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Davis Mountains Preserve sets field tour and volunteer days

March 16th, 2017 under Community

JEFF DAVIS COUNTY – The Nature Conservancy has recently completed an ambitious tree-thinning project at the Davis Mountains Preserve. The thinning work focused on canyons and riparian areas where the trees were most vulnerable to drought, insect outbreaks, and wildfire.

Join the Forest Service and the Nature Conservancy to hike through the project area and examine the results of the project March 24-25.

If interested, attendees may also volunteer to cut firewood for local food pantries, using trees that were gathered as part of the thinning project.

The Friday and Saturday programs will be the same. Participants are welcome to attend one or both days.

To RSVP, please respond to Charlotte Reemts ( by March 21.

What to bring: water, long pants and closed-toes shoes, work gloves, lunch.

Conditions: Hiking will be over rough, uneven terrain with some slopes. The volunteer project (which is optional) will require lifting and bending, but work will be structured to accommodate all experience levels. All equipment (other than work gloves) will be provided.

Cost: Free (but donations are always appreciated).

The Davis Mountains Preserve is located about 25 miles northwest of Fort Davis on Highway 118 (about 10 miles past McDonald Observatory and about one quarter of a mile past the Lawrence E. Wood Picnic Area).

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