NEW YORK -(Ammoland.com)– On Saturday, May 3 Field and Stream will join volunteers led by the Arizona Elk Society to help restore wildlife habitat near Payson, as part of the magazine’s Hero for a Day program.
The magazine will be filming the family-friendly project, to highlight the work of the volunteers and the area’s outdoor opportunities. It will be broadcast on fieldandstream.com, a top destination for sportsmen, as part of a ten-video series.
Now in its fourth year, Field and Stream’s Hero for a Day program, with the support of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., works to connect volunteers with conservation workdays across the country and raise awareness of the local efforts of conservationists. The projects serve as a unique opportunity for residents to take action in sustaining and protecting fish, wildlife, and habitat in their area. Field and Stream spotlights ten Hero for a Day projects each year, reporting on the efforts in the magazine and online.
“The Hero for a Day program lets Field and Stream readers invest in their passion for hunting and fishing by helping to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat,” said Mike Toth, executive editor of Field and Stream. “It’s a great opportunity to meet some of the nation’s most passionate conservationists, reconnect with the outdoors, roll up your sleeves and make a big difference in your community─all with just a single day’s work.”
The Arizona Elk Society scored a big win when they were able to facilitate the purchase of the 73,000-acre Buck Springs allotment near Payson, Arizona and remove livestock for the benefit of wildlife, like elk, mule deer, whitetails, wild turkeys, and bears. Their seasonal work projects aim to restore flows to creek channels, rehabilitate wet meadows, and remove harmful livestock fences.
Volunteers at the event on May 3 will join trained sawyers in removing small white pine and pinion pine trees that are encroaching on wet meadows. In channel areas, teams with shovels will remove rocks in wheelbarrows, and lay down logs to create mini-waterfalls to dissipate waters. Other volunteers will remove four miles of barbed wire fencing that is harmful to big game and birds.
“The Arizona Elk Society is dedicated to improving wildlife habitat for Elk in Arizona. The Buck Springs area is one of the most wildlife diverse areas of the State and elk are a big part of the area. Our commitment to the wildlife, forest and Sportsmen of Arizona are the reasons for doing the work we do and the volunteers that make up this work day understand that they have a big part in the conservation of the habitat” Steve Clark, Executive Director, Arizona Elk Society.
Hero for a Day is an extension of Field and Stream’s Heroes of Conservation initiative, now in its ninth year, in which the magazine identifies and profiles three exceptional conservation volunteers in each of nine issues, and awards these volunteers with a $500 grant from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. Six Heroes finalists will be selected and awarded $5,000 grants at the Heroes of Conservation Award Gala in the fall, and the 2014 Conservation Hero of the Year will win a new Toyota Tundra pickup truck.
“We admire the important environmental work these volunteers are doing and are committed to lending our support to help these individuals make a difference in their communities,” said Steve Appelbaum, national engagement marketing manager for Toyota.
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