ARIZONA — The wildlife crew from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Alpine Ranger District set out to repair, replace, and install numerous wildlife water catchments or ‘guzzlers’ as they are called. The guzzlers are a vital resource for wildlife and are placed where water is not readily available. These large 2,200 gallon fiberglass tanks provide life-giving water for creatures big and small who inhabit the Forest. In addition to repairing or replacing the tanks, crews also repaired and replaced fencing to keep cattle out of these areas.
The $50-60k grants for this two-year project, obtained though the Arizona Habitat Partnership Committee, helped to fund this important stewardship work. Through the Arizona Habitat Partnership Committee, the Arizona Game & Fish Department works with other state and federal agencies, hunting groups, public and private land owners, and other interested parties to restore wildlife habitat across the State. There are many water catchments across the ASNFs, and some suffered significant damage from the historic Wallow Fire of 2011, which burned 538,049 acres.
The ASNFs is proud to work with the Arizona Habitat Partnership Committee in restoring these water sources for the greater good of all wildlife.
To see the work that Arizona Habitat Partnership Committee has done on forest across Arizona, check out this video from their YouTube page.