Digging for water – A Mexican spotted owl sits in a tree in Coronado National Forest. The owl is a threatened species, and until a few days ago its presence in Miller Canyon was a matter of speculation. But now that it has surfaced, the owl could be a game-changer in the water war between the U.S. Forest Service and Tombstone, Arizona.
Digging for water – Volunteers make their way through the Coronado National Forest to Gardner Spring, one of the sources of water for the city of Tombstone.
Digging for water – Sherry Kammeyer, safety officer for the Tombstone pipeline project, talks to a crowd of volunteers.
Digging for water – Volunteer Jeff Richter uses a pry bar to move a large rock at Gardner Springs in the Miller Peak Wilderness area.
Digging for water – Volunteers hike through Coronado National Forest. About a hundred volunteers joined the Tombstone Shovel Brigade, hiking up the mountain to help move and bury the line that supplies Tombstone with water.
Digging for water – U.S. Forest Service rangers clear a tree with a handsaw.
Digging for water – Volunteer Melinda Brooks uses a pickaxe to break up rocks.
Digging for water – Volunteers clear large rocks in the mountainous area.
Digging for water – Coronado National Forest covers 1.78 million acres of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico.