“The most vulnerable habitats of all, with the highest extinction rate per unit area, are rivers, streams and lakes….”
~E.O. Wilson in “A Biologist’s Manifesto for Preserving the Earth”
Northern Arizona’s Verde River is a little-known and underappreciated river supporting some of the best-surviving riparian habitat in the southwest. The Verde River has tremendous value to humans and wildlife; and it is deeply threatened. In this Speaker Series talk, Dr. Gary Beverly, chair of the Yavapai Group of the Sierra Club, will describe the extensive efforts by many organizations to protect the upper Verde, including work towards a Wild and Scenic River designation, and efforts to preserve the Verde’s base flow.
This presentation reveals a rich resource for wildlife, highlighting nineteen species listed by the Endangered Species Act and sixteen additional species on the watch list. Learn how individual citizens can help preserve this unique and wonderful river — the only surviving perennial river in Arizona.
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Gary Beverly earned a PhD degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of California. Since moving to Prescott in 1974, he taught chemistry, physics, and alternative energy at Yavapai College, then worked as a farmer, contractor, and businessman. Since retiring in 2006, he works as an environmental activist focused on protecting the Verde River.