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Executive Summary

Mission Statement: To plan for and implement comprehensive and culturally-sensitive restoration of riparian communities, to eradicate woody invasive species in the San Juan Basin, and to provide coordination, resources, and technical assistance.


On 2 May, 2006, the San Juan Watershed Woody-Invasives Initiative (SJWWII) was formed to address growing tamarisk (Tamarix sp.) and Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia) invasions at a regional level.  SJWWII is a unique partnership that covers the entire San Juan Watershed, including four states (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah) and four tribal units (Jicarilla Apache Nation, Navajo Nation, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe [including White Mesa Ute]).  One of the primary purposes of SJWWII is to facilitate coordination among partners across these boundaries. 

The purpose of the Implementation Plan is to provide a framework for coordinating and planning specific projects that will assist the Department of Interior address the efficacy of riparian restoration and control of tamarisk and Russian olive.  The Implementation Plan also provides guidelines for restoration and control methods, research, education, and community service and outreach. 

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