The Three C’s of Urban Riparian Restoration: Coordination, Communication, and Challenge

November 10th, 2020
 
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Riparian restoration efforts in urban areas must consider a patchwork of land ownership, myriad stakeholder values and goals, and varied resources and funding. When compared to remote areas where a primary goal of restoration is to increase ecological integrity, restoration in urban areas also incudes potential development, access, recreation, and industry. As many rural communities along rivers in the West are projected to grow in the future, it remains critical to ensure the integrity of riparian areas is considered, especially with the looming uncertainty of climate change.
 
In Grand Junction, RiversEdge West (formerly Tamarisk Coalition) was founded in 2001 and worked with partners locally to complete landmark restoration projects removing invasive tamarisk and Russian olive from public areas along the Colorado River. In 2012, RiversEdge West formally founded the Desert Rivers Collaborative (DRC) as a coordinated platform to address restoration in two Colorado counties along the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers.
 
Rica Fulton, a Restoration Coordinator with RiversEdge West who leads the DRC, will talk about the importance of coordination with different partners, the necessity of communication, and the challenges of restoration in the Grand Junction Area. Rica will also discuss some strategies and lessons learned for overcoming challenges, including the importance of working with private landowners, the value of leveraging funding, and the forthcoming riparian restoration stewardship framework to ensure restoration is effective and long-lasting.
 

RiversEdge West's

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

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