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Our Mission

RiversEdge West advances the restoration of riparian lands through education, collaboration, and technical assistance.
We accomplish this by:
  • Replacing invasive plants with native plant species along thousands of riverside acres across the Southwest.
  • Educating thousands of community members and youth to foster long-term river stewardship 
  • Training river restoration professionals through our training series and annual conference – including education and outreach about the tamarisk beetle
  • Researching and developing new restoration techniques to effectively restore riparian ecosystems


Our Vision

RiversEdge West envisions a network of healthy riparian ecosystems throughout the American West. 

Who We Are

RiversEdge West (formerly Tamarisk Coalition) was founded in 1999. RiversEdge West focuses on riparian (riverside) forest and floodplain health in the American West to address impacts from invasive riparian plants such as Russian olive and tamarisk, challenges associated with climate change and habitat fragmentation, and stressors that may result in diminished biodiversity and ecosystem services.
RiversEdge West provides credible information on the best practices and technical aspects of restoration (e.g., techniques for managing invasive riparian plants and re-establishing natives). RiversEdge West also specializes in fostering leadership by bringing diverse stakeholders together across boundaries to coordinate the restoration of riparian lands. This is accomplished by helping practitioners assemble resources (e.g., gathering information, securing funding, raising public awareness) to better understand and navigate restoration challenges and succeed in the sustained recovery of affected river systems.
To learn more about the impacts of invasive plants and why we work to restore rivers, click here or watch our outreach webinar.

Strategic Plan

Read our 2022-2024 Strategic Plan to learn more about our values, goals, strategies, and operating principles.  


What Next? 

Partner Testimonial

"Our relationship with RiversEdge West (formerly Tamarisk Coalition) has allowed Colorado Parks and Wildlife to more effectively meet our mission of improving the wildlife habitat within the state.  The networking and training opportunities provided by the RiversEdge West allow us to leverage intellectual and financial resources to improve habitat along the Colorado River.  As a group, we are able to accomplish more than we could as individuals."
- Pete Firmin; Park Manager-James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park

RiversEdge West's

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



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