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Voluntourism
Voluntourism

In partnership with the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, OCWC hosts cleanup events that encourage visitors to the greater Sedona area to “give back” while learning about the geology, ecology, and other issues pertinent to the watershed. By participating in these events, visitors can visit scenic areas along Oak Creek, red rock country, and northern Arizona forests while making a positive…

Water Quality of Oak Creek 2020
Water Quality of Oak Creek 2020

Take a look at water quality trends in Oak Creek in 2020. This summary report was made possible by support from the Sedona Chamber of Commerce under the Sedona Sustainable Tourism Plan Tactic A2.3. View the report below.

June Watershed Meeting: Oak Creek is Important Habitat for the Narrow-headed Gartersnake
June Watershed Meeting: Oak Creek is Important Habitat for the Narrow-headed Gartersnake

Notice of MeetingJune 10th4:00-5:00 pm (Arizona) The narrow-headed gartersnake (Thamnophis rufipunctatus) is federally threatened. Karina Cocks, a Northern Arizona University graduate student, has worked at the NAU captive breeding program for narrow-headed gartersnakes for several years and has led field surveys for the species in Oak Creek. Learn more about NAU’s captive breeding program and why Oak Creek is an essential habitat…

Pickin’ Up in the Pines 2021
Pickin’ Up in the Pines 2021

May 26th and September 15th The Coconino National Forest, National Forest Foundation, Oak Creek Watershed Council, and the Arizona Dept. of Environmental Quality invite you to Pickin’ Up in the Pines!  Join us to clean up camping areas in the forests that are the headwaters of Oak Creek canyon.  In advance of major holiday weekends, get outside, clean up trash,…

March Watershed Meeting: Closing Social Trails to Reduce Erosion and Transport of E. coli to Oak Creek
March Watershed Meeting: Closing Social Trails to Reduce Erosion and Transport of E. coli to Oak Creek

Notice of Meeting March 11th 4:00-5:00 pm It Takes a Village: Closing Social Trails to ReduceErosion and Transport of E. coli to Oak Creek Ron Tiller, PhD, Senior Environmental Scientist with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, will present on the collaborative effort to close and rehabilitate social trails in Oak Creek Canyon. This project is paired with the completion…

COVID-19 is drawing more visitors to Oak Creek, a creek that is already loved to death
COVID-19 is drawing more visitors to Oak Creek, a creek that is already loved to death

In the Oak Creek Watershed, harmful recreational use is impacting water quality, wildlife habitat, and scenic beauty. These impacts not only threaten the fragile riparian ecosystem but Sedona’s natural resources and quality of life. It is a collaborative effort to protect the Oak Creek Watershed. Read about partnering groups and how COVID-19 has worsened these impacts in the recent AZ Daily…

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Voluntourism
Voluntourism

In partnership with the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, OCWC hosts cleanup events that encourage visitors to the greater Sedona area to “give back” while learning about the geology, ecology, and other issues pertinent to the watershed. By participating in these events, visitors can visit scenic areas along Oak Creek, red rock country, and northern Arizona forests while making a positive…

June Watershed Meeting: Oak Creek is Important Habitat for the Narrow-headed Gartersnake
June Watershed Meeting: Oak Creek is Important Habitat for the Narrow-headed Gartersnake

Notice of MeetingJune 10th4:00-5:00 pm (Arizona) The narrow-headed gartersnake (Thamnophis rufipunctatus) is federally threatened. Karina Cocks, a Northern Arizona University graduate student, has worked at the NAU captive breeding program for narrow-headed gartersnakes for several years and has led field surveys for the species in Oak Creek. Learn more about NAU’s captive breeding program and why Oak Creek is an essential habitat…

Pickin’ Up in the Pines 2021
Pickin’ Up in the Pines 2021

May 26th and September 15th The Coconino National Forest, National Forest Foundation, Oak Creek Watershed Council, and the Arizona Dept. of Environmental Quality invite you to Pickin’ Up in the Pines!  Join us to clean up camping areas in the forests that are the headwaters of Oak Creek canyon.  In advance of major holiday weekends, get outside, clean up trash,…

March Watershed Meeting: Closing Social Trails to Reduce Erosion and Transport of E. coli to Oak Creek
March Watershed Meeting: Closing Social Trails to Reduce Erosion and Transport of E. coli to Oak Creek

Notice of Meeting March 11th 4:00-5:00 pm It Takes a Village: Closing Social Trails to ReduceErosion and Transport of E. coli to Oak Creek Ron Tiller, PhD, Senior Environmental Scientist with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, will present on the collaborative effort to close and rehabilitate social trails in Oak Creek Canyon. This project is paired with the completion…

September Watershed Meeting: Traffic, Visitation, Litter- Protecting an area that is loved to death
September Watershed Meeting: Traffic, Visitation, Litter- Protecting an area that is loved to death

Notice of Meeting September 10th 4:00-5:00 pmTraffic, Visitation, Litter: Protecting an area that is loved to death Join us on September 10th for an interactive virtual meeting with Zoom. Learn about the visitor impacts threatening the health of Oak Creek, and what the Oak Creek Watershed Council, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, City of Sedona, and Traffic Matters are working…

Virtual Trash Pick-Up Challenge- July 5th-12th
Virtual Trash Pick-Up Challenge- July 5th-12th

Are you tired of seeing trash at your favorite outdoor spots?   We’re partnering with our friends at Friends of the Verde River to host a virtual trash pick-up challenge! This challenge, to be held July 5-12, encourages the greater Verde Valley community to pick up as much trash as possible from along our waterways and other vital habitats within the Verde Watershed.…