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Old December 9th, 2015, 02:36 PM   #1
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January Fish Habitat

Hi Everyone,

Our January habitat days are scheduled for 1/12/2016-Tuesday and 1/15/2016-Friday)and we need to get a head count to see if we have enough volunteers. With the holidays I wanted to give everyone plenty of notice.Please email me (
akjones@azgfd.gov /pm/call (623-236-7593) if you haven't already to let me know if you can attend either of the January dates.


We will be meeting at 9:00 am at the Mesa Game and Fish Office (7200 E University Drive; Mesa, Arizona 85207). For the pour the cement truck will be scheduled to arrive between 10:30 and 11:00 am. Any and all help is welcomed, 18 years or older. Children 14 to 17 years old need to be accompanies by an adult who will supervise them. If you have younger children (7-13) interested they can help out as well as long as they are being directly supervised at all times by a parent or guardian.

We will provide all the tools along with an ice-chest full of bottled water. We have a limited number of work gloves available and I suggest bringing your own pair in case we run out. The molds are made of fiberglass so dress accordingly, long-sleeved shirts and pants are recommended. Closed-toe shoes are required. Donít forget to bring sunscreen as there is minimal shade and most of the work is in direct sunlight.

We have also scheduled the rest of the habitat dates:
Thursday February 11 and Friday February 12
Monday March 14 and Tuesday March 15
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Old January 7th, 2016, 08:54 AM   #2
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So far we have 4 volunteers for January 12th and 3 Volunteers for January 15th. We need at least 3 more volunteers for both days to build the habitat. Email akjones@azgfd.gov or call as 623-236-7593 if you would like to signup to volunteer.
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Old January 7th, 2016, 09:16 AM   #3
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Have you guys planted any of these yet or just building them? How many have you built? Thanks
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Old January 7th, 2016, 09:49 AM   #4
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Why doesn't GF bundle brush like they do in havasu? Seems more cost effective
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Old January 7th, 2016, 10:59 AM   #5
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Why doesn't GF bundle brush like they do in havasu? Seems more cost effective
They do, maybe this is just a different project

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Old January 7th, 2016, 11:14 AM   #6
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very cool, thanks for the link
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Old January 7th, 2016, 11:52 AM   #7
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very cool, thanks for the link
Theres pictures in the gallery of the vollenteers doing this way back when I just couldnt find them for some reason.
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Old January 7th, 2016, 12:02 PM   #8
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We worked both lakes but then they did them on weekends so those of us who work for a living could help out. This midweek stuff won't work for me.
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Old January 10th, 2016, 04:14 PM   #9
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I will be there both days. I was able to take off work from 9-1 both days. If anyone can even get out for an hr or two on one or both days would be a help.. Thanks Ms Jones
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Old January 10th, 2016, 04:19 PM   #10
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Do I get discount on my fishing license if I volunteer?
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Old January 10th, 2016, 04:36 PM   #11
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Do I get discount on my fishing license if I volunteer?
Ha. No... However, as pathetic as it is, we are putting together some great raffle prizes for those that volunteer. We haven't worked out all the details yet but it will be something like each time you volunteer you get a free ticket and we will do a draw after each event for a prize and then a huge prize draw for people that volunteer participate 4 or more times in the season. We have solid prize packs (rods,reels,baits etc..) and people like Josh Bertrand and Brett Hite offering up guide trips! It will be well worth people making these events... More to come when we have things finalized.
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Old January 11th, 2016, 08:33 AM   #12
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So far we have built 87 Concrete Fish Balls and will be making 12 more this week. We are building a stockpile for a couple of reasons. The first is to be ready to place as much habitat as possible once we get approval and the second is to allow the pH to balance so algae can start to grow right away and provide food.

We do plan on placing brush habitat as well as other structures, Mossback Safe Havens and potentially Georgia Cubes and Fishiding structures. One of the downsides to brush habitat is that it degrades overtime. Concrete and plastic structures have a longer lifespan.

We try to have a few of the habitat days on the weekend to accommodate the people who work during the week. I can try to have a few more on the weekends next go around if that will help people come out.
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Old January 12th, 2016, 09:19 AM   #13
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that would help a lot. Have been to one and am happy to help but can't take off work for it.
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