Sky Island Restoration Cooperative

Sky Island Restoration Cooperative

Building Partners in Restoration

The Sky Island Restoration Cooperative (SIRC) is an international coalition of restoration practitioners, scientists, land managers, and private citizens coming together to restore ecological processes and systems of the Sky Island region: the Madrean Archipelago of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Since the group’s inception in 2014, Sky Island Alliance has played a critical role with SIRC as both a collaborating partner and coalition facilitator. The work of SIRC is an excellent example and model for Sky Island Alliance’s collaborative and grassroots approach to restoration in the Sky Islands.

11665587_10153489041412360_7814124062936815586_nOur shared goal is to facilitate effective landscape restoration in both small scale, high priority habitats, and across entire watersheds through collaborative community-based projects. This effort is designed to expand community involvement, volunteer opportunities, and economic development. SIRC has implemented a wide range of restoration projects across the Sky Islands, to protect water sources and enhance wildlife habitat for a range of species including the endangered Chiricahua leopard frog, American antelope, and a wide range of pollinators like bees, bats, butterflies, and birds.


Success stories and Resource Briefings:

The Resource Briefings within each Annual Report showcase the growing number projects and successes of the Sky Island Restoration Cooperative:

2016 SIRC Annual Report (7.5MB)

2015 SIRC Annual Report (40MB)

2014 SIRC Annual Report (43MB)



SIRC partners include Sky Island Alliance and:

  • Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
  • Arizona Game and Fish Department
  • Arizona Geological Survey
  • Bat Conservation International
  • Borderlands Restoration L3C
  • Cuenca Los Ojos
  • Gila Watershed Partnership
  • Hummingbird Monitoring Network
  • Institute for Applied Ecology
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Tucson Audubon Society
  • US Bureau of Land Management
  • US Bureau of Reclamation
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • US Forest Service
  • US Geological Survey
  • US National Park Service
  • The Wildlands Network

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First Annual Meeting of the Society for Ecological Restoration, Southwest Chapter

Conference presentations are available here.

Sky Island Alliance was a driving force in the successful inaugural annual meeting of the Society for Ecological Restoration, Southwest Chapter, held in Tucson, AZ on November 2015. The conference drew a crowd of 160, including restoration practitioners, students, researchers, agency personnel, and members of the business community. This gathering, designed to connect restoration practitioners to scientists, was an excellent forum to both highlight and further Sky Island Alliance’s work. Louise Misztal (SIA’s then-Conservation Director) and Don Swann of Saguaro National Park co-lead a full-day workshop on Fire Effects: Restoration of Watersheds and Springs, including presentations by Sky Island Alliance staff Sami Hammer, Louise Misztal, and Carianne Campbell. The conference was the perfect platform for a special session on the work of the Sky Island Restoration Cooperative (SIRC), as well as sessions on invasive species, riparian restoration, and youth engagement. Sky Island Alliance participated on the conference planning committee, chaired by SIA’s Restoration Director, Carianne Campbell. Planning for the conference was also part of a semester-long SIA internship for Prescott College senior (now graduate!) Allison Kutcher.