FEBRUARY 6, 2013
CAVE CREEK – On Saturday, January 19, Desert Foothills Land Trust hosted a dedication to thank a group of donors who supported the installation of a new entry sign at Jewel of the Creek Preserve. The group enjoyed a hike through the Jewel, followed by the spectacular release of three red-tailed hawks that had been rehabilitated by local nonprofit, Wild At Heart.
The hawks were released by Joanne Rebollo in memory of her friend, Ann Heil, Pat Dalton in memory of her husband, Harry Dalton, and Mary Warren in memory of her son, Travis Warren.
Crafted by metal artist Dan Moore of Oxide Studios and mason Jeff Crooks, the entry is truly worthy of the beautiful Jewel! Donors to the project included a group of generous hikers who call themselves "Trail Trash." They took it upon themselves to collect the funds for this beautiful new sign in memory of their friend and one of the group's founders, Ann Heil. Additional funding came from other gifts in Ann’s memory and from long-time supporter Pat Dalton, who contributed in memory of her husband and former DFLT board member, Harry Dalton. The sign is located at the trailhead for the Harry Dalton Trail. Mary Warren is a staff member with the Land Trust who lost her son last month. Donations in his memory were directed to the Land Trust.
The Land Trust is pleased to be able to honor the legacy of these fine individuals, and to help their loved ones celebrate this legacy through conservation. The Land Trust is still working on some interpretive signs to go with the entry, so keep an eye out for other new features to come at the Jewel.
More information is available at www.dflt.org or 480-488-6131.