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Our Mission

RiversEdge West restores riparian (riverside) ecosystems through education, collaboration, and technical assistance.
 
We accomplish this by:
  • Replacing invasive plants with native plant species along thousands of riverside acres across the Southwest
  • Educating thousands of community members and youth to foster long-term river stewardship 
  • Training river restoration professionals through our training series and annual conference – including education and outreach about the tamarisk beetle
  • Researching and developing new restoration techniques to effectively restore riparian ecosystems
 
 
Our Vision
RiversEdge West envisions a network of healthy riparian ecosystems throughout the Western U.S., benefiting native species, wildlife, people, and communities. 
 
Through expansive and diverse community engagement and participation, RiversEdge West will realize lasting change to achieve sustainable and healthy river systems. Increased pressures and demands will continue to impact our rivers. RiversEdge West’s work will establish and grow a community of local stewards to advance the resiliency and sustainability of native riparian and wildlife habitats across the Western U.S.  
 
Our Values
RiversEdge West promotes active engagement and collaboration among diverse people and interests to restore the quality and ecological integrity of riparian lands critical to the well-being of communities. 
Invasive plants in a riparian ecosystem negatively impact wildlife, recreation, and agricultural production, lessening the quality of life and threatening local economies in river-dependent communities. 
 
RiversEdge West understands the close relationship between people and rivers, and sees clean water, agriculture, development, recreation, and cultural heritage all being integral considerations in planning for, restoring and managing riparian systems over a prolonged period. 
 
Extensive riparian restoration is accomplished through collaborative work that respects biodiversity and ecosystem integrity, existing water laws, property rights, cultural and social values, and livelihoods. REW fosters collaboration as a neutral, apolitical organization that works across diverse groups. We are committed to engaging traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations in its work by being aware of the barriers that previously prevented these communities from participation. 
 
Who We Are
RiversEdge West (formerly Tamarisk Coalition) was founded in 1999. RiversEdge West focuses on riparian (riverside) forest and floodplain health in the American West to address impacts from invasive riparian plants such as Russian olive and tamarisk, challenges associated with climate change and habitat fragmentation, and stressors that may result in diminished biodiversity and ecosystem services.
 
As a leader in collaborative river restoration efforts, our success comes by connecting a diverse set of stakeholders and utilizing decades of experience to foster long-lasting relationships. In turn, this leads to successful and sustainable partnerships and restoration outcomes across boundaries.  
 
Providing support and technical assistance to partner organizations is a top priority for REW. Whether it is providing feedback on restoration techniques in the field, securing funding for projects, or leading public outreach and awareness events, we work to ensure restoration efforts are successful, supported, and sustainable. 
 
Additionally, RiversEdge West excels in educating the community, including younger generations. By providing clear and concise information on managing invasive riparian plants and reestablishing native plant communities, REW is creating long-lasting river stewardship for generations to come. 
 
To learn more about the impacts of invasive plants and why we work to restore rivers, click here or watch our outreach webinar.
 
Strategic Plan
Read our 2022-2024 Strategic Plan to learn more about our values, goals, strategies, and operating principles.  
 
What Next? 
 
 
Partner Testimonial
"Our relationship with RiversEdge West (formerly Tamarisk Coalition) has allowed Colorado Parks and Wildlife to more effectively meet our mission of improving the wildlife habitat within the state.  The networking and training opportunities provided by the RiversEdge West allow us to leverage intellectual and financial resources to improve habitat along the Colorado River.  As a group, we are able to accomplish more than we could as individuals."
 
- Pete Firmin; Park Manager-James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park
 

RiversEdge West's

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

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