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Friends restores critical habitat for the diverse flora and fauna of the Verde River and its watershed.

We work to support native wildlife and vegetation, a healthy watershed, and places of stunning beauty.

An amazing diversity of wildlife can be found in the Verde River Watershed – at least 270 species of birds, 94 species of mammals, and 76 species of native amphibians and reptiles use the river’s watershed at some point in their life cycles. Riparian habitat – the lush strip of plant life dependent on reliable water along rivers, in wetlands, etc. – also provides travel corridors for wildlife and is home to several federal and state-listed threatened and endangered species. Additionally, the watershed’s diverse, native riparian plant life provides invaluable ecosystem services and places of stunning beauty for local communities and visitors alike.

Increasing pressure from severe drought, overallocation of water, recreational use, increasing development, more frequent storm events and other stressors threaten the health of this shrinking riparian and wetland habitat. These threats to the river have led to problems including overwhelming infestations of invasive plant species, disruption of wildlife corridors, erosion of upland soils, poor water quality, and human disconnection from nature. Friends of the Verde River is committed to implementing on the ground projects to address these issues and build resiliency within our Verde River ecosystem.

Learn More About What We Do

Restoring Habitat - (VWRC) Arizona Conservation Crew 2013

The 2013 Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition (VWRC) Arizona Conservation Crew.

Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition

The Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition (commonly referred to as VWRC – pronounced “vee-work”) is a collaborative effort uniting private landowners, organizations, and agencies with a common interest in the health of the Verde River Watershed.

Other Issues We Work On


Wildlife Corridors

Reducing Erosion

Water Quality

Habitat Stewardship

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The Verde and Salt River system supports the largest number of breeding bald eagle pairs in Arizona.


Read about our other efforts that contribute to restoring riparian and watershed habitat, while also Promoting Community Stewardship and Sustaining Flows.

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