Plateau Restoration
    Moab Utah USA

P.O. Box 1363, Moab, UT 84532 - 435-259-7733 - Toll-Free 866-202-1847
Plateau Restoration, Inc.
Moab's Center for Ecological Restoration and Outdoor Education
Leaders in Conservation, Education & Service Programs since 1995

Moab Geotours

Join us for a fun filled educational adventure with our expert field guide/instructors while exploring the natural beauty of Canyon Country. We conduct van, hiking and river tours on the lands in and around Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and on the Colorado River near Moab. Whether you are curious beginner or serious student MoabGeoTours offers the educational adventure for you. Immerse yourself in the spectacular landscapes of the Canyon Country, examine the forces that shaped the region, recognize the common rocks and minerals and how they relate to the environment in which they formed, see evidence of life forms from the past and learn about the past and present mining activities of the area. Guided tours are conducted at a beginning through advanced level. Tours include wildlife, animal track and plant observation and identification, and allow time for photography and quiet reflection.

Conservation Adventures

These are our year-round fitness-oriented and fun-filled River and Land Journeys, Volunteer Vacations, and Service-Learning Programs. Our trips provide an atmosphere conducive to wildlife watching and intimately connecting with nature, while learning about geology, ecology and environmental issues.

We specialize in small groups with quality interactive educational programs on natural resources, including desert, mountain and riparian ecology, geology, wildlife, native plants and conservation issues. Small group sizes on these trips provide for personal attention and an intimate learning experience. Our certified guide/instructors are long-time residents of Moab that delight in sharing their knowledge and passion for the area.

Planting saltgrass plugs in trenches at the Jackson Bottom riparian restoration project.

Conservation Update: People & Projects

Our 18th year of offering service-learning programs, 2013 has turned out to be one of the largest. Demand for these opportunities is strong.

This year we hosted 89 students in Alternative Spring Break programs, from 7 schools: Univ. of Texas at Arlington, Colorado State Univ., Univ. of Nevada at Las Vegas, Univ. of Wisconsin at River Falls, Univ.of Colorado, Univ. of Montana, and Wartburg College, Iowa.

Each group spent 6 days in the area, contributing at least 30 hours of conservation service to one or more of our projects, and a day learning more about the area with our instructors, on the Colorado River and/or at Arches National Park .

Other groups that contributed to projects included Wild Rockies Field Institute, Mendocino County Waldorf 8thgrade class, Verde Valley High School, as well as volunteers in our River Rendezvous and other events. In all, 180 volunteers contributed about 3000 volunteer hours. This represents 480 people-days contributing labor, valued at $65,000, to conservation.

Current projects focus on riparian restoration at four sites along the Colorado near Moab, including revegetation at Jackson Bottom, near Potash, and several other sites between Potash and Cisco.

At Jackson Bottom, we have been enhancing wildlife habitat since 2010 on 65 acres along the Colorado River, owned by Intrepid Potash. This year, volunteers planted over 6000 grass plugs and hundreds of shrubs and helped remove acres of weeds, especially Kochia and tumbleweed.

Goodyear’s pontoon at the Crystal Palace 1851, one of the boats discussed by Herm Hoops in his Rendezvous presentation.Moab River Rendezvous Enjoys its Fifth Year

Field trips played a greater role in the Fall 2013 Moab River Rendezvous than in the past, with activities scheduled outdoors each of the four days. The event opened on Thursday Nov 7, with a hike through the Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park, before a warehouse Icebreaker party and presentation by Herm Hoops.

Herm has been researching the history of inflatable boats and shared insights on evolution of rubber boats, starting with the 1800’s. He made the strong point that evolution of these craft has contributed to conservation of our rivers, by making river recreation viable for the general public.

As has been the case with previous events, participants joined in a restoration project. This year, volunteers planted grass plugs at Jackson Bottom. During the day on Saturday and Sunday, the focus was on the geology of the region, with Colorado Mesa Univ. Professor, Andres Aslan and PRI’s geologist, Tamsin McCormick PhD.

Formal evening presentations were held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the historic Star Hall, downtown Moab. These featured authors Kevin Fedarko, Roy Webb, Dan McCool and Robert Keiter. Lively presentations included the high water of 1983 and how Glen Canyon Dam was almost lost, historic river trips on the Colorado River, how management of our public resources has changed, especially rivers and our national parks, and impacts being made by innovative individuals. The event continued to produce its usual high quality and valuable content.

Our stewardship focuses on the magnificent wildlands and rivers defined by the Colorado River basin - an area that includes Arches, Canyonlands and Grand Canyon National Parks, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and other public lands managed by the NPS, Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service.

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