Here are just a few of the numbers for water projects from April 2020-July 2022.
Materials Purchased by the Arizona Deer Association:
Over 45.5 miles of polypipe ($221,020)
-24 3,000-gallon storage tanks ($50,400)
-15 500-gallon aluminum troughs ($19,800)
-6 Rainmaker wildlife drinkers-110 gallons ($4,226)
-270,000 pounds of Sodium Bentonite ($36,600)
-Plumbing components - valves, unions, pipe, fittings ($5,280)
-Solar Panels ($11,800)
-Solar pumps and control boxes ($5,675)
-Other miscellaneous materials ($2,232)
Additional heavy equipment purchases include:
-2 500-gallon water trailers ($11,000)
-Equipment trailer with wrap ($8,200)
-Welding trailer with new Miller welder, Acetylene, and other equipment ($9,970)
-Bobcat Skid Steer ($55,400)
-Projects trailer wrap/flipped axles and new tires ($3,900)
During this time, ADA volunteers have:
-Delivered over 118,000 gallons of water
-Redeveloped nine dirt tanks with Bentonite
-Installed just over 54 miles of polypipe
-Pulled 11.5 miles of 1-1/4” burnt polypipe
-Installed a 300' x 160' pipe rail spring enclosure
-Installed 45,000 gallons of water storage
-Installed 26 new drinkers and troughs
-Installed 15 solar pumps with panels and control boxes
-Donated 100 solar panels for other solar installations
-Paid $8,500 for dirt work on two large tanks in Unit 4A
These numbers don’t include individual personal time, administrative time and effort, personal equipment use, related fuel and consumables cost, or a value on expended labor costs.
We have expended approximately 2,200 volunteer hours. Thanks to a federal program, the Arizona Game and Fish Department has received over $63,000 for Arizona Deer Association Volunteer efforts during this time.
We had a hot but productive weekend outside Gila Bend. It’s a beautiful sight to see water flowing in wells that have been abandoned since 1968.
With no perennial water sources in this area, we can’t wait to see the benefits this will have for wildlife.
We would like to thank our partners on this much needed project – AZGFD – BLM – Rancher Tyson Stuhr / Poco Dinero Ranch and the Gila Ridge High School Agriculture Program. More to come!
Arizona Deer Association has been working with the Government Springs Ranch and the United States Forest Service to remove and replace fire-damaged infrastructure on the allotment in 2022. 70% of the ranch burned in 2021's Telegraph Fire.
If you would like to volunteer for future work days on this (or any other project) please reach out to email@example.com or by calling directly to 623-764-0249.
See below for some of the pictures of work completed so far on this project.
This clip is the Arizona Deer Association funded poly pipe going in the ground; 3.2 miles long in GMU 3B. The dozer has a custom Ripper blade which rips 20” deep and lays the pipe at the same time. Its a real work saver.
I wanted to let you know that The Trust for Public Land (TPL) completed the protection of the Aravaipa Canyon Recreational Access Project/Cross F Ranch in late October 2021 by selling 2,831 acres of private land to BLM and another 323 acres to the US Forest Service.
TPL had purchased the ranch this past August and then we completed some building demolition & removal work and some fencing around some open mine shafts so that the property could be conveyed to these federal agencies.
In my 20 years of land protection work, this was the most complicated project that I have worked on and one that I am particularly proud of.
This project opens up an amazing landscape for recreational access to outdoor enthusiasts in addition to protecting water for Aravaipa Creek and preventing development of a very strategic block of wildlife habitat between two Wilderness areas, the San Carlos Apache reservation and Nature Conservancy preserve lands.
The Arizona Deer Association was one of nine organizations that contributed financially to TPL to help with the success of this project, and we greatly appreciate your support that enabling us to get this one done.
Thanks so much for your support and hope we can work together again on more projects in the future.
Senior Project Manager
The Trust for Public Land
We had a great turnout for our water project in the Tonto Basin with 23 volunteers! It was great to see so many first-time volunteers.
Volunteers ran 3.2 miles of polypipe in some really rugged country; the horses couldn’t even get to some areas and we had to pull about a quarter mile by hand.
We set three 3,000-gallon storage tanks and set three new troughs. The solar panels and pump that were installed are producing 7+ gallons per minute!
We had volunteers broken up into three groups and were able to complete two days of work in one.
Big thanks to everyone who supports our mission projects; this one will help supply water for all kinds of wildlife for many years!
Arizona Deer Association President Don McDowell presents a check for $6,000 to AZGFD Commissioner Kurt Davis for the Water for Wildlife Campaign.
Thanks to our members are raffle supporters for making this donation possible.
Arizona Deer Association President Don McDowell presents a check to AZGFD Commissioner Kurt Davis.
Our latest tool to help Arizona’s deer! This new water wagon will be kept busy visiting tanks and catchments that are in desperate need right now.
We want to thank all of our members, banquet attendees and raffle ticket buyers for making this purchase possible.
We are especially grateful to the Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation, who provided a grant to assist in funding this water trailer.
Want to help us get the next water wagon out in the field? You can donate to that cause by clicking here.
During the weekend of November 14, Arizona Deer Association volunteers ran almost 6 miles of polypipe in some of the roughest terrain we have encountered yet. Over 2 miles had to pulled on horseback, the terrain was just too steep and rocky for Rangers.
Volunteers connected pipe into 7 existing water troughs and water will be flowing to these soon.
We had volunteers from 3 years old to 81; a great group of folks. Thanks to everyone who made it out to help and to the many generous members of the Arizona Deer Association who make these projects possible.
Arizona Deer Association President Don McDowell talks with Arizona Game and Fish Department's Brad Faulk about a brush treatment project.
Arizona Deer Association President Don McDowell met up with AZGFD Wildlife Manager Brian Aragon to tour a vital water catchment that is scheduled for an improvement project in 2021.
The Arizona Deer Association (ADA) is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for contaminating a water catchment that was used to provide water to wildlife northeast of Flagstaff.
According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, sometime around Sunday, September 15, 2019, diesel fuel was deliberately poured into Young’s Canyon Trick Tank, a water catchment in Game Management Unit 7E near U.S. Forest Service Road 775 and east of the high-tension powerlines. The catchment is approximately two miles east of the Winona exit (211) along Interstate 40.
Evidence at the scene indicates the suspects may have taken down fencing to gain access to and pour the fuel into the catchment.
“It’s our hope that someone may have observed suspicious behavior or may have had a game camera in the area that may provide crucial evidence,” said AZGFD Wildlife Manager Erin Brown. “This incident is incredibly disappointing because these catchments provide water for all wildlife when natural water sources are not available — especially given this year’s limited monsoon rainfall. Sportsmen, along with the department, have spent so much labor, money and time improving water availability for wildlife and it's tragic that someone chose to vandalize this water catchment.”
To report information on this heinous act of environmental terrorism, please call 1-800-VANDALS or follow this link for more reporting options: https://www.azgfd.com/ogt/