Conservation Skills Building and Restoration along the Escalante River - Kanab, UT

by Grand Staircase Escalante Partners
Activity Type: Camping, Hiking, Stewardship, Other
Region: Intermountain

This project provides opportunities for Conservation Corps youth to learn skills in environmental stewardship, conservation, and camping.

$1,409 Raised out of $5,000
2 Funders
72 Days Remaining

Please describe your project in more detail.

The Escalante River is 90 miles of lush riparian corridor flowing through spectacular redrock canyons that eventually join with Lake Powell. Formed in 2009, the Escalante River Watershed Partnership (ERWP) is focused on woody invasive species removal, mainly Russian olive, from the Escalante Watershed and implementing sustainable water use practices within the surrounding communities. To complete the restoration work, conservation corps youth, many from Native American, underserved, or low income populations, are hired and trained.

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and ERWP partner, works directly with the conservation corps members on restoration activities and training.

To being work on the Escalante River Restoration Project, GSEP hosts a two week training on riparian restoration for all crew members. This training brings over 74 youth together to learn about conservation, leadership, project management, and riparian ecology while also covering topics such as: specifics of cutting Russian olive, herbicide application safety and use, biomass management, emergency response preparedness, Leave No Trace practices, and back country camping skills. 

Due to the distinctive topography of the Escalante, this project offers corps members a chance of a life time to live and work in the backcountry in one of Utah’s most remote and scenic national monuments. For many participants, this will be their first time camping and backpacking. After the training, Corps members must hike into their work site, carrying their personal gear and spend eight days working and living in the backcountry. This aspect of the project provides each crew member with the opportunity to develop beneficial life skills. They learn to be successful as a group through collaborative and cooperative behavior. The restoration work encourages a healthy lifestyle, which includes respect for one’s self, others, natural resources, and the outdoors.

How many kids (grades K-8) will be directly engaged in this project?

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What is the name or school district associated with the project?

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