Private Lands Interactive Workshop

RiversEdge West
January 9th, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                               
January 9, 2020
Sarah Wilson - Private Lands Biologist
RiversEdge West/Natural Resource Conservation Service
 Private Lands Interactive Workshop
What: Private Landowners are invited to join RiversEdge West for an interactive workshop and panel that will connect public land managers and private landowners; providing an opportunity to discuss projects, funding, and other resources as it relates to riparian (riverside) restoration on private lands.
Where: Colorado Mesa University’s University Center -  East Ballroom
When: February 6, 2020, 8:30 AM — 12:30 PM
Cost: Private landowners are invited to attend the workshop free of charge (lunch included!).
RSVP:, email Cara at or call 970.256.7400 or learn more at
Description: Private landowners along western rivers hold the key to riparian (riverside) restoration project continuity and the success of watershed-level restoration.
“A generation of dialogue between private landowners and those that seek to assist them with projects remains the greatest challenge in conservation,” said Sarah Wilson, Private Lands Biologist with RiversEdge West/NRCS.  “We need to hear what challenges private landowners face before, during, and after restoration projects in order to improve our processes and strengthen our partnerships.”
RiversEdge West continues its efforts to connect public land managers, funders, and private landowners with a half-day workshop on day three of their 2020 Riparian Restoration Conference. Not just a collection of presentations, the workshop features a panel of different perspectives including:
  • Shane Burton, Private Landowner
  • Bob and Liz Petrus, Private Landowners
  • Sparky Taber, Bureau of Land Management (retired)
  • Callie Hendrickson, White River & Douglas Creek Conservation Districts
  • Sarah Wilson, NRCS/RiversEdge West
  • Shelly Simmons, RiversEdge West/Spanish Peaks-Purgatoire River Conservation District
The panel discussion will be professionally facilitated by Stacy Beaugh, President of Strategic by Nature, and will include ample time for taking questions from and having discussions with the audience. More details are available here:
RiversEdge West (REW), formerly the Tamarisk Coalition, is a nonprofit based in Grand Junction that focuses on the advancement of riparian (riverside) restoration through education, collaboration and technical assistance across the American West.

RiversEdge West's

mission is to advance the restoration of riparian lands through collaboration, education, and technical assistance.



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