Restoring the Landscapes
of the Colorado Plateau
Rim to Rim Restoration is a non profit organization dedicated to the reestablishment of native vegetation for the benefit of wildlife, recreation and support of sustainable watersheds in the Moab area. Rim to Rim does this work in partnership with organizations such as the Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Forestry Fire and State Lands, the Youth Garden Project and many other nonprofit organizations. Rim to Rim performs large scale invasive removal and revegetation projects, as well as a vegetation oriented response to weed removal treatments. The project focus is on areas where funding is rarely available through traditional means and must be sought through grants and gifts.
Much of our work has been funded by organizations such as the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Utah Partners in Conservation and Development, as well as private donations from local are residents. Most of our projects require matching funds and volunteer assistance with project implementation, which has broadened our base of support in SE Utah. The volunteer opportunities provide ways to help build community while improving the safety and condition of some of the most used public land in Moab.
In the past Rim to Rim has worked with the Teen Summer Work Program to remove russian olives in Mill Creek Canyon. While involved in this program over the course of several summers, Rim to Rim and local youth mapped native and invasive plants in the cayon, protected cottonwood trees from beavers and successfully removed over 200 russian olives. While the Teen Summer Work Program has shifted focus to other projects, our work alongother portions of the creek continues to offer opportunities for youth and adults in Moab to work together in a tangible manner.
More recently Rim to Rim has worked along the Mill Creek bike path in Moab removing invasive tree species and replanting with native trees and shrubs. This effort has been focused on reducing fire risks and improving habitat in this important riparian corridor. In 2009 and 2010 include native tree planting and tamarisk/Russian olive removal work for the Bureau of Land Management, and a coordinated effort to begin tamarisk and Russian olive removal along Pack Creek in Moab partnering with Utah Forestry Fire and State Lands.
Making use of a pruning saw:
Sometimes we experiment with human wind erosion wattles:
Check out our powerpoint presentation on some of our summer projects working with local youth.
For more information about our work, please visit some of the links in the main menu. These will be updated as often as possible. We also have a Picasa site with galleries that may show new work not yet on our website; click here to go directly to that site.