Current work in wildlife, rivers, public lands, and climate
A 1995 report concluded that the southwestern cottonwood-willow forest is one of North America’s most endangered ecosystems
Streams are the arteries of life in the arid Southwest. Today, these once biologically rich areas are in the “worst shape in history,” according to the EPA, the result of being clogged with cattle for a century or more. The cottonwood/willow gallery forest has declined by an estimated ninety-five percent from pre-settlement times. Despite making up only one percent of the arid Southwest, river forests provide clean water and critical wildlife habitat.