Video of Monitoring Vegetation along the Dolores River

June 8th, 2020
Last week, Rica Fulton, Restoration Coordinator for RiversEdge West, monitored vegetation along the Dolores River in Utah on sites that have previously had tamarisk removed in remote areas, accessible only by raft. This work was completed as part of the Dolores River Restoration Partnership's efforts to collect and standardize its monitoring data to determine areas of the River that are better suited for revegetation as well as incorporating fish, avian, and geomorphological monitoring. 
River flows high enough to get a raft down only occur some years, so it is challenging to plan for these events. Monitoring is an important step in the restoration process to help understand how sites respond to tamarisk removal treatments, helps identify future sites, provide data to land managers and partners, and understand the state of native vegetation.
While some tamarisk and Russian knapweed still require treatments, most sites have healthy coyote willow populations, as well as serviceberry and other shrubs. Signs of wildlife and birds are also abundant!

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RiversEdge West leads four riparian restoration partnerships that are returning damaged riparian corridors to diverse and resilient ecosystems, one of which is the Dolores River Restoration Partnership. 
RiversEdge West employs the Restoration Coordinators that guide these partnerships; serving as the fiscal agent as well as driving the planning, fundraising, and riparian restoration work that keeps these partnerships functioning effectively and efficiently.
To date, the DRRP has treated 1,700 acres along the Dolores River and is taking the lead to monitor and maintain over 400 acres each year. In 2019, this public-private partnership celebrated a decade of collaboration, restoration, and on-the-ground work between two states, six counties, four Bureau of Land Management Field Offices, and many private landowners.
RiversEdge West's Restoration Coordinator, Rica Fulton, with her pup, Harper, along the Dolores River. Photo by Rig to Flip
The Dolores River. Photo by Rig to Flip
A desert tree frog enjoys a side canyon of the Dolores River. Photo by Rig to Flip
Photo by Rig to Flip
Photo by Rig to Flip

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