Networking

The nature of our work to restore riverside habitat spans vast geographic areas and varying jurisdictions, requiring partnership and collaboration across boundaries. In order to support restoration practitioners in their collaborative efforts, we have become involved in numerous initiatives that support networking, communication, and information sharing across watersheds, and between agencies, organizations and individuals.
 
Throughout various networks, the peer-to-peer learning model continues to be the most effective way of getting work done on the ground. Over the years, this model has been the central pillar of the southwest regional Cross Watershed Network (XWN) and continues to be an integral part of REW’s work. 
 
While the XWN is transforming into an online tool kit, it has set the stage for other smaller networks to emerge. Specifically, the state-based Arizona Cross Watershed Network has recently formalized and REW has been assisting with its initial development. 
 
On a larger scale, REW provides leadership and support for the Western Collaborative Conservation Network (WCCN), serving on the network’s leadership team, steering committee, and various working groups. This large, regional network of community-based conservation groups and place-based networks in the intermountain west was formalized in 2019 and continues to build momentum. 
 
By connecting all sectors of conservation, from riparian areas to high alpine and everything in between, similar challenges can be tackled and figurative siloes can be broken down. The result is a network that works together to effectively restore damaged ecosystems.
 

RiversEdge West's

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

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