Since 2001, volunteer groups have been coming to the Escalante River Watershed to help with the removal of Russian olive (RO). Volunteers play a vital role in the Escalante River Watershed Partnership. The groups usually work for seven days at a time in the backcountry. The volunteers clear out debris from larger RO and remove the smaller trees to make for a faster removal process for the conservation crews who will come in after.
Wilderness Volunteers and Great Old Broads For Wilderness are two of our largest and most consistent groups. We depend on these long time relationships for the success of the project. That being said, we host groups from all over the country. University of Wisconsin, Alternative Spring Break and Vanderbilt University have volunteered on the RO project. These students worked on both the removal of RO and a class study of the insect diversity in different stages of the RO removal process.
Service learning gives people the opportunity to not only adventure to beautiful and remote places, but to learn by working hands on.
Interested in volunteering? We can tailor your volunteer trip to meet project needs. We offer several different educational experiences during the volunteer session.
We would like to shout a big thank you to the volunteer groups and individual volunteers who have donated their valuable time to our project and encourage anyone who needs a vacation to come join us on the Escalante River!
Below is a list of some of the organizations invested in providing volunteer groups for restoration work along the Escalante River: