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Shannon H
641 Struthers
(Colorado Riverfront Trail; Industrial district)
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the project

Funds will be used to 1) support plant upkeep and care at the Watson Island Pollinator Garden and
2) build and maintain pollinator habitat structures at the site. To date, over 50 native species, totaling 1,300 plants have been planted at the garden, with more plantings coming this fall. Selected plants are attractive to a variety of pollinator species, with bloom periods extending throughout the growing season.

Outcomes of this project include a weed-free garden, happy plants, and more habitat for a variety of pollinator species.  Additionally, beautifying this previously weed-filled and unused area with native plants will improve overall community and economic development, provide educational opportunities, and increase visitor experiences. 

the steps

Funds will be used to pay conservation corps crews, other local work crews, and/or Tamarisk Coalition staff to coordinate community volunteers to conduct garden maintenance, which includes extensive weeding. Funds will also be used to purchase supplies for pollinator habitat structure creation throughout 2015.

Weeding tasks will be focused on removing kochia weed prior to seed set in the spring and summer of 2015. 

why we're doing it

The area where the pollinator garden now sits was formerly infested with invasive weeds and used as a dumping ground. The community has been invested in the betterment of this site for the past 25+ years and we are building on that to provide more assets to the area! We created this garden to educate the community about the beauty and utility of our region's native plants - while attracting pollinator species in the process. Through the pulling of the invasive weed, kochia, this project will improve the survivability of the native plant species and the pollinators which depend on them. 

Across the nation, pollinator habitat has become imperiled due to habitat loss and fragmentation, diminishment of remaining habitat, pesticide poisoning, and the spread of diseases and parasites. While these factors can seem daunting and difficult to address on a nationwide scale, cities and towns throughout the United States have begun to take steps to improve pollinator habitat within their own communities. The Pollinator Garden is one of the Tamarisk Coalition and the City of Grand Junction’s initiatives to raise awareness about the importance and uniqueness of countless pollinator species.   

The Pollinator Garden was created on behalf of the Desert Rivers Collaborative (DRC). The Tamarisk Coalition formed the DRC in 2012 to cooperatively protect, restore, and maintain native river corridor habitat in Mesa & Delta counties through the development of community partnerships. 
Find more information on the DRC and the Tamarisk Coalition here.



RAISED = 680.00
ioby Platform Fee  waived
3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) 19.81

These funds will be used for garden upkeep and maintenance and to support
our staff time. 




Garden maintenance and upkeep by Western Colorado Conservation Corps; 2 days


Supplies for habitat structure building - itemized below


Misc. supplies


Untreated lumber for nest boxes (Model # 441619, 4 in. x 6 in. x 12 ft. Premium #2 & Better Douglas Fir Lumber; $24.36 a piece X 2)


Wood post (Model # 666RWRC, 6 in. x 6 in. x 6 ft. Rough Green Western Red Cedar Timber; $39.72)


Wood screws (Grip-Rite Model # PTN212S1, #8 x 2-1/2 in. Phillips Bugle-Head Coarse Thread Sharp Point Polymer Coated Exterior Screws (1 lb.-Pack); $8.47 box)


SUBTOTAL = $4,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) $120



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