Arizona Deer Association Begins 24 Mile Pipeline Project for Wildlife
Arizona Deer Association has started a 24 mile water pipeline project on the H4 Ranch in Southern Gila County. The ranch recently lost all of their water infrastructure due to the 200,000-acre Bush Fire, where 90% of the H4 allotment burned.
Working closely with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, USFS Tonto National Forest and H4 owners – the Brown family, Arizona Deer Association volunteers recently completed the first phase of the project. Volunteers installed 5.9 miles of water distribution pipeline, much of which had to be done on horseback due to the rough terrain. The project is scheduled for completion by mid-February, bringing much need water to the area’s wildlife.
Arizona’s continued drought and dismal 2020 Monsoon season, has left the States wildlife stressed. Winter Moisture Forecasts for Arizona are bleak as well. As the drought continues, Wildlife Biologists are predicting less than normal fawn recruitment this year. Arizona Deer Association volunteers are making a difference – by hauling water to dry catchments, developing water sources and improving habitat.
For more information on the Arizona Deer Association, including how you can help fund and participate in projects like this, visit www.azdeer.org.