- Jeff Raible
Reseeding Native Plants near Tuzigoot
Karen and Jeff volunteered to help regenerate native plants along the Verde River near the ancient pueblo ruins known as Tuzigoot ("crooked waters" in Apache), which was built upon a hill that rises from the floodplain of the Verde River, just 20 minutes from Origins B&B in the town of Clarkdale.
The National Park Service regularly holds Seed Ball dispersal events at local National Monuments (Tuzigoot, Montezuma Castle & Well), to reintroduce or strengthen the presence of native plants, which also benefits native wildlife.
Here is a photo of our group of volunteers making Seed Balls (a combination of dirt, water, compost and native plant seeds).
It was a warm, May morning, so we are working in the shade of some Mesquite trees.
Why we didn't enjoy the greater shade of the Cottonwoods seen in the background, I do not know.
Here is a photo of the field that we reseeded. It had been cleared of most non-native plants a season earlier. And, yes, that's Tuzigoot in the background.
As we walked back from the field to the ruins, I took a snapshot of the Verde River floodplain as seen from near the ruins. In this area of relatively wide and flat land, earlier inhabitants - whom we call the Sinagua - farmed this area extensively.
A warm, dusty, but ultimately enjoyable morning! We were pleased to aid this effort to conserve our beautiful environment.