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Upper Gila Watershed Alliance

by Upper Gila Watershed Alliance  

Supporting: Give Grandly 2021 for Grant County Community Foundation

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The Upper Gila Watershed Alliance is celebrating

its 25th anniversary in 2021! 


Pretty good for a small group with humble beginnings in the tiny - but mighty - Gila Valley!


We do a combination of advocacy, education, and restoration work.

Here are a few examples.


Advocacy:

~ Protecting the Gila River from an ecologically harmful and really expensive diversion. After more than 15 years of working to prevent a diversion, we finally won!


~ Working with a dedicated coalition, we defeated the Air Force's proposal for loud and destructive military trainings over the Gila National Forest, including the wilderness areas.


~ Leading a coalition of groups to engage in the Gila National Forest's plan revision process, which is important because the management plan guides decisions and projects for the next 15 years.


Education:

~ Empowering local youth to tackle the challenges of climate change by providing an immersive ecological literacy education


~ Hosting Eco-camps in summer 2021 and an Eco-thon in fall 2021


~ When COVID-safe, resuming the Children's Water Festival for 5th graders from Cobre, Silver City, and Lordsburg School Districts


Restoration:

~ Since 2016, removing invasive tamarisk (salt cedar) trees from the Gila River in the Gila Wilderness Area and downstream of the Gila River Bird Area


~ Fencing a spring in the Gila National Forest from livestock damage


For more information, visit our website: www.ugwa.org



Mission: The Upper Gila Watershed Alliance is a non-profit watershed protection & conservation organization working to promote the long-term health of the Upper Gila Watershed and its communities of life. Through research, education, and restoration projects, we are striving to build communities of stewards in more locally based economies.




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