Riparian and Aquatic Ecosystem Strategy

Riparian Strategy

Saving and restoring riparian environaments


Water is a precious resource in the Southwest. Growing human demand and a changing climate create an urgency to protect these natural resources on the National Forests and Grassland. Riparian and aquatic areas, the places where land and water meet, are home to a unique group of plants, birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, fish and mammals. These areas are essential to sustain life for millions of people and wildlife and plant species. We are inviting our partners to work with us to implement this strategy which is based on goals and objectives that will help maintain and restore these invaluable areas.

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Message from former Regional Forester, Cal Joyner

Cal Joyner, Regional Forester

Our National Forests in Arizona, New Mexico and southern Colorado are the dominant water-yielding portion of this landscape, serving the population centers of Phoenix, Flagstaff, Albuquerque and Santa Fe. 

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Volunteer smiles while wading in stream

We work with partners across the region on restoration projects. Connect with partners and find opportunities to get involved.