Sustainability at Parks & Rec
The Fort Tuthill County Park Sustainable Water Management Plan was developed through a collaborative effort by internal leadership and the community. The Plan provides a model and foundational tool for strategic water planning and coordination throughout Coconino County.
What are wetlands?
Wetlands are marsh-like areas that are located in the zone between dry land and aquatic areas, including lakes and streams, where the water table is near the surface or the land receives water on a regular basis. They are characterized by wet soils, unique vegetation, and the availability of a consistent water source.
What makes wetlands so important?
They serve human needs and support wildlife. In Arizona, they are especially important for sustaining our communities and natural resources.
Wetlands serve people
- Wetlands recharge groundwater to replenish our water supply.
- They act as nature's purification system as run-off is filtered into the groundwater aquifer.
- They help with flood control, acting as sponges that slow down run-off from storms and snowmelt.
Wetlands support wildlife
- They provide a specialized type of wildlife habitat that provides food and shelter to support resident and migratory species during critical times of their life cycle.
- They contribute to survival of the young (elk, deer, antelope, voles, and ducks) during dry years by providing food and shelter.
Invasive species, both plant and animal, impacts our parks and natural areas. CCPR hold occasional community weed pulls to target invasive weed species such as diffuse knapweed, Dalmation toadflax, and Scotch thistle, to name a few.
According to the Northern Arizona Invasive Plants website managed by Coconino County Cooperative Extension, "Invasive plants are aggressive spreaders and/or prolific reproducers, which can adapt to a variety of conditions and have few natural controls in their new habitat. The animals, birds, insects, and fungi that controlled them in their native habitat are absent. They are difficult to control or eliminate once established. In certain situations, such as over-grazed pastures, even native plants can become invasive." Check out their website to learn more about invasive plants in the area.
What makes a working landscape? The Diablo Trust published a booklet that introduces wild and working landscapes on the Colorado Plateau and in Coconino County. Read more at http://www.diablotrust.org/working-and-wild-lands
Coconino County Parks & Recreation hosted two bioblitzes at county natural areas. Read more about the activities at the 2015 BioBlitz at Pumphouse County Natural Area and the bird walk during the 2016 BioBlitz at Rogers Lake County Natural Area.