Borderlands Restoration began around 2012 as a collaborative partnership between the Biophilia Foundation and the Cuenca los Ojos Foundation, both 501c3 organizations dedicated to protecting and restoring biological diversity. In the short time since it began, BR has developed active collaborations with many other partner organizations concerned about people and wildlife in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands region.
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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: The mission of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.
Borderlands and the Desert Museum participate in ongoing pollination syndrome research and horticulture information sharing activities.
Arizona State Forestry: The Arizona State Forestry Division provides resources for the prevention and suppression of wildland fire on State Trust Land and private property located outside incorporated communities. The agency provides services for fire prevention, urban and community forestry, forest stewardship, forest health, utilization and marketing, and has a wide variety of grants available. AZ State Forestry created the SE AZ natural resources planning committee, after received funding from the State of Arizona and the US Forest Service to identify and implement priority projects that are consistent with one or more of the State’s Forest Action Plan priorities of watershed improvement, wildlife habitat enhancement, invasive plants, fuel reduction, watershed conservation, land stewardship, and/or urban forestry.
The Audubon Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch: The mission of The Audubon Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society is to formulate, test, and demonstrate methods to rehabilitate and safeguard the bioregion. They work to provide assistance to citizens and policy-makers in the protection and stewardship of our native ecosystems, natural resources, and quality of life.
Because the Research Ranch has been un-grazed for 30 years, it is a unique baseline in the desert grasslands for learning and information dissemination. Borderlands is currently performing grassland surveys on the Research Ranch, which is a project now being repeated for the third time since the 1970s. Through this survey, we are looking at changes in forage availability for grassland sparrows.
Biophilia Foundation: The primary mission of the Biophilia Foundation is to support efforts that protect, restore, enhance, and preserve wildlife habitat for all species of native plants and animals.
Biophilia funded native plant propagation efforts and general overhead during Borderlands’ early developing stages. The Foundation was instrumental in supporting early baseline work on pollinator/plant/climate interactions and earthworks on three sites in the Patagonia area–Deep Dirt Farm Institute, The Nature Conservancy’s Sonoita Creek Preserve, and along Harshaw Creek, home of Hummingbird Monitoring Network. These efforts provide ready research and demonstration sites for the community and for the region.
BioR aims to reconstruct habitats for biodiversity. Reconstruction of habitats is needed to prevent on-going declines and losses of plant and animal species, and also reduces our ecological footprint. All of this work must be done with a focus on intergenerational ownership The bioR team works out of Australia and is one of Borderlands Restoration L3C’s most valued across-seas partners.
Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge is a place where you can enjoy a landscape like few others – where sparrows flock in winter, antelope play, and the valley bottom is once again the sea of grass that greeted early settlers. Additions to the refuge since 1985 protect valuable wetland and riparian habitats at Arivaca Creek, Arivaca Cienega, and Brown Canyon. This combination of grasslands, wetlands, cottonwood-lined streambeds, and sycamore and live oak mountain canyons preserve some of the southwest’s rarest habitats used by seven endangered species, ten species of concern, and many other native pants and wildlife.
Borderlands and Buenos Aires NWR are currently planning a large-scale fire effects experiment to test restoration technique effectiveness and to support a spin-off of the restoration economy in the Arivaca community and beyond.
Bureau of Land Management may best be described as a small agency with a big mission: To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Borderlands is working with the BLM to develop the Madrean Archipelago Native Plant Propagation Center (MAPP). The MAPP center is an interagency effort that tracks plant propagation information from seed collection to propagation techniques to effective restoration strategies. This includes the development of the Borderlands restoration database, a range of seed increaser and research plots, and greenhouse facilities development that has to date, produced over 20,000 plants.
Cuenca los Ojos: The Cuenca Los Ojos Foundation works to preserve and restore the biodiversity of the borderland region between the United States and Mexico through land protection, habitat restoration and wildlife reintroduction.
Borderlands was inspired by Cuenca’s work in bringing rivers back, and we now collaborate on restoration efforts of land-based lifestyles be that plant, animal, or human. Through stabilizing natural processes, increasing biodiversity, and developing innovative economic activities like sustainable harvest of timber, agaves, or quails, together we Cuenca & BR are working to increase the capacity of communities to make a living off the land in the Borderlands region – north & south of la frontera.
Deep Dirt Farm Institute: The Institute’s mission is to develop local food and native plant propagation systems through hands-on learning, by cultivating soil, crops, life skills and community through applied common sense, creative curiosity, and artistic expression.
DDFI is one of Borderland’s main interpretive and inspiration centers: acting as a showcase for pollinator gardens, environmental science, and restoration techniques that gives people of all ages an opportunity for hands-on restoration in an environment that takes all living creatures into account. DDFI also grows plants for the MAPP center and houses mother plants used for restoration.
Fish and Wildlife Service Partner’s Program has a mission to efficiently achieve voluntary habitat restoration on private lands, through financial and technical assistance, for the benefit of Federal Trust Species. The FWS Partners program is a unique effort within FWS that supports habitat improvements on private land, filling an important niche that many other funding sources and agencies cannot.
Borderlands currently has two projects underway through this program, one that restores a pond for use as an endangered species refuge; another will incorporate erosion control work, monitoring, and native pollinator plants.
Fort Huachuca is of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Army Signal Command. Located in Cochise County, in southeast Arizona, about 15 miles north of the border with Mexico.
Borderlands’ works with Fort Huachuca on shared boundaries and restoration goals in association with the Walton Family Foundation/Babocomari Ranch, Audubon Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch work through National Fish & Wildlife Foundation support, and restoration planning along the San Pedro River in coordination with Friends of San Pedro and the BLM. The geography of land management and use in the region presents challenges to collaborative restoration, but also opportunities to act across social and jurisdictional boundaries in shared watersheds.
Friends of Sonoita Creek: Friends of Sonoita Creek is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of southern Arizona’s Sonoita Creek and its watershed.
This Patagonia-based organization has supplied original seed money to Borderlands for purchase of the tools necessary to kick-off restoration efforts in the Patagonia community. We also work together to protect the Sonoita Creek Watershed.
Friends of the San Pedro River ,founded in 1987, is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of the river through advocacy, education, and interpretation.
Borderlands has begun working with Friends of the San Pedro and BLM on severe erosion, river protection, and groundwater recharge efforts. Friends remains a reliable source for research coordination and volunteers whose work is vital to caring for shared resources.
G.A.R.D.E.N Inc, Growing Alternative Resource Development and Enterprise Network, is a community connector that grows fundraising, development, planning, sponsorship and project management services for organizations and individuals in the arenas of arts and culture, energy and environment, education and healing.
Borderlands uses GARDEN Inc’s fiscal sponsor capacity to help fund our BECY institute as well as other programs. We are full of gratitude for President, Susan Silverman’s ability to respond quickly and solve complex funding issues. GARDEN Inc is definitely fulfilling its aim to support and connect people, and has helped BECY achieve a sustainable future.
Hummingbird Monitoring Network: The Hummingbird Monitoring Network is a science-based, project-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of hummingbird diversity and abundance throughout the Americas.
Borderlands works with HMN in various capacities. The HMN headquarters is the site of restoration efforts, where we have installed erosion structures and planted hummingbird plants. BR also utilizes HMN’s research to analyze the effectiveness of native plant restoration efforts at 4 restoration sites. Through our collaboration, we are developing climate change models affecting hummingbirds & pollinator plants.
Monarch Watch strives to provide the public with information about the biology of monarch butterflies, their spectacular migration, and how to use monarchs to further science education in primary and secondary schools. We engage in research on monarch migration biology and monarch population dynamics to better understand how to conserve the monarch migration. We also promote protection of monarch habitats throughout North America.
Borderlands teamed up with Southwest Monarch Watch to grow out Asclepias or Milkweeds, which are plants crucial to the lifecyle of these important butterflies. To date, this effort is the largest one in the country!
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Since our creation by Congress in 1984, NFWF has become one of the world’s largest conservation grant-makers. We work with both the public and private sectors to protect and restore our nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats.
National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.
Borderlands & NPS are working together to develop a consistent supply of restoration native plant materials for the Southeast Arizona Parks.
Native Seed/SEARCH is a nonprofit organization working to strengthen food security in the Greater Southwest by conserving our region’s unique crop diversity and teaching others to do the same.
Borderland’s and Native Seed/SEARCH have joined forces on their conservation farm in Patagonia. The farm is a site for the majority of the MAPP Center greenhouse and native plant propagation efforts. We work together to conserve diversity in the food systems of humans & other species in an effort to better support us all.
The Nature Conservancy’s Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve: protects Earth’s natural resources and beauty. Their Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve is renowned for its outstanding scenic beauty and the diversity of its plant and animal life.
Borderlands works with TNC on a number of projects. The Preserve on Sonoita Creek is the site for native plant research, materials collection, and restoration. We also team up with TNC’s wet/dry mapping efforts each year in an effort to map surface water along the San Pedro River. BR is doing watershed restoration to a major tributary of the San Pedro, and through this mapping, we hope to see the effects of our efforts on this critical watershed.
Patagonia Area Business Association is comprised of business, non-profits, and individuals who have a vested interest in promoting the Mountain Empire Communities of Patagonia, Sonoita and Elgin. BR is a proud supporter of this organization. Check out the website to learn more about what is happening in this vibrant region.
Revitalist Botanicals is a locally-owned & operated business in Patagonia focusing on bioregional plant medicines of the American Southwest gathered in correspondence with restoration/land management efforts; healing both land and people. Revivalist Botanicals hosts regular invasive plant medicinal workshops through Borderlands. For more information, contact RevitalistBotanicals(at)gmail (dot) com
Sky Island Alliance: is a bi-national conservation organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the rich natural heritage of native species and habitats in the Sky Island region of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.
Borderlands and Sky Island Alliance collaborate on restoration activities across the Borderlands Region. In 2014, Borderlands and Sky Island Alliance worked together to fence an important spring run and collected baseline vegetation structure information that will enhance the impact of watershed restoration activities on the Babocomari River. Other projects include installation of pre and post-fire erosion control structures in the Chiricahua Mountains. Sky Island Alliance relies on Borderlands Restoration for quality, pesticide-free native plant materials to be used in a variety of projects. Our collaboration allows us to share resources and expertise in an effort to increase the capacity of this important work.
Seeds of Success is the national native seed collection program, led by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in partnership with a variety of federal agencies and non-federal organizations. SOS’s mission is to collect wildland native seed for research, development, germplasm conservation, and ecosystem restoration.
Borderlands is working with the BLM Seeds of Success program to broaden seed collection capacity in the Madrean Archipelago bioregion. These collection efforts now cover USFS, FWS, BLM, and private lands.
Tucson Audubon Society inspires people to enjoy and protect birds through recreation, education, conservation, and restoration of the environment upon which we all depend. We work for a future in which the people of southeast Arizona are connected to their natural world through birds, and they protect and use our natural resources in a responsible and sustainable manner.
Borderlands Restoration is proud to partner with Tucson Audubon Society to support youth restoration programming with the Borderlands Earth Care Youth Institute as well as myriad other restoration opportunities in the region.
University of Arizona Southwest Center: A research unit of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences of the University of Arizona, the Southwest Center has a threefold mission: to sponsor and facilitate research on the Greater Southwest, to publish exemplary work growing from that research, and to act in service to citizens of the region through programs of teaching and outreach.
The Center has supported restoration in the borderlands region through BR’s executive director since 2005, and continues to mentor students and researchers through the work of Drs. Maribel Alvarez, Gary Nabhan, and Tom Sheridan.
USDA National Resource Conservation Service draws on a long history of helping people help the land. For more than 75 years, NRCS and its predecessor agencies have worked in close partnerships with farmers and ranchers, local and state governments, and other federal agencies to maintain healthy and productive working landscapes. Formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service and formed in direct response to Dust Bowl-era soil loss tragedies, NRCS and its Natural Resource Conservation District sub-groups seek solutions to habitat degradation problems that affect farmers, ranchers, and wildlife.
BR is active in NRCS work today, and they have begun collaborating on a comprehensive landscape-scale management and action plan that would direct restoration activities on threatened ranches and livelihoods in the entire Sonoita Plains region.
US Geological Survey is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.
Borderlands & USGS are working together to research the effectiveness of erosion-control structures installed across landscapes. The research looks at ground water recharge, sediment detention, soil moisture, and vegetation change. Using advanced technologies like LiDar and remote sensing, USGS is helping Borderlands push the boundaries of knowledge for hydrological restoration techniques in the arid Southwest.
US Forest Service mission is captured by the phrase “Caring for the Land and Serving People.” Our mission, as set forth by law, is to achieve quality land management under the sustainable multiple-use management concept to meet the diverse needs of people.
Borderlands & USFS are creating a Collaborative Agreement that will engage br personnel and restoration approaches in ways that support the health of our national forests–seed collection and research, degraded lands mitigation, youth education and training.
Waterock, L3c, whose water harvesting objectives are focused primarily on tribal lands, involves community leaders in erosion control procedures. Workshops lead to inter-generationalcommunity participation in the construction of water detention, and diversion structures, resulting in the control of erosion of stream and river beds otherwise caused by the rapid flow of rain and snow melt run-off.
Waterock has hired David Seibert, BR’s Executive Director, as a project manager for tribal restoration projects. They are happy to have his, “remarkable 20 year, ecological restoration work experience including “sacred site restoration” for the Hopi Tribe, and hydrology based erosion control for the Navajo Nation, Southern Paiute and Zuni Tribes.”
Windsong Peace & Leadership Center/Me to We, is an innovative social enterprise that provides people with better choices for a better world. Windsong offers leadership programs that encourages young people to explore social issues they are passionate about, equips students with transferable skills to build confidence and inspire their peers, and empowers students to commit to making a meaningful impact both locally and globally.
Based just outside Patagonia, Windsong seeks the expertise and experience of the Borderlands Team to teach and inspire students to be environmentally conscience through seed collection, earthwork construction, hands-on days at Deep Dirt Farm, or discussions of social and environmental justice at the Wildlife Corridors property. BR’s BECY institute uses Windsong’s expertise in facilitation to encourage, equip & empower our local interns during their renowned Take Action Leadership Camp.