Summer is a busy time for our Conservation Programs (formerly Restoration Programs) and we’ve been hard at work with the Escalante River Watershed Partnership (ERWP), tackling woody invasive control on both public and private land.
Additionally, we’re currently in the midst of monitoring the condition of our previous treatments across the watershed, with help from visiting partners Conservation Legacy and RiversEdge West. Public land Russian olive retreatments continue in areas like Harris Wash, Alvey Wash, the Escalante Gorge, and the lower Escalante River. We will continue with woody invasive retreatment and restoration on private land in Escalante with the help of the Ancestral Lands Diné crew this month. The Diné will also be joining us for a public land retreatment in the backcountry of Harris Wash in Glen Canyon.
Another partner, Utah Conservation Corps, has committed to helping us this summer and fall to complete backcountry Russian olive retreatments under guidance from our experienced GSEP field team.
Conservation Programs staff are invested in developing professional relationships across southern Utah and the region. Partners and ERWP are excited to receive additional support from Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative for 2020 and 2021.
This support will go toward additional private/public land restoration efforts, as well as native bird surveys on private/public land. This collaborative study with Utah State University will help us learn more about the native birds in the area, and how they respond to restoration work throughout the watershed.
As a representative of Partners, I serve on the Western Collaborative Conservation Network (WCCN) leadership team where I am able to collaborate with other professionals across the West, representing southern Utah conservation challenges and needs to the region. We’re working to develop a greater capacity for practitioners to conduct collaborative conservation, developing tools and systems to work together across organizations and the region.
Lastly, let’s hope for some more monsoon rain!
Conservation Programs Manager