Become an Oak Creek Steward

Become an Oak Creek Steward

Because of COVID-19, we are seeing massive increases in visitors fleeing to the creek and Sedona trails, which means increases in littering and habitat degradation, significantly impacting the fragile riparian ecosystem. And it’s an eye-sore! Our small team is working tirelessly to pick-up after visitors, so that creek sites are pristine upon their arrival, hopefully encouraging them to leave it…

Oak Creek Ambassador Program

Oak Creek Ambassador Program

Stewardship Engagement In partnership with the following groups: the United States Forest Service (USFS), the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), the City of Sedona, the Arizona Community Foundation, and the National Forest Foundation; several young people spent the last seven summers working on Oak Creek recreation sites, talking to visitors, picking up trash, human and dog waste, monitoring water…

Macroinvertebrate Surveys

Macroinvertebrate Surveys

Soil erosion is impacting the ecological health of Oak Creek. When excessive sediment settles on the stream bottom it suffocates aquatic insects (a.k.a. benthic macroinvertebrates) that are key food prey items for fish and other wildlife. Sediment also serves as a reservoir for fecal contaminants (E. coli bacteria). Sedimentation occurs from erosion, which can be contributed to over-use of swimming…

Pet Waste Station (PWS) Program

Pet Waste Station (PWS) Program

Every gram of dog feces contains an average of 23 million E.coli bacteria, which poses a health threat for recreators swimming in Oak Creek. The PWS program identified locations within the Oak Creek corridor as potential sites for Gladiator pet waste stations. Every gram of dog feces contains an average of 23 million E.coli bacteria, which poses a health threat…

Water Sampling

Water Sampling

In 2020, Oak Creek Ambassadors are sampling at several Oak Creek Canyon day-use sites. This project is supported by a grant from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. The goal of this sampling effort is to understand E. coli and visitor-use trends over busy weekends. Moreover, this data will help gauge the effectiveness of roadside pullout closures under the Oak…