Private Lands

RiversEdge West employs a Private Lands Biologist through a partnership with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Private landowner participation in restoration projects is vital to connecting habitat and expanding the reach of projects.
Financial Assistance
To facilitate private landowner participation, the Private Lands Biologist will help individuals navigate federal funding opportunities. Below are a couple of the funding programs offered through NRCS (Please note the below links will open a new window to the USDA NRCS Colorado Website for each program):
The USDA continues to work on regulation and policy changes in regards to the new 2018 Farm Bill. For the most current information available, please follow this link.
Technical Assistance
Whether or not funding is involved, landowners or land managers can obtain a conservation plan from NRCS. A conservation plan addresses all the resource concerns on your property. Resource concerns are addressed with time-tested scientifically developed practices to help you achieve the goals for your property or agricultural operation. NRCS has access to engineers, biologists, agronomists, soil scientists, etc. All these resources are available to you at no cost (except patience). Read more about the Conservation Technical Assistance program by clicking the link below.
Grant Projects
RiversEdge West assists in funding and management of restoration projects throughout the Colorado River Basin. Though they do not usually have pools of funds on hand for private lands projects, they do seek to include private lands in their landscape and watershed-scale restoration projects. Join the list of interested private landowners to be included in the next riparian restoration grant-funded project in your area. Not directly on the river? Creeks and drainages count as riparian areas too!

Bridging the Gap

Riverside private landowners face the same challenges as public landowners, but the goals and desired outcomes can be very different. By focusing on the concerns of private landowners along the river corridors of Western Colorado, RiversEdge West hopes to bridge the gap in restoration assistance.
For more information, please contact RiversEdge West.

RiversEdge West's

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