Letter from the Director – Fall/Winter 2015
The past several months have found Borderlands Restoration staff and partners busier than ever before. We continue to work through existing and new grants and contracts on our priority focal areas–ecosystem process remediation, native plant collection and propagation for restoration projects, and strong community involvement and training through our work. These activities have positioned us to maintain and expand an ever-growing restoration network of sites and partners. Emerging relationships now include an effort with UA Cooperative Extension and AZ State Forestry on erosion control and pollinator gardening in Sierra Vista, and the first grant to the newly protected wildlife corridor outside Patagonia, spearheaded by our sister organization Wildlife Corridors LLC, to conduct erosion control and plant 1,000 pollinator-supporting plants.
We have also received a renewal on a long-standing Walton Family Foundation grant to research the restoration economy and how our erosion control work can contribute to groundwater recharge and the stabilization of the San Pedro River and its surrounding watershed. Borderlands and partners including AZ State Parks, The Nature Conservancy, the Town of Patagonia and Wildlife Corridors recently submitted a major proposal for two years of watershed survey and restoration work on Sonoita Creek in the vicinity of Patagonia. Another representative proposal for enhanced pollinator plant work and community-building would bring us closer to the border and even into Mexico, where we will have the opportunity to build on past riparian work that saw its funding and community support dry up. Work here will support local labor and materials producers, riparian vegetation, and migratory birds that also utilize the Patagonia area as a vital node in their own network because the area has been supported and cared for locally. This is our collective charge and one that cannot even be contemplated in the absence of myriad forms of support, like yours! 2016 is shaping up to have more opportunities than ever for you to participate in our work in a number of different ways: learning, volunteering, and giving just to name a few. Be sure to keep an eye on our website
page for the most up to date information.
Thank you for all that you do.
Executive Director, Borderlands Restoration L3C