Our Riparian Work:

Non-native, invasive riparian species, such as tamarisk and Russian olive, severely impact the health of western Colorado's river system. These plants destroy habitat for fish and other riparian fauna. The Middle Colorado Watershed Council works hard on programs that re-establish and restore native habitat throughout our watershed.


The MCWC partnered with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Western Colorado Conservation Corps, Rifle Correctional Facility SWIFT, and the Tamarisk Coalition to restore portions of the Wheeler State Wildlife Area. We and our partners removed tamarisk and Russian olive and replanted with native choke-cherry, cottonwoods, and willow. We will continue to monitor the site to help the native species establish and thrive. 


We are excited about to partner with the Tamarisk Coalition in the Restore Our Rives campaign, which will help fund local restoration efforts and connect our work to restoration efforts throughout the six-state wide Colorado River Basin.


The Riparian Restoration Action Plan outlines steps needed to manage invasive species removal and habitat restoration. This is a watershed-wide effort and we look to our stakeholders, board members, and committees to provide guidance and support with these efforts.

Colorado Headwaters Invasives Partnership created a Consolidated Species Management Plan for the headwaters for the Upper Colorado River. This plan guides us in our riparian restoration and invasive species management projects.