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Desert Rivers Collaborative (DRC) Update

March 10th, 2021
 
 
As the river starts to rise and vegetation begins to bloom, we have multiple restoration projects along the Colorado River in full swing across Mesa and Delta County. Western Colorado Conservation Corps (WCCC) crews are scheduled to spend two weeks removing tamarisk and Russian olive at Riverbend Park in Palisade, followed by revegetation later this fall with native plants from Chelsea Nursery.
 
Maintenance work by smaller crews is also ongoing at sites in Fruita, on Colorado Parks and Wildlife lands on the Colorado River near 29 Road in Grand Junction, and in Cameo on lands that were burned in 2018 in partnership with the Bureau of Reclamation.
 
Desert Rivers Collaborative partners are also working to solidify a rapid monitoring protocol to be utilized on many restoration sites in the Grand Valley along the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers. Monitoring is a critical step in understanding the ecological condition of a site and better refine the adaptive management approach used in restoration projects to ensure best practices.
 
We are also excited to work with WCCC who is hiring two interns to conduct monitoring this summer, providing valuable, hands-on experience to emerging leaders in the restoration field.
 
The Desert Rivers Collaborative was founded by RiversEdge West in 2012 to serve as a coordinated platform to address invasive riparian plant species and restoration along the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers and their tributaries.

 

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

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