The Springs Stewardship Institute, a global initiative of the
Museum of Northern Arizona, works to improve communication among land managers, to survey, rehabilitate, and steward springs systems.
Although they are among the most biologically and culturally important and highly threatened ecosystems on Earth, springs are poorly studied and inadequately protected. Though relatively small in comparison to lakes and oceans, springs support more than 10% of the endangered species in the United States. With an immense potential for collaboration and partnership, SSI will continue to improve understanding and management of these critical and endangered ecosystems.
Spring Stewardship projects
SSI is involved with many ongoing projects across the western United States, but we also are working in our own back yard through rehabilitating Coyote Springs on the MNA grounds. The above slideshow of images captured by our Stealthcam demonstrates how many critters use this spring. Learn more about all of our recent work here.
SSI is partnering with multiple researchers and agencies to undertake the largest springsnail conservation project to date. Stay tuned in the New Year as we prepare to share more information about this exciting project.
SSI has developed a new Springs App
The Arizona Daily Sun gave recognition to the work of the Springs Stewardship Institute on Friday, May 29th,following the news release from Washington announcing Obama's revised Waters of the United States rule. Read more HERE.