Spring Steward Conference 2018

Our Spring Steward Conference was a great success. Eighteen stewards from all over Arizona gathered at Colossal Cave Mountain Park in Vail to celebrate stewardship and learn from local experts. The training included a half-day first aid session taught by Todd Nardi; Aaron Seifert presenting on the GIS maps available to Stewards; and an overview of the Temporal Gulch Reroute Project by Lee Blackwell. There was even a first aid “scenario” session where our newly trained stewards got to practice their skills on their fellow trail workers. Sunday’s trail work in Colossal Cave Mountain Park worked on recovering portions of the AZT impacted by heavy equestrian use. The work was conducted around close to the La Posta Quemada Ranch and involved installing drains, clearing brush and recovering a social trail.

Stewards were treated to a private tour of Colossal Cave and a delicious cowboy cookout under the stars thanks to Tamara McDonald. Special shout out to JJ Lamb for helping to arrange the space and activities.

Volunteers: 18

Hours Reported: 350

Morning sign up for conference sessions

First aid sessions with Todd Nardi

In the Community room of the Rincon Valley Fire District #2.

Steward goin’ underground!

Saguaro studded landscape of Colossal Cave Park

Studying techniques for repairing worn tread

Fixing drainage

Zach MacDonald demonstrates technique