Hart Prairie Work Weekend Redux - August 2009
Shawn Redfield and others at ArizonaHikers.com recently organized Hart Prairie Work Weekend Redux at The Nature Conservancy's Hart Prairie Preserve with the usual cast of characters;
Good to see Neil Chapman (Hart Prairie Preserve Manager http://www.nature.org/wherewework/north ... 15233.html
) again along with Preserve employees Ann and Blair.
Arrived Friday evening just before sundown after catching dinner with Hannah at the Himalayan Grill in Flagstaff. Check the room/cabin assignments and see I've been allotted the "Cocoon" again - a very choice room in the Mariposa Lodge.
I spent most of Saturday eradicating 1500+ individual common mullein http://hikearizona.com/dexcoder.php?dex=1&PID=464
plants (with help from Angela and Tom) - an invasive species on Hart Prairie. I was also assigned "Mule Duty" by Neil ferrying items to various work groups throughout the Preserve. The AZ Botany/Native Plant Society http://www.plantsocieties.org/
also was at the Hart Prairie Preserve conducting a biodiversity survey. Had a chance to chat with many of their members over a beverage late Saturday afternoon.
Saturday evening is another feast - BBQ New York Strip steaks, baked potatoes, Caesar salad, and Shawn's famous homemade ice cream and brownies! Swap some mountain biking stories with Blair and some Hart Prairie history tidbits with Neil. Interesting to hear that the name Hart Prairie isn't thought to be associated with one of the original settlers, Frank Hart, but to the abundance of deer that could be found on the Prairie. Most of the settlers were of German decent and the German word for deer is "hart" (and I always thought "hart" meant "hard" in German)...
Sunday morning turns into a field photo lesson. Looking forward to our next Work Weekend on Hart Prairie...
Check out The Original Hart Prairie Work Weekend at http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=6060