North Rim Climate & Vegetation Broadwork
North Kaibab Plateau, Arizona
Members: $195.00 • Non-Members: $235
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A Garden of Delight
This is an exceptional opportunity to make a real difference while experiencing a high-elevation, “sky island” on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Broads will join with Grand Canyon Trust (GCT) to learn about and assist with a top-notch scientific project designed to investigate the response of native plants to climate change.
Broads will work with staff from GCT and Northern Arizona University (NAU) as part of the Southwest Experimental Garden Array (SEGA) project.
We will be the boots on the ground—with tools in hand—assisting with fence maintenance, planting western white pines; working on irrigation systems, remote sensing, and solar electricity infrastructure; taking baseline measurements to model drought, and vegetation surveys. No experience necessary—everyone will be fully trained for tasks. GCT will provide all field equipment, tools, and instruction.
This is Living! (And Giving!)
You’ll experience stunning views into the Grand Canyon and old-growth ponderosa pine stands that have never been logged (perfuming the air with vanilla!)
At 8,000 feet, we’ll have cool days and even cooler nights sitting around the campfire with a great bunch of Broads. Fall asleep under the greatest show on Earth—a star-filled sky! The night sky on the North Rim, devoid of light pollution, is unlike anything you’ve seen.
Participants will arrive on Monday afternoon, settle in, have dinner, and be orientated by our GCT hosts, Andrew Mount and Lisa Winters. We’ll work on garden projects Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and head our separate ways after a leisurely breakfast on Friday.
Consider sticking around the area to explore the North Rim—there are campgrounds and plenty of beautiful spots to rough camp on Forest Service land overlooking the Grand Canyon.
Lumberjack Lodging & 3 Squares
We’ll stay in a historic logging camp, located on the Kaibab National Forest, on the west side of the Kaibab Plateau. Mangum Camp, encircled by tall, cool ponderosa pines, has been completely restored to its original condition. Our site will have running water, flush toilets, and a full kitchen. Plan to camp out, as there are limited indoor sleeping spaces available.
The cost includes delicious meals crafted for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—snacks will also be provided. Our hosts Lisa and Andrew are well-versed in orchestrating a variety of nutritionally balanced meals (sensitive to food allergies and sensitivities) with all-natural ingredients.
Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the camp, and providing their own camping and day-hiking gear for the week. Be prepared for rain, cold, heat, and sun.
Grand Canyon Trust has offered limited assistance with transportation (i.e. rides for one or two people from Flagstaff) and will loan gear on a first-come, first-served basis. Registered attendees may contact Lisa (734) 645-7110 or Andrew (928) 779-5779 for details on carpooling or to borrow gear.
A Little Background
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded scientists at Northern Arizona University a four-year, $2.5 million grant to create three experimental gardens for the SEGA project to observe the effects of climate change on native vegetation. GCT has worked with NAU to build the gardens. A fourth garden is in the works.
SEGA has a network of 10 five-acre experimental gardens spread across northern Arizona that include habitats along an elevational gradient from desert to alpine forests. The gardens will examine how climate change affects individual plant species, plant communities, and ecosystems. Growing similar plant genotypes (plants with the same genetic makeup) at different elevations, with different temperatures and moisture levels, will allow scientists to examine how a plants perform under different climatic conditions. One goal is to identify which plants are most likely to survive and reproduce as the climate changes. This project will also help improve the success of restoring ecosystems damaged by severe drought and fire. For more information on the SEGA project check out NAU’s SEGA website or http://www.sega.nau.edu/
NOTE: The work intensity level is moderate to difficult on this project. Please consider your abilities before signing up.
More details and a packing list will be sent to registrants 3–4 weeks before the event.
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