Town of Palisade Awarded GOCO Conservation Service Corps Funding for Invasive Species Removal at Riverbend Park 

February 4th, 2021


Rica Fulton
Restoration Coordinator, RiversEdge West

Town of Palisade Awarded 2021 GOCO Conservation Service Corps Funding for Invasive Species Removal at Riverbend Park 
The Town of Palisade, in partnership with RiversEdge West, has been awarded $20,900 for Western Colorado Conservation Corps to remove Russian olive and tamarisk at Riverbend Park. This funding will help build on past restoration work in the park that removes invasive vegetation to improve habitat along the Colorado River, improve river access and aesthetics for recreation, reduce the risk of fire, and increase the presence of native vegetation.
Funds awarded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), which receives a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds, to the Colorado Youth Corps Association for use by accredited conservation service corps. The goal of the program is to employ youth and young adults throughout the state on critical outdoor recreation and land conservation projects in partnership with local governments and open space agencies.
This project is a part of the Desert Rivers Collaborative (DRC), a coalition of federal, state, county, and municipal governments; non-profits, and individuals who conduct riparian restoration along the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers in Mesa and Delta Counties. The DRC was founded by RiversEdge West in 2021 and allows partners to share resources and lessons learned, work together on funding opportunities, and provide a coordinated and watershed-scale platform for restoration. 

RiversEdge West's

mission is to advance the restoration of riparian lands through collaboration, education, and technical assistance.