Current Projects

A Holistic Approach

We take a holistic approach in developing and implementing our projects. Even though most of our projects involve boots-on-the-ground field work, there are many important social and economic implications of our work that must also be taken into consideration. We address social, economic, and environmental issues in each and every project.

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 the sediment and E. coli impairment on these rivers. This project will slow sediment, which carries E. coli by installing small, one-rock check dams with native plants on the landscape above the rivers. We also plan to engage the community through volunteer clean-up events, promoting the installation of two restrooms, and install do-not-litter signage at high recreation sites. We hope through this project, that 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!