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River Recreation Working Group

Purpose  

Citizens, organizations, agencies, and local government collaborate to ensure stewardship for well-managed recreational and educational opportunities that sustainably connect people to nature along the river and upland ecosystems.

Conveners  
Town of Clarkdale and Arizona State Parks

Participants  

Local governments

Town of Camp Verde

Town of Clarkdale

City of Cottonwood

Yavapai County

Yavapai – Apache Nation

Management Agencies

US Forest Service – Coconino National Forest

US Forest Service – Prescott National Forest

Arizona Game and Fish

Arizona State Parks

Non-governmental Organizations

Friends of the Verde River Greenway

Community Forest Trust

Verde Valley Cyclist Coalition

Meetings  
Bi-monthly

Funding 
Prescott National Forest and Friends of the Verde River Greenway 

Facilitation  
Southwest Decision Resources



Progress

       String of Pearls Cross Visit to Grand Junction in 2014 inspired and galvanized the Verde team and led to the creation of the River Recreation Working Group.

       Development and initial implementation of River Recreation Master Plans by the Town of Camp Verde, Town of Clarkdale and the City Cottonwood.

       A regional approach to identify recreation hotspots has lead to the development of the String of Pearls.  The Verde River and its tributaries comprise the “string” and the pearls are those unique recreation opportunities along the river. This approach spans from Oak Creek in the north to Camp Verde and Beaver Creek to the south.

     Detailed profiles for each of the 34 pearls have been developed including location, recreation type, amenities and facilities. The String of Pearls have also been integrated in to a story map – telling the story of recreation opportunities in the greater Verde Valley.

Detailed profiles for each of the 34 pearls have been developed including location, recreation type, amenities and facilities. The String of Pearls have also been integrated in to a story map – telling the story of recreation opportunities in the greater Verde Valley.

Commercial outfitter permitting has been expanded and is modeled after the USFS permits which began roughly 8 years ago; the Town of Clarkdale and Arizona State Parks now also issue permits for commercial outfitters at river access points managed by those two agencies.

Moving Forward

       The Working Group is currently in the planning and design phase and will begin the implementation and monitoring phase in 2017.

       Signage along the river and a comprehensive map of River Access Points has come to the forefront of the collaborative effort. It is apparent that a multi-town, multi-jurisdiction effort to improve education on the river through signage is a priority.

       A long-term priority is to develop a cross-jurisdictional fiver management plan to guide river recreation, management and monitoring for the Verde River from Sycamore Creek to Beasley Flat.

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