Mission

Sonoita Creek Watershed. Photo: Steve Buckley

Sonoita Creek Watershed. Photo: Steve Buckley

Our goal is to reconnect wildlife, land, and people in the Arizona/Sonora Borderland region by involving people in restoring the ecosystem on which we depend.

Restoring functional physical landscape processes, growing and planting native plants, and supporting springs and pollinators are just some of the vital activities in our work, but they remain incomplete without a third essential step: forging and maintaining bonds between people and the natural world, and providing opportunities for each to flourish in tandem. We are convinced that habitat restoration is not sustainable unless local citizens understand the benefits received from the work, and actively participate in restoring ecosystems and ecosystem services in their own communities. Through this approach, we have simultaneously demonstrated that a “restoration economy”—a cultivated network of relationships whereby people gain skills and the capacity to make their livings by caring for place—is both feasible and, today, necessary if we are collectively to surmount public/private and other divides in the face of shared threats to the ecosystems on which lives and livelihoods depend.

Native plants & erosion structures.

Interns with the Hummingbird Monitoring Network help plant pollinator plants at El Coronado Ranch site in the Chiracahua Mountains. The erosion structures were placed over a period of 30 years by the Austin’s at their El Coronado Ranch. These efforts have revitalized a dry stream & supported biodiversity.

Caleb showing 1500 seed balls, made by participants at the Grasslands Fair at Buenas Aires National Wildlife Refuge. The balls contain a variety of native grass and succulent seeds that will be used for restoration purposes.

1500 seed balls, made by participants at the Grasslands Fair at Buenas Aires National Wildlife Refuge. The balls contain a variety of native grass and succulent seeds that will be used for restoration purposes.

CHILIN seeds

Chilopsis Linearis seeds collected in collaboration with Seeds of Success.

  • Our Mission

    The mission of Borderlands Restoration is to reconnect wildlife, land, and people in the Arizona/Sonora Borderland region by involving people in restoring the ecosystem on which we depend.

  • Contact

    PO Box 1191
    299 McKeown Ave, Suite #3
    Patagonia, AZ 85624

    (520) 216-4148