My name is Erin O’Keefe, I am the Open Space Aide working with Betsy Emery in the City of Flagstaff Open Space Program. This year, I will be assisting with coordinating volunteer events throughout the summer at Picture Canyon. Since you all are very knowledgeable about invasive plants and very dedicated to conservation at Picture Canyon, I wanted to touch bases and get some input about best days and times for scheduling volunteer efforts throughout the summer. Would you prefer mornings to afternoons for weed-pulling events? Also, do weekdays work better (perhaps Fridays) or are weekends preferred? We will be advertising these volunteer events with the public and are hoping to organizer the monthly pulls between April and September, depending on the conditions on the ground.
So far, we have set one volunteer event for Picture Canyon in celebration of Arbor Day. We recently met with another Picture Canyon steward with the Northern Arizona Audubon Society and decided on hosting an event on Saturday, April 29th from 9am-12pm at Picture Canyon. We are envisioning a two in one effort where we are able to have some volunteers pull fencing from the riparian area near the pond while other volunteers remove invasive weeds in the same area (and hopefully are able to remove the Scotch thistles that survived last year). Please let us know if you are available on this day and are interested, or know of others who may be interested in participating. Feel free to share this information with anyone else that might be interested in volunteering.
We are excited to begin our volunteer planning for the summer! Thank you for all the continued support. I look forward to meeting each of you in person in the near future. Have a great rest of your week.
Erin O’Keefe | Open Space Aide VISTA
City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program