XWN Participant - Mike Wight

Durango, Colorado

HUC 2 Region

  • Lower Colorado
  • Upper Colorado

Watershed Affiliations

Affiliation Type:Non-Governmental Organization
Affiliation Name:Southwest Conservation Corps
Affiliation Title:Corps River Restoration Director
Affiliation Type:Watershed group
Affiliation Name:collaborator
Affiliation Title:collaborator
Affiliation Type:Collaborative partnership
Affiliation Name:Escalante River Watershed Partnership
Affiliation Title:Corps River Restoration Director
Affiliation Type:Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition
Affiliation Name:Utah Conservation Corps, Canyon Country Youth Corps, Western Colorado Conservation Corps


On the ground work with conservation corps- crews, ineterns, small teams. Chainsaw, herbicide application, developing trainings, active revegetation, fencing, monitoring, tablets/mapping, workforce mobilization, fund development, implementation, partnering

Lessons / Successes

Developed training modules for crew based project work- riparian restoration- exported to other watersheds.Developed model for rapid monitoringStrike Teams- 2-3 person conducting monitoring, secondary weed treatments, resproutsTablet technology- implementing user friendly tools for weed mapping, inventory

Areas of Expertise and Experience

Collaboration / Planning / Facilitation

  • Grant writing
  • Planning
  • Public outreach and engagement
  • Project management
  • Volunteerism


  • Land Trails
  • River - On-Water Safety

Research / Science / Monitoring

  • Botany
  • Environmental Science
  • GIS / Geospatial
  • Landscape ecology

Management / Implementation

  • Aquatic / Riparian
  • Invasive Species Management / Weed Control
  • Endangered Species Management
  • Habitat Conservation
  • Revegetation
  • Wildlife / Linkages

Education / Youth

  • Conservation Corps
  • Youth Engagement
  • School Involvement
  • Youth Development Programs

Other Expertise

  • Herbicide ApplicationChainsawFencingPlantingMonitoring