Take Back Our Monument-Table Top Wilderness Area Clean-up and Restoration
When: Saturday December 1, 2012
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Table Top Wilderness Area, Sonoran Desert National Monument
Details: Join the Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument and the Bureau of Land Management to demonstrate that Americans will not be intimated from using their public land by removing trash and restoring a portion of the Table Top Wilderness Area damaged by illegal smugglers and undocumented aliens.
This event will involve hiking around 4-miles roundtrip in the Table Top Wilderness Area. Some hiking will be off trail over rough terrain.
Participants will meet on the Vekol Valley Road south of Exit 144 on Interstate 8 between Casa Grande and Gila Bend (Directions are below.) From this point we will caravan to the South Lava Flow Trailhead approximately 14-miles on a graded dirt road.
Participants should wear clothing and shoes appropriate for working outdoors, bring lunch, a water bottle, gloves and a pack. Water, snacks and tools will be provided.
East Valley: Drive on Interstate 10 south to the exit 164 for Maricopa and continue south through Maricopa on State Route 347 to State Route 84. Turn right (west) to Interstate 8 and drive to the Vekol Valley Road. Take exit 144 south to the Vekol Valley Road. Participants will meet at rendezvous point south of Interstate 8. This route is approximately 58-miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
West Valley: Take Interstate 10 west to Buckeye and take exit 112 for State Route 85 south to Gila Bend. From Gila Bend take Interstate 8 east to the Vekol Valley Road. Take exit 144 and travel south to the rendezvous point just south of Interstate 8. This route is approximately 115-miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
Registration required: Go to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480.648.9864 for more information and to register.
About Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument
Most Americans are proud of their natural and cultural heritage and perhaps no greater display of our appreciation for this heritage is our love for public land. Be the land, forest, desert or prairies, America has more public land than any other nation. Our public lands can be national and state forests, parks and monuments. They protect and conserve natural resources such as watersheds, endangered species and cultural resources such as prehistoric Native American villages and historic battlefields and trails. Public lands provide us with recreational opportunities, solitude and hosts of ecological services such as fresh air, drinking water and raw materials to build our society.
The Sonoran Desert National Monument southwest of Phoenix is such a place. Designated a National Monument in 2001 by President Clinton through the authority of the Antiquities Act, the Sonoran Desert National Monument is 487,000-acres of breathtaking Sonoran desert managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
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