During the summer of 2017 SSI conducted 88 spring surveys in the Rim Country treatment area of Coconino National Forest in northern Arizona. Springs that had never been surveyed were top priority, followed by springs with limited data and springs that had not been surveyed in the last 5 years. Surveys were conducted using the rapid assessment protocols as well as SEAP analysis. The results were more accurate georeferencing and detailed survey data for many Rim Country springs.
During the summers of 2016 and 2017, SSI was fortunate to continue working with Kaibab National Forest surveying 12 springs. Six of these were on the Williams Ranger District and 6 were on the North Kaibab Ranger District. All springs data were entered into the Springs Online database as well as the U.S. Forest Service Ground Water Dependent Ecosystems database.
SSI also participated in the fourth annual Hopi “Waters For Life” youth engagement project by providing technical assistance with invasive plant removal and the installation of a livestock exclosure at Fracas Lake. Hopi youth were given an overview of paths to jobs associated with springs ecology as well as a seminar on curating invertebrate and botany collections.
In September 2013 the Springs Stewardship Institute was awarded funding through the U.S. Department Of Interior's WaterSMART program for a two-year project to support the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative (DLCC). We submitted our final report. Click here to view the project summary, interactive maps, and to access recordings of webinars.