Coordinating & Supporting Partnerships

RiversEdge West leads four restoration partnerships as well as supports numerous other community-based partnerships across the West. We do so by providing technical advice, organizational and fundraising capacity, strategic planning support, facilitation, and practitioner education.  
One common thread among these partnerships is the focus on revitalizing vegetation along the river’s edge. We bolster these partnerships by helping to build their organizational and fundraising capacity for the long-haul, and by providing technical and scientific information that helps them succeed on the ground.

Where we work:

RiversEdge West leads three riparian restoration partnerships that are interrupting invasive plant infestation trends and returning riparian corridors to diverse and resilient ecosystems:


The Desert Rivers Collaborative encompasses portions of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers in western Colorado
The White River Partnership focuses on the White River through northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado


The Dolores River Restoration Partnership spans 170 miles of the Dolores River in Colorado and Utah
RiversEdge West also supports the following partnerships:


We believe riparian restoration must be accomplished with respect for biodiversity and ecosystem integrity, existing water laws, property rights, cultural and social values, and livelihoods. To that end, we encourage the building and augmenting of one-to-one relationships, collaboration, and support the creation of collaborative, landscape-scale partnerships. Our work with partnerships requires effective social processes that involve on-the-ground and scientific knowledge, resources, and collective contributions from many different interests, organizations, and individuals. We respect the values and perspectives of everyone we work with and support restoration activities that fit community and land management needs. 

Why Collaborate?

Below are some of the many benefits to collaborative restoration approaches, as summarized by the members of the Northwest Colorado Riparian Restoration Partnership.
  • Provides an opportunity for a diverse set of stakeholders to have a common focus on riparian impacts such as tamarisk and Russian olive
  • Allows for communication and consideration of multiple resource concerns affecting riparian management to enhance decision making and project approaches
  • Creates a venue for informal and structured communication, connection, and networking between both public and private land managers over multiple resource concerns
  • Provides an opportunity for learning from peers and experts
  • Partnership meetings and tracking of accomplishments help to maintain momentum on riparian restoration projects that can seem overwhelming at a watershed scale
  • Provides a catalyst to get projects going or continue projects that have stalled out
  • Provides a mechanism for informing community members and elected officials of the state of the riparian areas in the region and need to protect or enhance them 
Find out more about the many Partnerships We Coordinate and Partnerships We Support.
"RiversEdge West is a very effective organization. As a consultant working in the natural resource field, my opinion is that they are top-notch! Their staff is extremely caring and competent, and they work well with scores and scores of non-profits, businesses, governments, and other stakeholders. Specifically, their work with the Dolores River Restoration Partnership is notable and is helping to restore an entire river corridor to a more natural, healthy status." 
-Marsha Porter-Norton, Private Consultant for the Dolores River Restoration Partnership

RiversEdge West's

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



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