Grants

In an effort to supplement federal funding for Fossil Creek, the Stakeholders Group assists the Forest Service in writing grants for on-the-ground actions that are designed to improve ecological conditions and provide for visitor education. The grants that have been received to date as well as those pending are described below.

Middle Fossil Creek Riparian Habitat Protection and Restoration Project (Arizona Water Protection Fund): $250,348 award announced November 2008 to the Coconino National Forest. Contract signed July 19, 2009. 
Goal of Project: Implement specific on-the-ground actions that prevent continued resource damage to riparian habitat and improve water quality.
Description of Project: This project will restore riparian habitat, reduce sediment and improve water quality in Middle Fossil Creek through implementing measures that will include road closures, trail closures, campsite closures, campfire closures, redefinition of campsites and parking areas, kiosk placement, ripping and re-seeding of access roads and weed removal (if necessary). In addition, a communication plan for educating the public will be developed to gain compliance with resource protection regulations and guidelines for Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River.
Goals of Project:The project goals include enhancement of the riparian habitat and improvement to the water quality of Middle Fossil Creek.
Objectives:
1. Protect and restore native riparian vegetation and habitat in the Middle Fossil Creek area;
2. Prevent soil sedimentation into Fossil Creek resulting from recreational use in the riparian zone;
3. Minimize direct and indirect disturbance to aquatic and riparian obligate species and habitat;
4. Minimize damage to, and loss of, cultural resources;
5. Educate visitors about the importance of the unique riparian resources provided by Fossil Creek.
Tasks:
Task 1. Permits, clearnaces, authroizations and agreements (includes completing Categorical Exclusion(s), endangered species surveys (if required), USFWS endangered species consultation (if required), subcontractor agreements between USFS and NAUand USFS and environmental consultant.
Task 2. Development of monitoring plan (riparian vegetation, water quality and visitor use)
Task 3. Impement measures to protect and restore the riparian zone of Middle Fossil Creek (may include road closures, trail closures, campsite closures, campfire closures, redefination of campsites, parking areas, kiosk placement and weed removal (if necessary), ripping and seeding to rehabilitate areas). Categorical Exclusions are planned to implement this work.
Task 4. Implementation of monitoring plan
Task 5. Public outreach and communication plan (media to be developed may includes on-site interpretive signs, flyers, brochures, public service announcements, web information and kiosk postings).
Task 6. Project coordination and reporting (ongoing progress reports and narrative to AWPF).

Middle Fossil Creek Water Quality Improvement Project (Arizona Department of Environmental Quality): $211,825 award announced July 2009 to the Coconino National Forest.
Goal fo Project: 
Address the issue of human waste impacts to Fossil Creek through initiation of a short-term (2-year) “pilot” program to address issues of efficiency and appropriate placement of toilets along Middle Fossil Creek. Temporary toilets will be placed in five locations along this reach.  Monitoring specific elements, including the use of these temporary toilets and the reduction of waste in the surrounding area, will help us design an appropriate long-term waste management program for Middle Fossil Creek in association with campsite designation in this reach. Our goal is a 90% reduction in human waste deposition within established recreation sites that have a toilet placed nearby.
Proposed Project:
Install ten temporary toilets at 5 locations during the highest 6 months of use (April-September, serviced weekly); five toilets installed during the lowest 6 months of use (October-March, serviced bi-monthly);
Public education and outreach directly aimed at reducing non-point pollution in the form of human waste within the riparian zone of Fossil Creek. Public education will be focused on Leave No Trace ethics, how to appropriately dispose of human waste, and the need for public-focused stewardship campaign for Fossil Creek as a whole. A logo will be designed that emphasizes stewardship of Fossil Creek. Twelve signs will be designed, produced, and placed on kiosks;
Monitor the effectiveness of toilet installation and use. Parameters measured will include: effectiveness of the toilets, if enough toilets have been provided, if toilets in appropriate locations, how much is pumped from each toilet, whether permanent toilets will be safe from vandalism, and ultimately, how to implement a long term waste management program in this area. Information gained from this project will directly assist management decisions that will be made in the Fossil Creek Comprehensive Management Plan that is required to be completed now that Fossil Creek is designated as a Wild and Scenic River. 
Monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the public information and education campaign;
Involve members of the Fossil Creek Stakeholder’s Group.