Chris Meachum via Crowdrise
November 20, 2010
BENEFITING: FRIENDS OF SADDLE MOUNTAIN
Saddle Mountain and the Palo Verde Hills region share a history spanning thousands of years of prehistoric cultures that inhabited the deserts of western Arizona. Three converging washes provided the Palo Verde Hills with an oasis-like environment. There, Winters Wash funneled water through the Palo Verde foothills creating lush stands of mesquite, ironwood, and palo verde trees. This environment provided sources of food and cover. Plus, both areas offered opportunities for hunting deer and bighorn sheep along with smaller game animals. An overview of cultures associated with this Saddle Mountain site stretch from Middle Archaic traditions of the Amargosa and Cochise to the later Patayan, Hakataya, and Hohokam to more recent historic Yavapai and lastly, to the historic Anglo American.
This distinctive landform contains crucial desert bighorn sheep habitat that has been augmented by a water tank developed through the cooperative efforts of the Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and the BLM. Lush foliage creates a habitat valuable to a range of wildlife in the Palo Verde Hills, including the desert tortoise and approximately 162 other species. Threatened species within the area include Gila monster, kit fox, cooper hawk, and sharp-shinned hawk. Additionally, prairie falcons and golden eagles are found in the upper reaches of Saddle Mountain.
As champions for Saddle Mountain and the Palo Verde Hills, we are currenlty attempting to procure permanent federal protection for our area. Any donations recieved will go towards our educational efforts, conservation, wildlife protection, and public lands protection advocacy. Please visit our website at FOSMAZ.org for more information... Thank You !!!