Hello and welcome to the Open Space Stewardship Program! Thank you for supporting some of the most beautiful natural areas in Flagstaff. The goal of this guidebook is to provide you with all of the information you need to be a successful Steward.
Title: Open Space Steward
The responsibilities of an Open Space Steward include submitting Open Space land use concerns, participating in Open Space Stewardship events, and reporting rules and regulations violations. An Open Space Steward is required to provide at least 20 hours of service per calendar year. The position involves hiking on uneven surfaces and trails of varying elevation gain. Service projects may involve lifting and other more strenuous activities. Stewards act as representatives of the City of Flagstaff Open Space Program and engage with the public when appropriate.
Record property management needs that are submitted to the OSP for review.
Complete small management projects to maintain OS in excellent condition.
Provide onsite presence at OS properties to encourage acceptable use, discourage harmful use, and provide site educational information to users on the OSP and nature.
Location: Picture Canyon, Observatory Mesa, McMillan Mesa Natural Area, and Schultz Creek Natural Area
Report the condition of trails, signs, fences, parking lots, and roads.
Report the presence of vandalism, trash, and invasive weed species.
Participate in scheduled Stewardship events.
Engage with the pubic when applicable.
Training/ support provided:
Online training documents
Stewardship supervisor support
Stewardship supervisor and contact information:
Contact Leila Husain, Open Space Events and Outreach VISTA at Leila.firstname.lastname@example.org or 928.213.2155.
Open Space Properties
McMillan Mesa open space celebration Saturday Arizona Daily Sun
McMillan Mesa management plan to catch up with voters Arizona Daily Sun
Forest thinning makes strides on Observatory Mesa Arizona Daily Sun
City seeks feedback for trailhead redevelopment Arizona Daily Sun
Location Rules and Regulations
Leave No Trace
Wildlife and Fisheries Coconino National Forest
Plant Species (native, invasive, and rare)
Northern Arizona Native Plants 2017 Fall Master Gardener Class
Ponderosa Pine Forest at Flagstaff Coconino National Forest
Northern Arizona Invasive Plants The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Coconino County
Arizona Rare Plant Field Guide The Arizona Native Plant Society
Natural History of Northern Arizona
Exploring northern Arizona's San Francisco Volcanic Field Arizona Geological Survey
Cultural History of Northern Arizona
Sinagua Culture Wupatki National Monument
Elden Pueblo Trade and Food Coconino National Forest
The Sinagua Anthropology Laboratories of Northern Arizona University
Influence of Railroads in Flagstaff Northern Arizona University
The Babbitt Brothers & The CO Bar Ranch Marshall Trimble
Interpretation and Public Engagement
Tips for Enjoying & Preserving Archaeological Sites Friends of Cedar Mesa
Foundations of Interpretation Curriculum Content Narrative National Park Service
Stronger Together: A Manual on the Principles and Practices of Civic Engagement (pages 3-7) National Park Service