Past Projects





Bosque del Apache

2021 clearing of invasive trees from 350 acres on the Bosque del Apache NWR.

San Antonio Creek

2020 expansion on previous restoration efforts along San Antonio Creek, including construction of in-stream structures and exclosure fencing, as well as erosion control work.

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.

Huey Wildlife Management Area

2020 Rio Grande Return restoration crew working at the Huey WMA in the cold planting 17,500 coyote willows, 125 cottonwoods and 30 Gooddings willow.

Canadian River Mills Canyon Restoration Project Phase I

2019 Cottonwood and willow revegetation collaboration with New Mexico Department of Game & Fish 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.

Valle de Oro NWR River Stewards Restoration Phase I

2017 Planting of 1000 cottonwoods & Gooddings willow, 15,000 coyote willow, 400 native forage plants & 12,000 saltgrass plugs at the Valle de Oro NWR.

Diablo Canyon Spring Restoration

2014 Removing non-native trees and creating a large cross vane in the Canada Ancha Arroyo in Diablo Canyon

Buckman River Stewards Phase II

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

Hamaasta Watershed Restoration

2010 A collaborative project with Keystone Restoration Ecology to help restore a degraded arroyo at Hamaatsa – Larry Littlebird’s Wild Land Sanctuary.

Zia Pueblo Spring Restoration

Zia Pueblo Spring Restoration

2009 Collaboration between Zia Pueblo, Rio Grande Return and Keystone Restoration Ecology to restore two sacred springs in the Ojito Wilderness.

Buckman River Ecosystem Restoration Initiative Phase I

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