 2006 and consist of 2
    rows of 24” diameter buried pipe, 140’ long, for storage, a collection line and a 3’ deep trough. PLEASE NOTE
    THAT EARLY ARRIVALS WILL BE NEEDED FOR THIS PROJECT! The drilling and blasting work will be accomplished
    prior to our arrival but we still need a full work day Friday to begin the excavation and installation. Plan on
    arriving Thursday evening if possible and working through Sunday so that we can finish this project in one weekend
    and not have to return with added expense.

    Relatively easy but rocky and a lot of cactus.

    1) Please note that this project has been our #1 priority since 2002.
    2) The project is located in the New Water Mountain Wilderness. The project site is in a very rocky, prickly, setting
    and construction activities during the day will at times be very intense.
    3) Please closely follow the map, flagging and signs to the campsite and do not wonder onto any other roads.
    4) Please bring your own firewood, charcoal, or propane stoves for cooking/heating. Collecting firewood is discouraged.
    5) Dirt road to campsite is in good shape and likely passable for travel trailers and RV’s.
    6) Please bring your own water and plenty of it.
    7) Project is funded by the Arizona Special Bighorn Sheep Tag fund.
    All campsites must be within 50 feet or less of the existing road. There is sufficient space for all vehicles but
    spacing may need to be tight.
    9) Please minimize disturbance to soils and existing vegetation. Respect the fragile desert when parking and haul
    away all trash. Fire rings and vehicle tracks should be completely raked out when leaving the campsite.
    This is a very remote desert area and the possibilities of danger and life threatening injuries exist. Volunteers
    should have a reliable vehicle, be in good physical condition and be familiar with desert terrain. Bring plenty of
    water. Volunteers should wear protective clothing and bring a lunch, rain parka, sunscreen and water (enough for
    one day) to the project site. Please follow your map and do not drive off existing roadways. Campsites should not
    be located more than 50 feet from the apparent two track roads in and around the camp area. Vehicle tracks leading
    to camps should be raked out upon your departure. Project sites are often unsafe for young children due to the
    steep terrain and the use of construction equipment. Parents or guardians must maintain direct control and supervision
    of any minors on the project site at all times. Projects will take place regardless of local weather conditions.
    All ADBSS projects feature a catered Saturday evening meal and Sunday breakfast.

    Membership in the ADBSS will put you on the mailing list to receive project flyers and maps.

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    Posted on 18th February 2008
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