Escalante River Watershed Partnership

Restoration Work

The Escalante River, a unique ribbon of green, winds through a vast desert landscape and is a vital source of water for both natural communities and the residents of the towns of Boulder and Escalante. In 2010, Partners joined a multi-jurisdictional effort to restore the Escalante Watershed and is a key partner in the Escalante River Watershed Partnership (ERWP).

In the fall of 2019, a major milestone was reached when the Escalante River Watershed Partnership completed the initial treatments of Russian olive control on public land in the entire watershed. That’s 90 miles of river within a 1.3 million acre watershed! This project was led by GSEP, who worked as project managers, field leadership, and liaisons to the multiple stakeholders. This ten-year effort was one of the largest backcountry restoration projects in the country. In the remote canyons, equipment and supplies were brought in by local horsepacking outfitters. GSEP looks forward to continuing the project as we enter the equally important “Monitoring and Maintenance” phase, which will include retreating this vast area and monitoring progress. Stay tuned for updates as we work to restore these critical riparian areas for the benefit native species, habitat, and our precious water resources.

For additional info, contact Jonathan Paklaian at jonathan@gsenm.org or 435-826-4737.

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You can learn more about the riparian habitat and challenges of managing the Escalante River Watershed in this Story Map, created by the Bureau of Land Management and Utah State University Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab.