Gila Watershed News - February 2017
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Registration is Open!

Cross Watershed Network - 2017 Workshop

Join us in Thatcher, AZ on March 21-22 for the fourth annual XWN Workshop hosted by the Gila Watershed Partnership and the Cross Watershed Network. Prepare to exchange lessons with your peers on a variety of technical and programmatic watershed management topics suggested by you and your peers. Register today!

U.S. Forest Service Recreation Program

Restructuring for Sustainability

Stephanie Emery, Safford Ranger Dirstrict

The Coronado National Forest is exploring strategies for managing developed recreation sites. The combination of allocated dollars and fee revenues do not provide sufficient funds to operate and maintain existing developed recreation sites to the standards expected by the public and the National Forest Service. Fees have not increased on the Coronado National Forest in nearly 20 years, yet visitor use and costs have increased, and many facilities are failing. Options include reducing services, removing facilities, closing sites, turning operation of some sites to concessionaires or partners, or raising fees.
USFS Recreation Sites
During the next Gila Watershed Partnership meeting on February 8th, the Forest Service will engage the public about what option the Coronado National Forest will head towards to operate developed recreation sites in a sustainable way. This is the public's opportunity to have an input in restructuring the Forest Service’s facilities, site maintenance, fee program and more on the Coronado National Forest.

Upper Gila River Restoration

Gila Watershed Partnership Program Update

GWP has been working to restore native riparian areas along portions of the Gila River in Arizona since early 2015. In 2016, work was completed on over 50 acres from Pima down to Geronimo. Permits were also expanded so we can continue this important work on more sites in 2017. 
Just last week youth crews from Arizona Conservation Corps started for the winter/spring season doing chain saw work removing invasive tamarisk. This group of young adults will earn scholarships at the end of their service term to apply towards higher education or paying off student loans. AZCC and GWP worked together to recruit three local corpsmembers from the Graham County area. This is just one more way GWP is giving back to our local community!
AZCC Corpsmember
Chainsaw crew member on site along Gila River.
Photo: J Leary 2017

We're Hiring!

Gila Native Plant Nursery

Nursery Manager

The Gila Watershed Partnership is looking for new leadership at their native plant nursery. The Gila Native Plant Nursery is seeking a Nursery Manager to manage a collaborative effort between the Bureau of Land Management, Eastern Arizona College, and the Gila Watershed Partnership to supply native plants to southeastern Arizona restoration projects. Based in Safford, this is an exciting opportunity to restore native plant communities across a watershed and work with multiple stakeholders to provide high-quality, restoration-grade plant materials for a wide variety of project partners. Go to to apply. Deadline February 15th, 2017.
wild flower

Prehistoric Canals of the Safford Basin

Sand Canal Field Notes

Don Lancaster and Dr. James Neely

Sand 6 Hanging Canal
The Sand Bajada Hanging Canal is number SEVENTY SIX on our list of study candidates. It is extremely interesting and fairly easy to explore. But, as with previous canals, it presently is raising far more questions than it resolved.

To get involved contact:, (928) 428-4073

Watershed Events

February 8th - GWP Monthly Meeting - Coronado National Forest Recreation Program Update, Graham County General Services 7-9 PM

February 8th - 7th Annual Farm, Home, and Ranch Day at Graham County Fair Grounds 8:30am-2:00pm

February 7-9th - Tamarisk Coalition Annual Meeting, Fort Collins, CO 

February 11th - Home Irrigation Workshop (10am-2pm) at Duncan Elementary School. Email to register

February 11th - Rose Growing Workshop (3-4:30pm) at 917 Bourgeous Lane, Duncan AZ. Email to register

March 4th - San Francisco River Clean Up - Meet at Ramada in Clifton RV Park 8:30am-1:30pm

March 21-22nd - Cross Watershed Network Workshop, Safford, AZ. Click here to register today! 

March 24-26th -
Trout Unlimited Fishing Trip at Cluff Ranch. RSVP required

April 5-8th - Water Harvesting for Dryland Farming: Earthworks For Resiliency in an Era of Drought. Hyder, AZ

GWP has weekly volunteer opportunities at the Gila Native Plant Nursery - Discovery Park in Safford. Monday 1-4 & Thursday 8-11. Email to get involed.


You can help us continue the important work we do in Graham & Greenlee Counties in 2017; all it takes is a small donation.


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AZ Dept. of Agriculture  
AZ Dept. of Environmental Quality
AZ Dept. of Transportation 
AZ Game and Fish Department 
AZ State Land Department 
City of Safford 
Eastern Arizona College
Farm Bureau
Freeport-McMoRan Inc. 
Gila Valley Irrigation District 
Gila Valley NRCD 
Graham County 
Graham County Chamber of Commerce
Greenlee County
Greenlee County Cattle Growers
Natural Resource Conservation Service
Southwest Decision Resources
Tamarisk Coalition
Town of Clifton
Town of Duncan
Town of Pima
Town of Thatcher
United Way of Graham County
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service –
Apache-Sitgreaves & Coronado
U of A Cooperative Extension
U of A Water Resource Research Center
Walton Family Foundation
And many Community Members
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