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Desert Rivers Collaborative Bi-Annual Meeting Highlights

September 3rd, 2019
On August 29th, we hosted over 30 members of the Desert Rivers Collaborative. Partners shared pertinent updates on riparian restoration projects in Mesa and Delta Counties, engaged with other natural resource specialists, and learned about tamarisk beetle movements in the Grand Valley. The partnership also discussed the potential of developing a shared two-person "strike team" to focus on monitoring and maintenance needs throughout the partnership and discussed shared needs and challenges. 
Current notable projects within the DRC includes work on a Bureau of Reclamation property near Cameo, where secondary weeds and tamarisk re-sprouts are to be treated. With the wet spring, white top and other secondary weeds took-over the post-fire area. A grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board is helping with some of the costs for treatment. Also, the City of Grand Junction and the Colorado West Land Trust are working to build a connector trail along Monument Road to connect to the Lunch Loops trailhead, and the DRC is providing technical assistance for maintenance.
Thank you to the DRC members that joined us for this productive meeting; attendees included representatives from the National Park Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Mesa County, City of Grand Junction, Colorado West Land Trust, the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Palisade Insectary, Bureau of Land Management - Colorado, Bureau of Reclamation, Colorado State Forest Service, and a private landowner.
By working cooperatively, the DRC is bringing a strategic and coordinated approach to riparian restoration such that measurable, landscape-scale improvements can be achieved and sustained. Visit the Desert Rivers Collaborative's webpage to learn more. 

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