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The 4River Fund is a trust seeded with a $1 Million contribution from the Walton Family Foundation. Annual grants maintain ecological restoration gains made on the Verde, Dolores, Gila, and Escalante Rivers in Arizona, Colorado, and Utah.
Friends of the Verde River runs the Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition. This year, both will work to maintain control of tamarisk, tree of heaven, giant reed, and Russian olive along two miles of Oak Creek. The work will create conditions to support cottonwood and willow habitat, which is important to migratory birds and the local community. The work creates jobs and provides training for military veterans and conservation corp members.
Gila River Restoration Partnership transforms river sections choked with invasive tamarisk trees into diverse forests where native plant and animal species thrive, like the Southwest Willow Flycatcher. This year, they will maintain an irrigation system on 30 acres to ensure that recent native plantings will survive. They will also remove secondary weed species on 50 acres.
Grand Staircase Escalante Partners is a member of the Escalante River Watershed Partnership. They work together to continue cutting and treating Russian olive trees where they were previously removed, covering between 1,500 to 2,000 acres annually. They also monitor a third of the watershed each year for emerging weed issues and to see how native habitat is responding to the past treatments.
RiversEdge West is a member of the Dolores River Restoration Partnership. The partnership works to maintain 1,882 acres along the Dolores River where they have removed invasive tamarisk trees. The work to remove secondary weeds and establish native plants will improve habitat, stream health, and protect the $10 Million invested in the river over the last decade.
Our Community Grant Program funds projects working to connect communities to healthy rivers by improving either access or river health.