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.


SE Utah Partnership



The Partnership works on riparian and riverside lands adjacent to the Colorado River, and 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 opportunties and volunteer events

  • Managing various projects to treat invasive species at prioritized sites

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  • 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. 

Meeting notes and other information is available at RiversEdge West

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Rim to Rim Restoration (RRR) is a non-profit in Moab, Utah dedicated to the reestablishment of native vegetation for the benefit of wildlife, recreation opportunities and to support maintaining sustainable watersheds in the Upper Colorado Plateau.  Rim to Rim helps build community and facilitate regeneration of native plants through collaboration with local land managers, government agencies, non-profit organizations and community members on projects focused on improving conditions in high use areas in SE Utah and learning from the plants we grow for these projects.


To foster awareness and motivation for ecological restoration and responsibility in the Moab area to reestablish native vegetation for the benefit of wildlife, recreation and a sustainable watershed.


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