Lower Colorado River Projects
River Partners received funding from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to develop a comprehensive restoration plan for approximately 400-acres on the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). Two alternative management strategies were developed by River Partners based on the plant communities that the existing site conditions will support after establishment (River Partners 2009a and b).
These management strategies and their plant communities are: 1) Managed habitat requiring long term irrigation of a species mix co-dominated by phreatophytes such as Fremont cottonwood (Populus fremontii) and Goodding’s willow (Salix gooddingii), and 2) Self-sustaining habitat requiring no irrigation after establishment, to include species within the Prosopis, Acacia, and Atriplex genera (refer to River Partners comprehensive plan noted above for additional species composition and vegetation type descriptions). The two-part comprehensive restoration plan was completed in February of 2009, and in September, River Partners received a contract amendment to implement Phase I restoration of an undefined area within the targeted 400-acres.