Rio Grande by A. Molles
Middle Rio Grande Bosque Initative: FY 2002 Projects
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RESEARCH
Water Use by Middle Rio Grande Phreatophytes, Monitoring the contributions of Russian Olive, Saltcedar, and Cottonwood Middle Rio Grande Bosque Corridor University of New Mexico 1998-2002 Study to determine annual evapotranspiration (ET) rates for native and non-native riparian plant communities; assess the effect of flooding on annual ET; evaluate inter-annual variability in ET; and contribute calibration parameters to the Middle Rio Grande water budget.
Bosque Hydrology Group, FLO 2D Workgroup Middle Rio Grande Bosque Corridor U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1998-2002 Coordinate and synthesize hydrologic data within the Middle Rio Grande as they relate to the restoration of the bosque and maintain web page for information distribution
River Bars of the Middle Rio Grande -- Phase II Middle Rio Grande University of New Mexico, New Mexico Natural Heritage Program 1999-2004 Study to evaluate the range of biological variability of river bars in relation to environmental characteristics aiding the conservation, restoration and enhancement of ecological values
Ecology of Tall Whitetop in the Upper/Middle Rio Grande Ecosystem Upper and Middle Rio Grande University of Missouri, Gaylord Laboratory 1999-2002 Study to evaluate control practices of tall whitetop, an invasive plant that compromises natural ecosystems; results may potentially identify treatments to reduce established stands
Restoration of Native Riparian Flora Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Texas Tech University 1997-2002 Research project to provide requisite knowledge to maximize native riparian flora recruitment on active river floodplain and on controlled flooding areas outside the floodplain
Jardines del Bosque Research Station: Urban Ecology on the Rio Grande Middle Rio Grande Bosque Corridor National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico 2000-2002 Establishment of a Research Center located within the Cultural Center facility and adjacent 12-acre bosque site that will serve as an outdoor laboratory and study center for the community to learn and research the wildlife and natural habitat of the bosque.
Middle Rio Grande FLO-2D Model Development and Calibration Proposal for Middle Rio Grande Bosque Initiative Middle Rio Grande and the Bosque Corridor Tetra Tech, Inc 2002 Provide calibration and detailed model application of the Middle Rio Grande FLO-2D Model that will be used to predict overbank flooding and floodwave attenuation on the Middle Rio Grande. Model results will aid in restoration planning.
Habitat Requirements of the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher in the Middle Rio Grande Valley Middle Rio Grande and the Bosque Corridor University of New Mexico 2002 Assess the habitat requirements of the southwestern willow flycatcher to better understand the endangered bird's nesting and territory selection process.
MONITORING
Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) Middle Rio Grande Bosque Corridor University of New Mexico/Bosque School 1998-2002 Long term ecological monitoring using an outreach approach for participants to understand the changing dynamics of the Middle Rio Grande riparian forest
Willow Flycatcher Surveys Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge 2001-2002 Perform southwestern willow flycatcher surveys on Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge.
Rio Grande Water Quality Monitoring Middle Rio
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Pueblo of Sandia 2002 Implement surface-water monitoring and establish a baseline of water-quality parameters in the Rio Grande from NM44 south to Alameda Bridge.
Socorro County Invasive/Noxious Weed Management Area Control Project Middle Rio Grande Bosque Corridor in Socorro County Socorro Soil and Water Conservation District 2002 Removal of noxious weed species to enhance riparian zones, wetland areas, reduce fire danger, and protect the ecosystem.
Monitoring the breeding population of raptors and owls in the Middle Rio Grande riparian corridor Middle Rio Grande Bosque Corridor Hawks Aloft, Inc. 2002 Conduct a complete survey of the population of breeding raptors and owls to determine species composition and breeding pair density, monitor active nests for success, productivity, food habits, habitat characteristics, and disturbance factors.
Willow Flycatcher Survey - 2002 Pueblo of Isleta Pueblo of Isleta 2002 Locate and monitor southwestern willow flycatchers on the Pueblo of Isleta in order to better identify choice habitat areas, nesting sites, and population numbers.
HABITAT ENHANCEMENT
Save Our Bosque Task Force/Socorro County Bosque Rehabilitation/Protection Project Middle Rio Grande Bosque Corridor Socorro Save Our Bosque Task Force 1997-2002 Exotic species control/fuels reduction in and around cottonwood and willow stands between San Acacia Dam and the north boundary of Bosque del Apache NWR, using manual and mechanical treatment and individual herbicide application
Los Lunas River Park Project Los Lunas, NM Tree New Mexico, Inc. 2001-2002 Restoration and establishment of a mixed-use River Park area along the Rio Grande.
San Acacia to San Marcial Reach of the Rio Grande; Restoration and Rehabilitation Plan Middle Rio Grande Bosque Corridor from San Acacia to San Marcial Socorro Save Our Bosque Task Force 2002 Consolidate existing restoration and rehabilitation plans and biotic and abiotic information for the Rio Grande "active" floodplain from San Acacia to San Marcial; product will be a comprehensive conceptual restoration plan.
Fuel Reduction Research and Prescription Implementation Project Rio Grande Valley State Park City of Albuquerque/Open Space Division 2001 - 2002 Removal of fuel loads including branches, leaves, dead trees and exotic species on 50 acres of Rio Grande Valley State Park; included are follow-up spraying of exotic species and planting of native understory.
Los Poblanos Field Wetland Albuquerque, NM City of Albuquerque/Open Space Division 2002 Create a 5-acre wetland for use by migrating and resident birds and other wildlife species.
Unit 34A Riparian Wetland Development Bosque del Apache NWR Bosque del Apache NWR 2002 Develop a quality southwestern willow flycatcher habitat on Bosque del Apache NWR.
Bosque Pond Restoration Pueblo of Sandia Pueblo of Sandia 2002 Enhance and restore six surface-water ponds located in the Pueblo of Sandia Bosque to their historical state: natural wetlands.
Implementation Plan for Bosque Biological Management Plan Middle Rio Grande Rio Grande Restoration 2001-2002 Development of an update and implementation plan that will supplement the Middle Rio Grande Ecosystem: Bosque Biological Management Plan (1993, C.S. Crawford, et. al.).
Stream habitat restoration on Las Huertas Creek, a tributary to the Rio Grande north of Albuquerque (Private Land Project) Placitas, NM U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program 2002 Halt erosion occurring on a 2,600 foot section of Las Huertas Creek, stabilize the channel bottom and stream banks, and restore native vegetation to maintain a stable channel.
The Restoration of the Bosque Ecosystem from the Cochiti Dam Outlet to the Southern Reservation Boundary, Pueblo de Cochiti, Cochiti NM Pueblo de Cochiti Pueblo de Cochiti 2002 Restoration project to protect and rehabilitate the bosque enhancing the biodiversity and ecological resources within the boundaries of the Pueblo de Cochiti.
Brush Removal and Fire Break Project Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge 2001-2002 Removal of salt cedar growing along the Rio Grande and creation of a fire break to help preserve the larger, mature cottonwoods in wetland area of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge.
Pueblo of Jemez -- Bosque Improvement Project Jemez River riparian corridor Pueblo of Jemez 2001-2002 Removal and treatment of saltcedar and Russian olive plants within 200 acres of riparian habitat along the Jemez River; prior to restoration activities, the Pueblo will conduct baseline flora and fauna surveys.
OUTREACH
Bosque Education Guide - Update and Educator's Training/Support Middle Rio Grande Bosque Corridor Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center 2000-2002 Update of education guide expanding current activities to address mitigation, water planning, and other timely topics, create new activities for a broader target audience, update information on contacts, natural history, resources, etc., and cross-reference to State Education Standards. FY02-Provide teacher training/support.
The Rio Grande Ecology Institute Rio Grande Nature Center Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center 2000-2002 Four-week summer program designed for high school sophomores and juniors to study the biology, hydrology, water management, aquatic ecology and endangered species of the bosque
Private Land Conservation along the Middle Rio Grande to Enable Habitat Restoration Middle Rio Grande Bosque Corridor Taos Land Trust 2002 Develop tools to educate landowners in the Middle Rio Grande about conservation easements and provide information on how conservation easements will enable habitat restoration in the floodplain.
Student Ecology Research Project Middle Rio Grande Bosque Corridor New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science 2000-2002 Provide research education and experience for students from Bernalillo, Los Lunas, Belen, and Socorro high schools; training opportunities in aquatic and terrestrial ecology research techniques, design and implementation of long-term monitoring sites in each community
Develop Educational Materials and Positive Relationships with Local Communities Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge 2001-2002 Development and implementation of an educational curriculum that focuses on the importance of the cottonwood bosque/riverine habitat and ways in which community members can work toward enhancing, restoring, and saving the native riparian forests.
Restoring the Middle Rio Grande: A Community Action Plan--Next steps: Creation of the "Bosque Caucus" and a Bosque Speaker's Bureau Middle Rio Grande Valley Rio Grande Restoration 2000-2002 Develop and implement a River Advocate training program to enable participants to become further informed about the river and to explore complex issues and action opportunities

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