A Water Bank Helps Revive Colorado Delta Willows and Wetlands

18 Jul, 2013 - By

In the delta community of Miguel Alemán, situated along the Colorado River corridor that forms the border between Mexico and Arizona, we arrive at an unlikely enterprise in this parched environment: a tree nursery.

A few thousand cuttings of willow, mesquite, and cottonwoods are lined up in orderly fashion inside a well-tended greenhouse.  Today the mother and son who live here and operate the nursery are painstakingly preparing willow cuttings.  They are employees of Pronatura-Noroeste,the Mexican conservation organization that is working to restore the delta.  In addition to the greenhouses, the nursery includes an eight-acre demonstration plot, where trees of various types and heights are monitored.



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