Cardenas Camp—Restoration Project

Left: volunteers in the process of digging a hole for planting, right: volunteer posing with a planted and caged Goodding's willow
Volunteers working at Cardenas camp.
Southwestern willow flycatcher on a branch against green backdrop
Southwestern Willow Flycatcher


The Project

The restoration project at Cardenas Camp is a collaborative effort between the Vegetation Program at Grand Canyon National Park and The Arboretum at Flagstaff. This project is building off of previous riparian restoration work completed at Granite Camp and Monument Creek. The goal of this particular project is to create habitat for the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, an endangered bird species. The first phase of this project involved removing tamarisk from a little less than one acre and replanting that area with native trees and shrubs including coyote willow (9 clusters), cottonwoods (23 pole cuttings) and Goodding’s willow (18 tall pot trees). The work was completed by staff and volunteers in January 2018 and monitoring and maintenance efforts will continue throughout the next few years.

The success of this project and similar ones in the future is dependent on the partnerships with the river and backpacking communities and the amazing stewardship those individuals have for the canyon.
Left: volunteers and staff in the process of filling in a hole for a planted Goodding's willow, middle: volunteer posing with a planted and caged Goodding willow, right: planted and caged Goodding's willow
Process of planting a Goodding's willow.
Restoration crew posing in front of Colorado river overlook.
Crew of staff and volunteers from January 2018 planting of Cardenas Camp Restoration Project
For more information and volunteer opportunities, contact Dan Boughter, Restoration Biologist, 928-638-7482 or e-mail us.

Last updated: April 17, 2019

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Grand Canyon, AZ 86023



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