Lees Ferry, located in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona, serves as the initiation point for more than 1,000 river trips down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon per year. This high-profile site was comprised of a jungle of thick tamarisk that made the area inaccessible to visitors and provided low-quality habitat for wildlife. In order to enhance this site, Fred Phillips Consulting partnered with Grand Canyon Wildlands Council to initiate this 16-acre riparian and upland revegetation project. FPC took the lead in preparing planning for the removal of non-native species, conducting the site and soil analysis, design of the native plant revegetation and irrigation infrastructure and conducting the project site management. Currently, the native riparian and upland habitat is flourishing with positive growth and natural recruitment. Also, a portion of the area is open and available for camping. Bird monitoring at the site has indicated that the bird diversity doubled in the two years since the restoration.
FPC also completed an Exotic Plant Management Plan for the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (GCNRA) for the stretch of the Colorado River from Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry. This project involved assessing sites along the river to identify the exotic plant problems occurring along the corridor. FPC held multiple meetings with GCNRA staff to insure that their goals and objectives were identified, being met, and included in the plan. The plan included a description of the general site conditions of the corridor, an overview of the weed management plan, and specific best management practices to control the weeds of interest. The best management practices included a description and picture of the weeds of interest, recommendations for weed removal in remote areas, and the most effective control methods for the different growth states of the weeds. A preliminary weed mapping effort was conducted to identify the known locations of weeds and priority areas for weed control.