Our ultimate goal is to continue to acquire more of Willow Creek to add to the Preserve and counter the adverse effects of 150+ years of cattle grazing within the watershed. Our tours will take you into the ungrazed Preserve as well as into the grazed areas surrounding the Preserve. Every dollar earned through our Tours and Courses will help us further our management and acquisition goals.
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The Willow Creek Riparian Preserve is a 10-acre privately owned and managed high desert riparian refuge located 30 miles east of Kingman, Arizona. This is the first privately owned Riparian Preserve in Northwestern Arizona to exclude livestock grazing and human related impacts from off-road vehicles and trespass with the intent to restore the creek / upland habitat, and regain native wildlife use.
The Preserve includes both creek and upland habitats. The creek habitat consists of a cottonwood - willow - mesquite woodland with a dominance of willow seep and the occasional Arizona ash tree. The upland habitat consists of high desert grassland with a dominance of mesquite, crucifixion thorn tree, banana yucca, cacti, ocotillo, and creosote bush. We are situated in the ecotone between high desert grassland and pinyon-juniper woodland at the base of the Aquarius Mountains at an approximate elevation of 3,600-feet.
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Although it is only 10-acres in size it has proven to pack a big punch for wildlife conservation and wildlife viewing opportunities since the construction of exclusion and wildlife-friendly fencing in October 2008. This effort could not have been completed without the assistance of the Kingman Rotary Club and Kingman Boy Scout Troop 66. Fencing materials were funded through the Arizona Game and Fish Department Heritage Funds.
Why is Willow Creek so important to Northwestern Arizona? It is a perennial and intermittent watercourse that feeds into the Big Sandy River which feeds into the Bill Williams River and finally
out to the Colorado River. There are numerous species of plants and wildlife that are closely associated with and/or dependent upon riparian systems. With nearly 95% of Arizona's natural riparian systems lost this makes Willow Creek even more important as both a wildlife corridor and a wildlife and native plant refugium within the Big Sandy Watershed. This watershed also captures easterly stormwater flows from the Hualapai Mountains located west of the Preserve.
We moved to our home on Willow Creek in 2004 and have recorded over 185 species of wildlife within the creek corridor. In addition to the peaceful, quiet, and natural beauty of the canyon, the area has significant historic and cultural histories. Our property is part of the historic Hardyville-Prescott Toll Road. We live as sustainably and green as possible - our power is 100% solar; we have 2 wells for our water; we have solar hot water heating; and we have 25 fruit trees and 2 small year-round garden plots. We can and dry our produce for storing and eating later.