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The Cross-Watershed Network [XWN] is an emerging network to connect river restoration practitioners through information sharing, collective capacity building, and collaboration across watersheds. XWN is designed to help groups grow their ability to develop effective partnerships and strong implementation capabilities in the following key areas:
• Building a peer-to-peer support system
• Capacity building
• Documenting lessons learned
• Information sharing; and,
• Increasing communication
XWN welcomes all site-based practitioners, watershed and river partnerships, private landowners, public and private agencies, nonprofit organizations, universities, and tribes working toward watershed health.
The Verde Watershed Restoration Committee hosted the first Cross-watershed Network workshop in Cottonwood, AZ in 2013 and the Escalante Watershed Partnership hosted over 60 watershed stakeholders from Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Wyoming and Montana the 2nd annual workshop in 2014. Geomorphology and habitat restoration experts offered best practices and interactive breakout sessions tackled programming, internal capacity and outreach topics with round robin feedback sessions and problem-solving discussion. Participants indicated that the workshop met or exceeded their expectations!