Riparian Restoration and Tamarisk Beetle Workshop I Benson, AZ

April 9th, 2018 to April 10th, 2018
Cochise College Benson Center
Benson, AZ
Join us in Arizona for this two-day workshop that brings in professionals from across the country to discuss riparian restoration in the southwest, the effects of wildfire in desert riparian systems, the distribution and spread of the tamarisk beetle, impacts of the beetle on riparian systems, effects of the beetle on endangered species, and desert-specific riparian plantings.
The first day will be in a classroom-style setting and the second day will include multiple site visits along the San Pedro River to discuss current and expected conditions as well as ongoing restoration activities. 
Contact Ben Bloodworth at for more information or click here to learn more.
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We had an awesome workshop in Benson with great speakers, excellent attendees who asked spot-on questions, and beautiful site visits along the San Pedro River. Below are links to each of the presentations that were provided at this workshop.
Introduction to RiversEdge West - Melissa McMaster, RiversEdge West
Riparian wildfire and the tamarisk beetle - Gail Drus, St. Francis University
Impacts of biocontrol defoliation on native birds - Sean Mahoney, Northern Arizona University
Impacts of tamarisk beetle defoliation on SWFL - Mary Anne McLeod, SWCA Environ. Consultants
Restoration planning for long-term success - Bruce Orr, Stillwater Sciences
Invasive species removal techniques - Tarl Norman, National Park Service - EPMT
Desert riparian-specific native plants for restoration - Allegra Mount, Borderlands Restoration
Preserving and restoring the Santa Cruz river - Ian Dowdy, Sonoran Institute

RiversEdge West's

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