Rio Grande by A. Molles
Mjddle Rio Grande Bosque Initiative


MIDDLE RIO GRANDE ECOSYSTEM: BOSQUE BIOLOGICAL MANAGEMENT PLAN and UPDATE
(Crawford et al. 1993, Robert, 2005)

SUMMARY LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS

RECOMMENDATION 1: Coordinate Rio Grande water management activities to support and improve the bosque's riverine and terrestrial habitats, with special emphasis on mimicking typical natural hydrographs.

RECOMMENDATION 2: Implement measures to allow fluvial processes to occur within the river channel and the adjacent bosque to the extent possible

RECOMMENDATION 3: Reintroduce the dynamics of surface-water/ground-water exchange, manage ground-water withdrawal, and restrict contamination.

RECOMMENDATION 4: Protect, extend, and enhance the structure of aquatic habitat to the benefit of native communities.

RECOMMENDATION 5: Protect and enhance surface-water quality

RECOMMENDATION 6: Integrate management of nonnative and native fish species in all aquatic environments in the Middle Rio Grande riparian ecosystem including wetlands, canals, and drains.

RECOMMENDATION 7: Protect the geographic extent of the Rio Grande bosque and avoid further fragmentation of the riparian ecosystem and component habitats.

RECOMMENDATION 8: Protect, extend, and enhance riparian vegetation in noncontiguous areas in the floodplain.

RECOMMENDATION 9: Manage the buffer zone of the contiguous bosque to protect ecosystem processes, enhance wildlife habitat values, and maintain rural and semirural conditions.

RECOMMENDATION 10: Manage livestock grazing in a manner compatible with biological quality and ecosystem integrity.

RECOMMENDATION 11: Manage activities that remove dead wood in a manner compatible with biological quality and ecosystem integrity.

RECOMMENDATION 12: Manage recreational activities in the bosque in a manner compatible with biological quality and ecosystem integrity.

RECOMMENDATION 13: Prevent unmanaged fires in all reaches of the bosque.

RECOMMENDATION 14: Use native plant species and local genetic stock in vegetation establishment and management efforts throughout the bosque.

RECOMMENDATION 15: Protect, enhance, and extend (create) wetlands throughout the Middle Rio Grande riparian zone.

RECOMMENDATION 16: Sustain and enhance existing cottonwood communities, and create new native cottonwood communities wherever possible throughout the Middle Rio Grande riparian zone.

RECOMMENDATION 17: Contain the expansion of existing large stands of nonnative vegetation in the Middle Rio Grande riparian zone. At the same time, study the ecology of these stands and develop creative ways of maximizing their biological values.

RECOMMENDATION 18: Develop a coordinated program to monitor biological quality (with emphasis on the diversity and abundance of native species) and ecosystem integrity (with emphasis on restoring the functional connection between the river and riparian zone) of the Middle Rio Grande ecosystem.

RECOMMENDATION 19: Develop a coordinated research program to study the ecological processes and biotic communities that characterize the Middle Rio Grande riparian ecosystem.

RECOMMENDATION 20: Regularly review and update the Middle Rio Grande Ecosystem: Bosque Biological Management Plan.

RECOMMENDATION 21: Integrate resources management activities along the Rio Grande and within the contributing watersheds to protect and enhance biological quality and ecosystem integrity.

RECOMMENDATION 22: Develop outreach initiatives through public education programs and events, and community participation activities and projects, to broaden public understanding of and generate more active interest in bosque restoration and river ecosystem management in the Middle Rio Grande.

Click here to open an excerpt of the Middle Rio Grande Ecosystem: Bosque Biological Management Plan, which includes full descriptions of the twenty-one recommendations (pdf document 7.4 MB, 66 p).


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