We're hiring now for 2021 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crew members! The Rio Grande Return Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer/fall employment program that engages young people in meaningful work experiences while developing an ethic of environmental stewardship and civic responsibility. Crew members will gain skills relevant to careers in forestry, natural resource and … Continue reading Hiring: Youth Conservation Corps crew members!
Planting willow and cottonwood along the Santa Fe River along the River Trail between Frenchy's Field and Siler Road. Plantings receiving a well-timed release of water.
Phase 1: Removal of non-native trees, 2020 Russian elm, salt cedar and Russian olive trees were removed using an excavator and chainsaws. Pictured is a massive pile of elm, waiting to be cut into movable pieces and then run through a chipper. This large elm was removed from the streambed and chipped, leaving the stand … Continue reading Coyote Springs
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. 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 … Continue reading Redondo Meadow
2020 Construction of Beaver Dam Analogs (BDAs) and Post Assisted Log Structures (PALS) along the Rio Chamita within the Sargent Wildlife Area.
A sampling of the BDAs (Beaver Dam Analogs) we have built along San Antonio Creek, including a post-less BDA. Our BDAs have mostly utilized posts as anchors to lodge other woody materials against, in order to create robust structures. Surface bedrock along some stretches of stream posed a creative challenge and opportunity to construct some … Continue reading San Antonio Creek
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2020 Rio Grande Restoration Crew clearing the non-native trees from the State Lands adjacent to the Valle de Oro NWR.
Planting 17,500 Coyote willow, 125 cottonwood and 30 Gooddings willow at the Huey WMA in 2020, near Artesia, NM.
2019 COTTONWOOD AND WILLOW RESTORATION COLLABORATION WITH NMDG&F AND US FOREST SERVICE IN THE KIOWA NATIONAL GRASSLAND
Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Cooperative Agreement I 2020 Planting cottonwood poles with 60 volunteers from the Albuquerque Wildlife Federation
2017 Planting 1000 cottonwoods & Goodings willow, 15,000 coyote willow, 400 native forage plants & 12,000 saltgrass plugs at the Valle de Oro NWR
2014 Removing non-native trees and creating a large cross vane in the Canada Ancha Arroyo in Diablo Canyon
2014 The non-native trees have been removed and the trails along the Rio Grande are now more accessible
2010 A collaborative project with Keystone Restoration Ecology to help restore a degraded arroyo at Hamaatsa - Larry Littlebirds Wild Land Sanctuary.
Abstract The importance of the #MeToo movement can be seen in a larger context in terms of its value to environmental and wildlife protection. This is not merely a social movement and reorganization of gender roles, #MeToo has far ranging implications as we begin to claim the inherent importance of relationality. For too long we have … Continue reading #MeToo and Wildlife Protection presented to The Wildlife Society, Cleveland 2018
Restoration: Land, Spirit and Water HAMAATSA is an indigenous continuum learning center committed to sustainable living, spiritual wholeness and cultural restoration. OUR MISSION is to provide servant leadership models for living simply and sustainably on the land integrating healing systems from traditional cultures; to restore indigenous life-ways and land stewardship principles through experiential land-based learning. For … Continue reading Hamaatsa
North American Wetland Conservation Act: Rio Grande Return works to return wetland funding to New Mexico. Before his untimely death, John Taylor, one of the main visionaries for Bosque del Apache, procured two million dollar grants from the North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) - a fund set up through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife … Continue reading North American Wetland Conservation Act, Phase I