Citizen Hiker

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“We save Medicare a lot of money,” says one long-time member of Prescott Hiking Club. While the mile-high city club has its share of senior citizens, the 200-plus-member group of outdoor enthusiasts welcomes all who are interested in hiking to stay healthy. The club was established in 1989 as an informal social group and formally organized in 1997. Members pay a $5 annual fee which goes toward web page services, member incentives and promotional items....

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Today, we’re fixing a rut in some ‘liquid earth’ on the Tom’s Thumb trail,” says Leona Weinstein, master steward for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, on a crisp February morning. “The high-maintenance, decomposed granite substrate found in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is very vulnerable to erosion, especially after winter storms and monsoon rains.” As one of the leading volunteer organizations in the nation, the conservancy seeks to preserve and advance natural open space through science, education...

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