Springs are one of the most biologically and culturally important ecosystems, yet they are poorly studied and inadequately protected. Despite their relatively small size, springs support 20% of endangered species in the U.S. as well as untold thousands of rare or highly restricted species.
The Springs Stewardship Institute (SSI), a global initiative of the Museum of Northern Arizona,was established to advance our understanding of springs ecology through research and the sharing of information, to collaborate with land managers, other researchers, and the public, and to educate the public and resource managers about the importance of springs stewardship.
SSI's staff work to accomplish its mission through its various programs and services:
- Springs Inventory Workshops and Trainings
- Springs Inventory Assessments and Monitoring
- GIS and data Management Support
- Groundwater Sampling and Modeling
- Biological Inventory and Assessment
- Stewardship Advisement and Planning
- Proposal Development
- Technical and Scientific Peer Review
- Restoration Planning and Implementation
Visit the Spring Stewardship Institute's website for more information on ongoing projects and research: