The aquatic, riparian and wetland resources in the Rocky Mountain Region constitute a rare and extremely important set of resources. The water component of these ecosystems is extremely valuable from a physical, biological, and social standpoint. In order to manage these resources in a responsible manner, it is imperative that we understand how these ecosystems function, what the impacts to them are, and their distribution across the landscape.
The GMUG and San Juan National Forests in southwest Colorado are currently finishing assessments for that portion of the state and will be added to this web page shortly.
Presentations on topics related to the ARWA have been presented by David Winters and Dennis Staley and several professional Society meetings and numerous Forest Service and other agency meetings. Currently, three graduate students are incorporating the results of this project into their studies to validate assumptions associated with the ARW model.
While considerable interest has been expressed both within Region 2 and several other regions of the Forest Service to continue this process, budget limitations may not allow for the continuation of this project.