The Adopt-the-Rio de Flag Stewardship Program is a partnership between the Friends of the Rio de Flag and the City of Flagstaff Community Stewards Program that gives schools a chance to adopt nearby sections of the Rio de Flag Watershed. It combines learning opportunities through citizen science and stewardship to build awareness and stimulate involvement of youth within the Flagstaff community.
WHO CAN ADOPT?
The pilot program is only open to local schools, including FUSD, charter, and private schools. After 1-2 years, we will open up the program to more schools, community members, organizations, and businesses.
WHAT ARE THE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS?
- 1 year commitment to adopted Rio section
- Commitment to EITHER:
- Minimum biannual citizen science data collection, OR
- Minimum biannual stewardship activity
- Reporting of citizen science or stewardship activities
WHAT IS CONSIDERED CITIZEN SCIENCE?
Citizen science is a method for gathering relevant, scientific data in which community members engage in data collection to inform land managers and researchers alike about a topic (in this case, the watershed). Citizen science projects might include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Wildlife observation, vegetation mapping and monitoring, mapping wet/dry areas, Stream Team watershed assessment
WHAT IS CONSIDERED STEWARDSHIP?
Stewardship of the watershed is the act of taking responsibility over its protection and restoration.
- Trash cleanup, habitat restoration (varies), invasive weed management
Note: Stewards must receive permission before conducting any significant stewardship activities.