The Gila Native Plant Nursery (GNPN) is based in Safford, AZ and managed by Gila Watershed Partnership (GWP) in partnership with Eastern Arizona College (EAC). GNPN provides locally/regionally sourced plant materials for restoration and retail production, with the goals of increasing success in arid lands restoration projects and educating the public about the importance and beauty of local plant diversity.
Areas along the Gila River near Safford, AZ, have become a monoculture of Salt Cedar. GWP has cleared approximately 200 acres of Salt Cedar to build habitat islands for Southwest Willow Flycatcher in anticipation of the arrival of the Tamarisk Leaf Beetle. GNPN was established in part of provide plant material for this endeavor! This photo shows students from EAC, and others, helping GWP staff plant along the banks of the Gila.
In collaboration with the Desert Botanical Garden and the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance (CAZCA), the Metro Phoenix EcoFlora project is making plant science meaningful and open for everyone, while we learn about the biodiversity of our urban desert home. The project is increasing understanding of biodiversity and urbanization and contributing to local conservation efforts through community science.
Using iNaturalist to learn about and identify species.