In the Southwest, a healthy Colorado River Basin means healthy economies and strong communities. The Tamarisk Coalition is a Colorado-based nonprofit dedicated to restoring riverside habitats throughout the western U.S. Since 2008, the Walton Family Foundation has supported the Coalition’s efforts to remove invasive species of plants along the river and promote the growth of native plant life.
The foundation is currently assisting the Tamarisk Coalition in its work to provide land managers with education and technical resources in their efforts to repair and restore the riverside habitats of four major rivers in the Southwest: the Dolores River, the Escalante River, the Virgin River, and the Verde River. The foundation is also helping the group to analyze and better understand the costs of riverside restoration so that private land owners and public land managers can more accurately budget and plan their environmental restoration work.
Additionally, support from the foundation helps the Tamarisk Coalition to serve as a convening force within the restoration field, bringing together resource management agencies, watershed partnerships and other restoration organizations to find ways to build relationships and collaborate on effective, efficient methods for restoring the Colorado River Basin.
Working together, these groups can develop conservation solutions that help the riverside habitats and local communities prosper. That is why the Walton Family Foundation is committed to helping the Tamarisk Coalition keep riverside habitats – and the animals, people and economies that depend on them – thriving.