Cost: $30, includes box lunch and transportation (limited to 30 participants)
Organizers: Jane Marks and Denielle Perry, Northern Arizona University
Fossil Creek, located in Coconino National Forest, is a perennial travertine stream fed by springs sacred to local tribes. Dammed in 1908, this river was largely diverted from its streambed to power a local mining mill until 2008 when the diversion dam was removed. Leading up to this monumental restoration of channel connectivity, invasive species were removed from the river in 2004 allowing the native species to flourish. Fossil Creek stands as a flagship case of restoration for conservation, receiving National Wild and Scenic River designation in 2009. Join us for a full-day excursion to Fossil Creek to learn more about the geology, ecology, and policy of this river oasis. The trip will offer options for those who would like to take it easy by the river’s edge and for those feeling up to a 5-mile trek to see the old dam site.
The trip will conclude with a stop at Mother Road Brewery for some liquid refreshments.
Please visit the Forest Service link for more information.