White River Partnership

The White River Partnership (WRP) is comprised of public, private, and non-profit entities committed to healthy riparian areas along the White River in northwest Colorado and northeast Utah.
 
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Focus Area

Watershed Concerns

The health of the White River is vital to the socioeconomic well-being of local communities that depend on it for agricultural production, industry, recreation, aesthetics, and cultural uses. The lower White River and its tributaries provide crucial habitat for important native fish including several endangered and endemic species such as the Colorado pikeminnow and razorback sucker. Large herds of elk, deer, and other animals depend on the White River corridor for habitat and forage. 
 
The lower White River's riparian areas are becoming increasingly dominated by invasive plants such as tamarisk and Russian olive. These trees increase the risk of wildfire, diminish aquatic and riparian habitats, reduce natural river functions, and impede recreational, agricultural, and cultural uses of the river.

Our Goal

The White River Partnership (WRP) aims to further develop and implement a collaborative and comprehensive approach to improving the condition of riparian areas that complements ongoing efforts by partners as well as identifies and creates new opportunities for restoration. The WRP values communication and collaboration across jurisdictional boundaries and respects individual partners' goals, local customs and cultures, and private property rights.

Our Approach

The WRP follows a holistic approach that incorporates local communities' social, cultural, management, and economic goals into restoration planning. 
Current priorities include:
  • Continue outreach to local stakeholders
  • Provide information on key issues (e.g. landowner resources, riparian/aquatic habitat, recreation, restoration techniques) to partners and local communities
  • Prioritize restoration projects based on needs, stakeholder input, and available resources

Active Participants

  • RiversEdge West
  • Ute Indian Tribe
  • Bureau of Land Management Green River District, Vernal Field Office, and Utah Fisheries and Riparian Programs
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • Trout Unlimited
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service and Partners for Fish and Wildlife
  • Utah Partners for Conservation and Development
  • Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
  • Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration
  • Tri-County Health
  • Uintah County Weed Department
  • Utah Department of Environmental Quality
  • Utah Conservation Corps
  • Utah State University

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Contact Information

John Leary, Restoration Coordinator; RiversEdge West
 
 

RiversEdge West's

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

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