Private Lands

Riparian areas are plant communities adjacent to and affected by surface and underground hydrologic features of perennial or intermittent water bodies [FWS definition]
 
Does your property have a creek, drainage, wash, or river running through it?  You probably have a riparian area.  These areas are very important habitat for terrestrial and aquatic organisms, maintaining water quality, and a multitude of other reasons.  Want to see if you have a wetland or riparian area on your property?  Check out this US Fish and Wildlife Service Wetlands Mapper!
 
RiversEdge West employs a Private Lands Biologist through a partnership with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Private landowner participation in restoration projects is vital to connecting habitat and expanding the reach of projects. 
 
Technical Assistance
Landowners or land managers can work with the NRCS to develop a conservation plan for their properties.  A conservation plan details alternative conservation practices to address resource concerns on your property and achieve your goals and objectives.. These alternative practices are designed with the latest scientific research and engineering to provide long-lasting, sustainable solutions to your resource concerns. NRCS has access to all topic-area experts to ensure your conservation plan is scientifically accurate and feasible to implement.  NRCS technical assistance and planning is provided free of charge.  Read more about Conservation Technical Assistance by clicking the link below.
 
The RiversEdge West/NRCS Private Lands Biologist will specifically work with you on conservation plans for any riparian or wetland property to create or enhance wildlife habitat, reduce erosion, or any other resource concerns affecting the wetland habitat.  Conservation plans begin with identifying goals, objectives, and resource concerns.  Next, an inventory is conducted to evaluate the current status of the resources.  This information will inform alternative practices that will make up the conservation plan.
 
Financial Assistance
To incentivize private landowner participation, the Private Lands Biologist will help individuals navigate federal funding opportunities. Below are a few of the funding programs offered through NRCS for agricultural producers:
 
These financial assistance programs each have their own funding cycles and eligibility requirements.  Contact the RiversEdge West Private Lands Biologist to discuss program deadlines and eligibility requirements.
 
Grant Projects
RiversEdge West assists in funding and management of restoration projects throughout the Colorado River Basin. Though they do not usually have pools of funds on hand for private lands projects, they do seek to include private lands in their landscape and watershed-scale restoration projects. Join the list of interested private landowners to be included in the next riparian restoration grant-funded project in your area. Funding can be opportunistic and pop up quickly, so having a conservation plan already in progress will allow you to more easily take advantage of funding opportunities when they arise. 

Bridging the Gap

Private landowners with riparian corridors face similar habitat concerns as public entities and land managers, but the goals and desired outcomes can be very different. By designing alternative practices addressing the concerns of private landowners in riparian areas in Western Colorado, RiversEdge West hopes to bridge the gap in technical and financial assistanct to bring restoration and conservation to private properties.
 
For more information, please contact the Private Lands Biologist at RiversEdge West:
 
970.361.3776
 
 

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

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