BORDERLANDS RESTORATION NETWORK

Rebuild. Restore. Reconnect.

Patagonia, AZ   |  www.borderlandsrestoration.org

Mission

To foster ecological and cultural place-based learning and leadership, restore and support healthy, regenerating water sources and flourishing plant and animal communities, and support prosperous borderland communities by expanding a vibrant restoration economy.

Ruling year info

2015

Director

Kurt Vaughn

Main address

PO Box 121

Patagonia, AZ 85624 USA

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EIN

47-2581032

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Agricultural, Youth Development (O52)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BRN is an ecological restoration nonprofit working to promote and protect biodiversity in a recognized biodiversity hotspot, the Sky Islands, by rebuilding watersheds to combat land erosion and recharge depleted groundwater, restore habitats through our Native Plant Nursery and Seed Lab and reconnect people to land through education and outreach including our Field Studies Courses, Ṣu:dagī ‘O Wud Doakag (Water is Life) and Borderlands Earth Care Youth (BECY) programs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Borderlands Earth Care Youth

The mission of Borderlands Earth Care Youth Institute is to hire culturally diverse youth living on the US/Mexico border to restore the trans-national watersheds they call home. By working as a team, youth conduct hands-on restoration projects, learning marketable job skills while following a structured ecological restoration curriculum, to advance land stewardship for generations into the future.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Borderlands Restoration Network Field Studies courses are comprehensive, intensive and immersive practical training courses that focus on holistic approaches to the ecological challenges of the southern Arizona and northern Sonora borderlands region designed to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders in the Sky Islands.

Curriculums offered include integrated lectures, workshops, field trips and hands-on learning opportunities covering a wide breadth of topics spanning technical skills in native seed collection and plant propagation, watershed restoration, foundational principles of a restorative economy, cross-border collaboration, humanitarian aid, and more.

Field Studies courses are guided by a diverse set of subject experts from businesses, agencies, nonprofits and BRN partner organizations offering hands-on experiential learning opportunities to diverse participants interested in gaining a deeper understanding of social and ecological aspects of the borderlands. Curriculum is targeted to undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, and other interested adults.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

The Madrean Archipelago, or Sky Islands is one of the most ecologically diverse and rich landscapes in North America. Due to historic overgrazing, drought and climate change these lands face stress and degradation. The Watershed and Habitat Restoration Program takes a multi-pronged approach to restoring degraded landscapes to a trajectory of recovery and climate resiliency. BRN works with nonprofits, government and state agencies and individuals to repair and protect our landscapes.

​Since inception, the Watershed and Habitat Restoration Program has improved 500 acres of public and private land retaining an estimated 1140 tons of soil, improving hydrologic and soil condition to enhance wildlife habitat, and recharge shallow groundwater tables.

Population(s) Served

The BRN Native Plant Program works to promote and protect biodiversity and ecosystems in the Sky Islands by providing access to restoration-quality native plant materials.

Our local native plants have distinct adaptations to regional conditions, held deep in the genomes and expressed as specific advantages such as high nectar quantities for local pollinators during critical migratory periods, or particular tolerances to seasonal temperatures. We promote habitat resiliency by working with plant material that is sourced within our ecoregion, maximizing the benefits of these adaptations.

This program was founded in 2012 when a group of restoration practitioners identified and responded to the need for locally produced native plants to support habitat restoration activities.

The program now encompasses production of over 100,000 plants a year and a regional seed center with over 2,000 collections of seed from wild lands. It is the product of many hours spent with wild habitats, fingers in the soil, and with passionate staff and volunteers.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people working at the SME/Coop/Enterprise on a part-time basis (< 35 hours per week) as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of people working at the SME/Coop/Enterprise on a full-time (> 35 hours per week) basis as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Staffing numbers relate to the organizational goal of contributing to and creating a restorative based economy.

Number of acres of land protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Watershed & Habitat Restoration

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is acres of land protected and/or restoration work completed.

Number of native seeds and plants sold.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Native Plant Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2018: 600 seed packets. 7,000 plants 2019: 1,300 seed packets. 8,000 plants sold 2020: 2,000 seed packets. 8,000 plants sold

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

VISION
We envision connected borderlands where rivers flow, plants, wildlife and cultures thrive, and communities develop an inclusive restorative economy where a sense of place inspires a sense of purpose.

WATERSHED RESTORATION
Install 1500 erosion control structures to retain 300 tons of sediment, improve water quality and increase infiltration across focus watersheds.

RESTORE HABITAT
Improve 150 acres by installing 5000 native plants and plant 500 pounds of native seed across focus watersheds.

RECONNECT COMMUNITIES
Engage 100 borderlands participants in placed-based education and outreach efforts.

Grow a restorative economy by directly hiring 50 borderlands youth for paid internship positions and adding up to 3 full time equivalent positions (FTE) directly to our organization or in collaboration with our Network Partners.

Watershed Restoration
The Watershed Restoration Program (WRP) offers a broad suite of restoration practices to a diverse set of partnerships and contracts with local residents, nonprofit organizations, and state and federal agencies. Through the installation of erosion control/water harvesting structures (ECS), revegetation, and invasive plant management restoration activities, the WRP aims to restore flowing water to our streams, improve regional resiliency to climate change, return ecosystems to trajectories of recovery, and employ, train, and support local residents as restoration practitioners.

The WRP staff and its public and private partners conduct research and studies to continually improve our process and identify ways to incorporate new techniques and practices. This program area has a strong focus on work within the Borderlands Wildlife Preserve (BWP).

Native Plant Materials
The Native Plant Materials Program (NPM) promotes biodiversity by providing individuals, communities, and land managers access to restoration-quality plant materials and guidance for their effective use. The NPM program includes the Seed Lab, a seed storage and processing facility, and the Native Plant Nursery, a plant and seed propagation/production facility. These facilities work in concert to increase the availability of native plant material with locally adapted genetics through inquiry-based collection, propagation, and restoration practices.

Over the course of the past seven years, NPM staff have developed effective best practice methods for wild seed collection, cleaning, storage, propagation, out planting, research and data management. This program has also built strong collaborations with multiple local regional and national organizations as well as reliable working relationships with state and federal agencies.

Education and Outreach
Our Education and Outreach Program (E&O) creates opportunities for empowering, ecologically-centered, placed-based multigenerational learning experiences that focus on training, marketable skills, and applied knowledge. The program works to inspire the next generation of leaders for a restorative economy in our borderland communities.

The E&O programming includes 3 main efforts, Borderlands Earth Care Youth (BECY) and Ṣu:dagī ‘O Wud Doakag (Water is Life) focusing on high school-aged youth while field studies courses focus on college-aged young professionals. BECY inspires and trains culturally diverse youth living on the US/Mexico borderlands to restore the trans-national watersheds they call home. Field studies courses offer an introduction to holistic responses to the ecological challenges facing the southern Arizona and northern Sonora borderlands region.

BRN has attracted, motivated, and retained competent and committed staff and volunteers. BRN in turn has invested in employee training, wellness, workplace satisfaction, benefits, and merit-based raises. BRN encourages learning, growth, and partnerships that support staff.

BRN is able to adapt quickly to changing opportunities and circumstances as well as working collaboratively across organizations and the border. The "network" of partner organizations allow BRN to bring the strengths and expertise of different organizations together to leverage and achieve goals more effectively and efficiently including shared resources and administrative services.

Since inception:

The Native Plant Program has collected 2,400 native seed collections representing over 200 species and propagated 200,000 native plants for use in restoration and residential projects.

BRN youth education programs including Borderlands Earth Care Youth have trained nearly 150 youth from 5 borderland communities.

Field Studies courses have trained over 25 students representing 7 nations.

The Watershed Restoration Program has improved 500 acres of public and private land retaining an estimated 1140 tons of soil, improving hydrologic and soil condition to enhance wildlife habitat, and recharging shallow groundwater tables.

BRN employs 15 full-time employees and 11 part-time employees averaging between 18-24 employees in total throughout the year, as well as an additional 20 interns.

BRN has worked and continues to work with over 60 program partners to carry out our mission.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BORDERLANDS RESTORATION NETWORK

Board of directors
as of 2/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Doug Smith

Board President

Term: 2021 -

Ron Pullium

Founder/Board Member

Laura Monti

Board Member

Ann Gosline

Board Member

Kate Tirion

Board Member

Valer Clark

Board Member

Jose Perez

Board Member

Doug Smith

Board Member

Roberto Navarro IV

Board Member

Cynthia Bower

Board Member

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/11/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/11/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.