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USGS Scientists working with US Forest Service in Sky Island Restoration Collaborative (SIRC)

February 3, 2016

USGS Scientists helped introduce a shared watershed restoration project in Patagonia, Arizona, to the USFS Southwestern Regional Leadership Team.

Collaboration includes partnerships with the USFWS Partners for Fish & Wildlife, Borderlands Restoration, the Hummingbird Monitoring Network, and Sky Island Alliance, who restored two tributaries of Harshaw Creek by installing erosion control structures and re-planting pollinator-supporting native species. Coronado National Forest hydrologists were charged with monitoring "instream flow," and worked with USGS to advance the monitoring effort to collect discharge measurements for watershed models.