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Learn about Frances Short Pond, the seep at Museum of Northern Arizona, the waterfall & Native American petroglyphs at Picture Canyon, the still-visible lava flows that changed the course of the Rio and its tributaries, how people re-routed the Rio through the heart of the City a century ago, and the watershed’s scenic canyons, unusual plants and birds. You can use the app for a virtual tour at home, and select a location for your next outing. On that outing, use the app to enhance your experience of Elden Spring, the I-40 wetlands, Flagstaff’s largest prairie dog town, or whatever you chose.
To minimize negative impacts of your visit: (1) Stay on trails. Every human trail is a scar on the landscape, but it is better to have one well-designed trail than many poorly chosen paths. If you must take a side trail and find several interlaced options, please select the gentlest and widest trail on the hardest surface. (2) Do not step on plants, disturb soil, pick flowers, carve or break trees, or disturb cultural artifacts such as Native American pot shards & petroglyphs. (3) Do not leave any trash or pet waste. “Pack it in, pack it out.” (4) Respect wildlife and other visitors. Control your dog so that it cannot disturb wildlife or touch or scare other people. Bikers yield to hikers, hikers yield to horses. (5) No fires. Due to wildfire risk, open fires are illegal in Flagstaff and adjacent areas. (more details on Leave no trace practices).
To create a positive impact on your visit: (1) Pick up trash along the trail, using gloves and bags as needed for health and safety. (2) For a more enduring impact, any group (a family, book club, or a few neighbors) can commit to a minimum of 4 cleanup events per year on a half-mile section of the Flagstaff Urban Trails System. Pick a FUTS section along a watercourse, and register here; the city will provide equipment and recognize your effort with a sign at each end of your section. (3) For a more social event, participate in the annual Make A Difference Day, in which 100 people remove trash, maintain trails, control invasive plants, and plant native species at a new location each year (usually on a watercourse). (4) Kill scotch thistle, spotted knapweed, Siberian elm, and other invasive non-native plants. This site (Barb Phillips to create) advises you how to plan ahead and be most effective. (5) Generate data on water flows (Ben Ruddell’s project). Generate data on ecological condition (NCD project).
This tour is brought to you by the Friends of the Rio de Flag, an organization whose goal is to protect, restore, clean up and improve the Rio de Flag and its tributaries to maximize their beauty, educational, recreational, and natural resource values, including the riparian habitats they provide. Please visit our website to learn about our projects, download documents, or become a member.
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