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Through collaboration, the contributions of individual partners are multiplied many times over.

River Partners

Chrissy Howell, PhD

Sacramento Valley landscape. Photo: River Partners.
Partnerships that combine the strengths of many are living proof that “the whole is often greater than the sum of its parts.” One group that embodies this maxim is River Partners, a non-profit organization that works closely with over 45 partners, including PRBO.

Throughout the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys, River Partners has worked since 1998 to restore critical floodplain habitat. Their goals for large-scale restoration are to benefit wildlife as well as human communities. The group has restored thousands of acres of riparian land and planted more than one million native trees and shrubs. River Partners’ method combines proven farming practices (planting, cultivating, irrigating) with restoration ecology. Groups involved in a given project may range from local schools and communities to government agencies as big as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Reclamation.

PRBO often provides scientific expertise, monitoring bird populations to help document the success of projects under way and shape new ones. According to River Partners’ San Joaquin Valley Regional Director, Julie Rentner, “Songbird monitoring is a rapid and cost-effective method to evaluate habitat restoration success in short timeframes. In addition to validating restoration efforts, riparian songbird monitoring promotes adaptive management during the design and implementation of projects.”
Volunteers plant native seedlings in a Sacramento Valley natural area. Photo: River Partners.

Through this collaboration, the contributions of individual partners are multiplied many times over.