Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM
Goals of this project include improving alluvial fan function and wet meadow/wetland health, mitigating fire impacts, stabilizing the degrading channel, improving water quality, and re-establishing and protecting riparian vegetation. Funding for this work was provided by The Nature Conservancy and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and was supported by the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Additional re-planting of previously planted sites was funded by Los Amigos de Valles Caldera.
Phase 1 – Structure installation, 2020
Working alongside an excavator to install sod/rock and sod/wood structures to slow erosion within Redondo creek, to elevate the incised channel, to facilitate increased floodplain connectivity, and to grow the wetted extent along the stream.
Building sod plugs to reconnect this old, incised channel within Redondo Meadow to the elevation of the adjacent surface, which was historically part of a now much reduced wetland complex. Our aim is to aid in the restoration of the wetland by elevating the water table throughout the reach and promoting surface flow across the landscape rather than concentrated flow within the incised channel.
Phase 2 – Wetland revegetation and protection, 2021
In progress – check back for photos and more info soon!