MISSION & EVOLUTION
The Southeast Utah Riparian Partnership is committed to supporting, informing, and advocating for the restoration, protection, and maintenance of healthy riparian ecosystems in Utah’s Colorado River Watershed. The group began meeting in 2006 and created their first plan in 2007.
The group meets 2 times a year to share information, plan collaborative projects and review project progress.
The SE Utah Riparian Partnership is a diverse public-private partnership of local, state and federal agencies; businesses; nonprofit organizations; and individuals. The group’s mission is to restore, protect and maintain a healthy riparian ecosystem in Utah’s Colorado River Watershed. All members of the Partnership are committed to information sharing, networking, and collaborative interdisciplinary action in research, planning, monitoring and on the ground project implementation.
The Partnership works on riparian and riverside lands adjacent to the Colorado River, its major tributaries, and washes in Grand and San Juan Counties of Utah. Partners work to restore areas impacted by several invasive plants including tamarisk, Russian olive, Ravenna grass and Russian knapweed. These introduced species out-compete native plants, often leading to diminished habitat, incised banks, simplified river channels and increased fire danger. In recent years the Partnership has also begun to address impacts of rapidly increasing recreational use in these riparian areas. The collaboration and commitment from both private and public entities involved in the SEURP is unique and allows for success on projects that would otherwise be difficult to accomplish.
The Partnership’s main activities include:
- Providing a forum for interagency collaboration, coordination and communication.
- Engaging local community members and visitors in restoration work in riparian areas through educational opportunities and volunteer events.
- Managing various projects to treat invasive species at prioritized sites. Visit https://wri.utah.gov/wri/project/title.html?id=4009 and https://wri.utah.gov/wri/project/title.html?id=4374
- Facilitating revegetation with native plants where needed.
- Monitoring project success: vegetation response to large scale invasive removal to beetle activity over the past ten years. Members of the Partnership maintains one of the longest running data sets in the nation on the distribution and impacts of the tamarisk leaf beetle, a biocontrol used for tamarisk management.
Participating Non-Profit Organizations
Plateau Restoration, Inc.
Rim to Rim Restoration
Canyonlands Field Institute
Grand Canyon Trust
RiversEdge West (formerly Tamarisk Coalition)
The Nature Conservancy
Bureau of Land Management
Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands
City of Moab
Grand County Weed Department
San Juan County
Grand Conservation District
National Park Service
U.S. Geological Survey
Town of Castle Valley
Utah Department of Transportation
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration
Utah State University Extension