The Upper Gila Riparian Restoration Project began in 2013. The planning and permitting process took us into 2015, and we were able to break ground in February of 2015. Since then, we’ve removed and treated over 25 acres of invasive salt cedar (Tamarisk spp.).
We work with a wide variety of partners to accomplish this work. The majority of funding for this project comes from the Walton Family Foundation, with match from Arizona State Forestry, Partners for Fish & Wildlife, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Freeport-McMoRan Inc, Graham County United Way, and community support.
Our on-the-ground work is completed by the GWP staff and Arizona Conservation Corps youth crews. This partnership engages youth, ages 18-25, to get outdoors, learn about careers in Natural Resources, and they earn AmeriCorps funding for their education. For more information on youth opportunities please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.