Since 2006 Rio Grande Return has played a leading role in the protection, restoration and enhancement of thousands of acres of springs, creeks, associated wetlands and agricultural lands on tribal, public and private lands in New Mexico.

In 2020, we expanded our staff to include an on-the-ground restoration team, focused on riparian restoration through revegetation efforts, removal of invasive vegetation, and in-stream installations. For more information on our restoration efforts, including the restoration work facilitated by Rio Grande Return since 2009, check out our Restoration Program page.

In 2021, we expanded our scope to include a Habitat Conservation Program, which encompasses native plant propagation and agricultural field conversions to wildlife habitat.

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Loading material for in-stream woody structures on the Rio San Antonio, Carson National Forest, 2020.