|Short Horned Lizard discovered on Bio-Blitz (NPS)|
Our volunteers come from all over the country. Often, they bring their own housing with them and stay in our trailer pads for a month or a few months before they either head back home or to their next volunteer or travel destination. We recruit volunteers through the website www.volunteer.gov .
|Volunteer Trish Jackson (NPS)|
This weekend, 27 volunteers have signed up to help us remove more fence from the Paulsell Ranch. We are prioritizing the mesh fence as opposed to the barbed wire fence because the mesh is more difficult if not impossible for pronghorn and other wildlife to cross. Since the fence is no longer needed to manage livestock, it is an impediment to wildlife movement and important for us to remove. This will be the third volunteer day focused on fence removal – to date, approximately 2 miles of mesh fence and 2.8 miles of barbed wire fence have been removed by volunteers. This weekend’s crew will be larger than other days and we hope to remove another 6 miles of mesh fence. Considering the added workload of maintaining roads and exterior fencing we need to keep when we acquired these ranches, removal of internal fencing would not happen at all if not for these volunteer efforts.
|Volunteers working on the fenceline (NPS)|