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River Run Network Restoration Workshop: Tanque Verde Arundo Removal - May 27

Event Date:
Saturday, May 27, 2023 - 7:30am to 10:30am
Event Address:
Tanque Verde Creek/Wentworth Rd

Join our community effort to restore Tanque Verde Creek! WMG’s River Run Network is excited to tackle the removal of an invasive species, Arundo donax (giant reed), from along Tanque Verde Creek in east Tucson. Arundo is harmful because it drinks up to 3-4 times as much water as native desert plants, crowds out native species and habitat, and increases the risk of flooding and wildfire. By removing Arundo, the River Run Network is helping to restore groundwater levels and surface flow in the Tanque Verde. In late 2023, we will also begin phase two of this project: replanting native riparian trees and shrubs in many of the areas we have removed Arundo.

Come work with WMG staff and other River Run Network volunteers in a beautiful riparian area to remove this invasive species and contribute to the restoration of surface flows and the riparian forest. All of these workshops are outside and including rough terrain. You will be walking and working in sandy, rocky, possibly wet soils, and navigating through riparian environments as well as using tools and moving heavy Arundo stalks.

New to this effort? At each workshop, we will hand out a punch card to new volunteers and punch returning volunteers' cards to help you keep track of the workshops you've been to! Learn more about the prizes for attending workshops and see how much Arundo we have removed with River Run Network volunteers since we started this effort.

This event is organized through WMG’s River Run Network. If you are not yet a member, we will add you to the River Run Network (RRN) when you register for this event. RRN membership is free and gives you access to a variety of virtual, dispersed, and physically distanced events including creek walks, restoration activities, river clean-ups, and free educational workshops.