Protecting and Restoring Northern Arizona Springs

NAAS Meeting Flagstaff, January 28

Presentation by Cerissa Hoglander

Parson Springs

Cerissa Hoglander

Threatened by overuse and sensitive to disturbance, springs are among the most imperiled ecosystems on the Colorado Plateau. Springs ecosystems are biodiversity hotspots, culturally significant sites, and key components of overall landscape health. These ecosystems provide critical water resources and, on public lands, are often shared among human, wildlife, and livestock uses. Despite their importance, many of the springs across the Colorado Plateau are impacted by pollution, trampling, non-native species invasions, and extensive water diversions. With increasing water demands and intensifying drought driven by climate change, efforts to protect and restore springs are paramount. Central to the work of the Grand Canyon Trust is the protection and restoration of the Colorado Plateau through advocacy, partnerships, and on-the-ground action. We have collaborated with land management agencies, a rancher, and many, many dedicated volunteers to collect information on hundreds of springs across northern Arizona and to complete restoration work on ten riparian areas. This important work has been a true team effort.

Cerissa Hoglander is a conservation professional focused on public lands restoration and climate change adaptation. Through her role at the Grand Canyon Trust, Cerissa works with land and wildlife managers, researchers, ranchers, volunteers, and other public lands stewards to plan and implement on-the-ground research and conservation actions. Outside of work she seeks to connect with the incredible wild places and communities supported by our public lands through trail-running, backpacking, and other adventures.  Please join us in Flagstaff 7:00PM on January 28 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 1601 N. San Francisco St. Flagstaff . As always, we are open to the public and admission is free.

Title Photo: An unnamed spring in Death Hollow, in the shrunken monument, supports a hanging garden. by MARC COLES-RITCHIE