*Restoration Program Overview

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 

2013 Buckman Restoration I. These volunteers helped clean up over 4 tons of garbage.

Buckman River Stewards Phase II


2014 The non-native trees have been removed and the trails along the Rio Grande are now more accessible

Diablo Canyon Spring Restoration

IMG_20140523_144312_7012014 Removing non-native trees and creating a large cross vane in the Canada Ancha Arroyo in Diablo Canyon

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

IMG_10042020 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.


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