Borderlands Restoration L3c was formally organized as the first limited-profit social enterprise in Arizona in order to address three primary threats to ecological and social integrity in the borderlands region. These conditions and our responses include: 1) degradation and interruption of ecological processes resulting in wildfire damage, drying streams, and degrading soil health; 2) the decline of pollinator-supporting plants that have dropped out of our ecosystems; and 3) the need to train and empower people to solve these problems together and to create viable jobs in a 'Restoration Economy'. More specifically:
By working closely with researchers such as U.S. Geological Survey and other public and private partners, we have built thousands of water harvesting structures and demonstrated their capacity to recharge groundwater for human communities, improve stream flow, and support wildlife that depend on these resources.
Through the support of the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and many others, we have collected hundreds of vital pollinator-supporting plant materials, grown them out in greenhouses, tracked our methods to improve efficiency, and replanted these in threatened landscapes in ways that knit the soil back together and create viable populations that directly address the pollinator crisis in the U.S. today.
We have created a wide range of restoration-oriented jobs that include restoration ecology and project management, bookkeeping and accounting, grant writing, and education and outreach for youth and elders in borderlands communities. Work has inspired people to spin off related businesses that we believe need to be a part of the restoration economy in order to address the complex challenges and opportunities inherent to the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.
Borderlands Restoration began in 2012 and since then, we have:
Developed public-private partnerships to mitigate pollutants in our watersheds.
Consulted water rights adjudication with Native American groups.
Expanded our youth program from Patagonia to numerous other communities in the border region, including Sonora, Mexico.
Cultivated strong relationships and connections with the federal government.
Achieved contracts success with both small private landowners and public land managers.
Fostered cross-border interaction with Sonora in horticulture, riparian restoration, and conservation ranching.