MAY 13, 2015

Boy Scout Troop 439 stewarding the Maricopa Trail in our community

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boy scout trail clean upANTHEM, NEW RIVER, DESERT HILLS  – Who takes care of the Maricopa Trail in our community when it needs a helping hand?  Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT), Anthem Community Council and Boy Scout Troop 439 provided that help on Saturday, May 2.  Under the direction of DFLT and Save Daisy Mountain Committee member, Rick Kesselman, the energetic Scouts cleared brush and over 1 ton of rocks and boulders from the trail, and improved markings for the trail route.  In return, they learned a little more about our Sonoran Desert.  All demonstrated enthusiasm and professionalism that would make any parent proud.

boy scout trail clean upCome enjoy the results of their work on the portion of the Trail that has been adopted by Desert Foothills Land Trust and the Anthem Community Council. This portion runs from I-17, across the southern portion of Anthem to the Anthem Trailhead, and then on to the Spear S Trailhead at the New River Road/ Linda Lane intersection. The Maricopa Trail is managed by the Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Department. When completed, the Maricopa Trail will be approximately 242 miles long and will connect each of the county’s regional parks, as well as other important recreation areas and open spaces.

Desert Foothills Land Trust works with landowners, communities and partners to protect the most special and important natural areas in the Arizona communities of Carefree, Cave Creek, North Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Anthem, Desert Hills and New River. The Land Trust has permanently protected more than 680 acres on 23 preserves, many of which are open to the public for exploration and passive recreation.

The Save Daisy Mountain Committee of DFLT is focused on preserving the natural beauty, unique qualities and resources of Daisy Mountain and providing connectivity with surrounding trail systems and essential habitat corridors.

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