Current Projects

Upper Gila Watershed Riparian Restoration Project
This project, funded by grants from the Walton Family Foundation, Freeport McMoRan Inc., and the United Way of Graham County, will remove invasive tamarisk and restore portions of the Upper Gila River banks to native vegetation before the Tamarisk Beetle arrives and devastates critical wildlife habitat. The Gila Watershed Partnership, with the Bureau of Land Management constructed a greenhouse and plantation fields at the Eastern Arizona College Discovery Park Campus to grow the native plants to be used in this and other restoration projects.

San Francisco and Blue Rivers E. coli Reduction Project

This project, funded by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, will work to reduce E. coli impairment on these rivers. This project will engage the community through volunteer clean-up events, promote the installation of three restrooms, and install “do not litter” signage at high recreation sites. We hope that through this project, the Blue and San Francisco Rivers can be a cleaner, and more beautiful place for our community to enjoy.

Eastern Arizona College – Discovery Park Campus Pollinator Garden

This project, funded by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Eastern Arizona College (EAC), and USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, will create pollinator garden on the EAC Discovery Park Campus. This demonstration project will show the community which plants benefit pollinators, and how to create earthworks basins to capture rainwater. This area can be used as a future educational site where teachers can talk about the importance of pollinators – including the monarch butterfly – to our community.  Without the current and future support of our community volunteers and partners, this project would not be possible!

Southeastern Arizona Youth Land Stewardship (SEAYLS) Program
This is a pilot program funded by the United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties that will provide Greenlee County youth  a six-week paid summer internship in 2020 to engage them in the stewardship of their local watershed. Our goals are to increase the knowledge of local watershed issues and provide transferable work skills that will build confidence, encourage teamwork, and keep young people engaged, working, and investing in their local community.