2017 ROR Update

 
The Restore Our Rivers campaign continues to make progress towards growing resources, capacity and fundraising know-how for nine restoration partnerships working to restore six rivers (the Colorado and Dolores Rivers (western Colorado/eastern Utah), Colorado’s Purgatoire River, Rio Grande in New Mexico, Escalante River in Utah, Verde River in Arizona, and Virgin River through Nevada and Arizona) in the West. To date, TC and the partnerships involved have raised a total of $1.2M towards the $2.4M goal of the campaign. Most importantly, the nine partnerships have made important strides towards investing in their organizational sustainability.
 
As the end of the year approaches, we need your help to reach the Restore Our Rivers' $2.42 M goal!  Share this good work with your friends, and donate today.  Your investment will ensure that river protection continues and is sustained into the future.  
 
So far, donations to the Restore Our Rivers campaign from individuals like you have helped these partnerships accomplish the following:
 
The Dolores River Restoration Partnership 
continues to work towards developing a stewardship plan which will set the stage for community-based maintenance of the river into the future. 
Students from the Gateway School near the Dolores River participating in a stewardship and monitoring program. 
 
The Desert Rivers Collaborative
is developing an approach for continued maintenance on key stretches of the Colorado River, is working to coordinate projects with the Audobon Society to enhance endangered bird habitat and was recently awarded its first grant from Patagonia. 
 
The Escalante River Watershed Partnership
grew its capacity by hiring an Administrative Assistant through Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP). Earlier this year, GSEP launch a successful campaign which attracted over $30,000 in donations to support their work. 
Sheridan, the Grand Staircase Escalante Partners' new Administrative Assistant 
 
The Middle Colorado Watershed Council
is successfully engaging its Board to develop a Resource Development Plan and has received financial support from the Aspen Ski Corporation, Alpine Bank, and individual donors.
Middle Colorado Watershed Council Board Members on their inaugural Board Float Trip
 
The Purgatoire Watershed Weed Management Partnership,
with support from the Moore Charitable Foundation, is developing an innovative cost-share program that will incentivize landowner participation in riparian restoration on private land.
Private landowner, Steve Wooten, has participated in invasive plant removal on his property with help from the Purgatoire Partnership.
 
The Southeast Utah Riparian Partnership
is building its coordination capacity and is preparing to inventory previously treated sites and vegetative conditions along the Colorado River so as to update its restoration plan and has successfully brought in funding from new individual donors. 
Soil and vegetation monitoring at a restoration site.
 
The Save Our Bosque Task Force
has hired its first paid staff person in 24 years to help coordinate programs and fundraising and has successfully brought in funding from the McCune Foundation, Friends of Bosque del Apache and individual donors.
 
Miranda Kersten, Save Our Bosque Task Force's new Program Director
 
The Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition and Friends of the Verde River Greenway
have bolstered their capacity by merging with Verde River Basin Partnership and hiring a Communications Director and Executive Director (pending). With these positions filled FVRG will be able to pursue a focused resource development plan.
 
The Lower Virgin River Integrated Watershed Management Planning Group
has hired a facilitator and commenced pre-planning workshops to develop a charter and outline for the Integrated Watershed Management Plan. 
Robert D. Sutter, the Lower Virgin River Integrated Watershed Management Planning Group's new facilitator
 
As we approach the end of the year we will be looking to YOU, our members and supporters, to help us reach the Restore Our Rivers fundraising goal. Please share this work with your friends, and donate!

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