Stewards of Public Lands Receive Forest Service's
First Annual Verde Valley Stewardship Award
Photo by Joan E. Tyler
Stewards of Public Lands were awarded the first annual "Verde Valley
Stewardship Award" by the Coconino and Prescott National Forests. The award
was presented by Dee Hines, Verde District Ranger, and Heather Provencio, Red
Rock District Ranger, at the Camp Verde, Copper Canyon Cleanup March 10. From
left to right, Charles Mackey, Ranger Dee Hines, Jess Tyler, Ranger Heather
Provencio and Debbie LaFrance show the award plaque.
Protecting people and property from wildfire by cleaning up
illegal dump sites on public lands, and protecting the Verde Watershed and its aquifers.
The Stewards of Public Lands are
committed to maintaining Verde Valley public lands clean of illegally dumped
trash and litter so valuable land resources may be safely enjoyed by all.
Stewards believe in “leading by doing.” Goals are to provide significant
volunteer effort and coordinate with local businesses, municipalities, county
resources and state and federal land management organizations to make area
cleanups successful and affordable, “publicizing” efforts and successes,
attracting additional resources and educating the public about the efforts and
need to keep public lands clean and accessible by all. Stewards also work with
law enforcement organizations to deter further dumping by posting signs in
targeted cleaned areas that indicate dumping is illegal and provides a phone
number to call if illegal dumping is observed. The Stewards work to set a good
example for fellow community members.
"The activist is not the person who says the lands are
trashy. The activist is the person who cleans up the lands." Diane
Joens, Stewards Co-chair
Stewards Work Across Jurisdictional Boundaries
The Stewards of Public Lands work
to clean up local Arizona public lands, to keep them enjoyable and accessible
for the public by removing litter and illegal dumping. Acknowledging that no one
single governmental entity has the financial or human resources to clean up and
manage rampant illegal dumping on public lands, the Stewards find creative ways
to coordinate existing programs at the federal, state and local level to address
the issue of overlapping jurisdictions. The Stewards
maintain and monitor areas to keep them
clean and support public education to reduce further dumping and littering.
Stewards support affordable dumping alternatives, and encourage and assist law
enforcement to deter littering and dumping on public lands. Stewards clean up
the Verde River Watershed for everyone’s health and safety. By cleaning up the
lands, the landscape is restored to its former beauty
and enjoyable and safe
recreational opportunities are restored for residents who enjoy hiking, running,
bicycling, hunting and sightseeing.
partnerships enable, empower, and encourage people to work together toward achieving success. --Prescott
and Coconino National Forests
Stewards of Public Lands...
Removing fire fuels from public lands
Preventing wildfires on the urban rural
Protecting people and property
Cleaning the watershed
Protecting water quality
Setting a positive example for change
of Stewards' Work
Contact Stewards for more information
- Great partnerships enable, empower, and
- to work together toward achieving
success. --Prescott and Coconino National Forests
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Supervisor A.G. "Chip" Davis and the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors. This
Web site developed and maintained by Diane
Joens as a public service project. Charles Mackey has donated funding for the
ongoing domain name and hosting costs.