Since 2006 Rio Grande Return has played a leading role in the protection, restoration and enhancement of thousands of acres of wetlands, springs, creeks, associated wetlands and agricultural lands on tribal, public and private lands in New Mexico. Below is a list of the restoration projects and initiatives that Rio Grande Return has either directed or been involved in. Additional information on these projects is available on the “Restoration Projects” scroll down menu.
Zia Pueblo Spring Restoration
2009 A petroglyph created by Governor Peter Pino to commemorate the the collaborative work between Zia Pueblo, Rio Grande Return and Keystone Restoration Ecology to restore two sacred springs in the Ojito Wilderness.
Hamaasta Watershed Restoration
2010 A collaborative project with Keystone Restoration Ecology to help restore a degraded arroyo at Hamaatsa – Larry Littlebirds Wild Land Sanctuary.
Buckman River Ecosystem Restoration Initiative Phase I
Buckman River Stewards Phase II
Valle de Oro NWR River Stewards Restoration Phase 1
2017 Planting 1000 cottonwoods & Goodings willow, 15,000 coyote willow, 400 native forage plants & 12,000 saltgrass plugs at the Valle de Oro NWR
Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Cooperative Agreement I
2020 Planting cottonwood poles with 60 volunteers from the Albuquerque Wildlife Federation
Canadian River Mills Canyon Restoration Project Phase 1
2019 Cottonwood and willow restoration collaboration with NMDG&F and US Forest Service the Kiowa National Grassland
Huey Wildlife Management Area Artesia NM
2020 Rio Grande Return restoration crew working at the Huey WMA in the cold planting 17,500 coyote willows, 125 cottonwoods and 30 goodings willow.
State Land Bosque Restoration Bernalillo County
2020 Rio Grande Restoration Crew clearing the non-native trees from the State Lands adjacent to the Valle de Oro NWR.
- Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust
- New Mexico Land Conservancy
- Quivera Coalition
- Rio Grande Restoration
- New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
- Trust for Public Land
- River Source
- Save Our Bosque Task Force
- Bosque del Apache NWR
- Valle de Oro NWR
- Sevilleta NWR
- Ducks Unlimited
- WildEarth Guardians
- New Mexico Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau
- Keystone Restoration Ecology