Rio Grande by A. Molles
Middle Rio Grande Bosque Initiative: FY 2001 Projects
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RESEARCH
Research-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.
Development of a Micro-Flooding Pump System to Enable Natural Cottonwood Regeneration Middle Rio Grande Bosque Corridor MiniMax, Inc. 1999-2001 Development of a self-contained, automated pump system to produce localized irrigation from a shallow well during normal cotton dispersal, germination and seedling growth in the bosque; three active field sites with 115 cottonwood seedling are located in a 30-year old bosque burn site in Corrales.
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.
River Bars of the Middle Rio Grande 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.
Regional Assessment of Soil Salinity in the Rio Grande Floodplain Rio Grande Floodplain New Mexico Tech 1999-2001 Study to establish a relationship between remote sensed imagery and soil salinity which will allow for prediction of soil salinity of large areas of the Rio Grande Bosque.
FLO-2D Model Presentation Manipulations Middle Rio Grande U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

2001

A two-dimensional flow model will be used for river restoration design and flood plain delineation and to distinguish the 10,000 cfs and 100-year flood on the reach of river from San Acacia Dam to the headwaters of Elephant Butte Reservoir.
Riparian Ecosystem Restoration: Effects of Flooding and Vegetation Type on Evapotranspiration along the Rio Grande 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.
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.
Santa Ana Bosque Restoration Project Pueblo of Santa Ana Pueblo of Santa Ana

2001

Wildlife and vegetation monitoring program to assess changes associated with the Pueblo's bosque restoration efforts.
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.
Endangered Species Monitoring on Private Lands Socorro County Socorro Save Our Bosque Task Force

2001

Perform comprehensive surveys for endangered species occurrence on private lands within Socorro County.
Willow Flycatcher Surveys Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge

2001-2002

Perform southwestern willow flycatcher surveys on Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge.
HABITAT ENHANCEMENT
Feasibility Study of Easement/ Restoration Program along the Rio Grande Rio Grande floodplain, Socorro County Socorro Save Our Bosque Task Force 2001 Assessment of land ownership, access/utilities, vegetation, floodplain delineation, etc., and estimate of restoration costs based on exotic vegetation component for a potential restoration program along the Rio Grande floodplain.
Demonstration Project: Regeneration of Bosque Cottonwood within Decrepit Stands Using the SPRED Groundwater Redistribution System Corrales Bosque Preserve MiniMax, Inc. 2001 Transplant up to 100 cottonwood seedlings in the Corrales Bosque Preserve following removal of excess fuel and exotic species and demonstration of the SPRED groundwater redistribution system.
San Antonio Oxbow Wetland and Riparian Restoration Project San Antonio Oxbow Wetland City of Albuquerque/ Open Space Division

2001

Removal of sediment/dam material and cattail and trenching for creation of a continuous waterway through the oxbow to the river.
Save Our Bosque Task Force/Socorro County Bosque Rehabilitation/ Protection Project Middle Rio Grande Bosque Corridor Socorro County 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.
Phase II Salt cedar Control - Unit 32 Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge 1999-2001 Saltcedar control, aerial clearing, root plowing and root raking of 200 acres on Bosque del Apache NWR for conversion to riparian and moist soil habitats.
Pilot Restoration Project I on the Rio Grande Socorro County Socorro Save Our Bosque Task Force 2001 Removal of young exotic vegetation from a river point bar, removal of mature exotic tree species from a saltgrass meadow area, and planting of appropriate native vegetation from saltgrass meadow area; demonstration project on 17 acres of wetland.
Pilot Restoration Project II on the Rio Grande Socorro County Socorro Save Our Bosque Task Force 2001 Removal of exotic species and revegetation with suitable native species of trees to replace the existing open structure of the area east of Escondida Drain and removal of exotic trees and open ground maintenance to restore native vegetation west of the drain; demonstration project on 25 acres of wetland.
Polvadera Wetland Polvadera, NM U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Partners Program 2001 Creation of 0.5-acre wildlife wetland and associated 0.5-acre riparian and upland habitat on former Rio Grande floodplain at Polvadera, NM.
Protect Native Forests from Wildfire Bosque del Apache Bosque del Apache 2001 Mechanical removal of saltcedar from 100-foot wide firebreaks constructed around four large blocks consisting of about 80 acres and treatment of 35 acres of saltcedar regrowth on Bosque del Apache NWR.
Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District bosque fuels reduction Middle Rio Grande Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District 1999-ongoing Mechanical removal of dead and down wood and exotic trees, treatment of cut stumps; downed woody material will be bucked and piled; large diameter wood will be provided to the community and small diameter material will be chipped and/or burned.
Bosque Fuel Reduction Project Middle Rio Grande Bosque Corridor City of Albuquerque/ Open Space Division 2001-ongoing 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.
Fire Breaks on Flood Plain of Rio Grande, Socorro County Socorro County Socorro Soil and Water Conservation District

2001

Construction of 200-foot wide firebreaks around designated forests where endangered species clearance and private land owner permission has been obtained, understory clearing of exotic vegetation in areas where dense, tall vegetation would carry flames into canopy, and planting of native grasses to control return of exotic species of trees and noxious weeds, and clearing of exotic vegetation clogging arroyo mouths and reconnecting of arroyos.
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.
Jemez-USFW 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.
Removal of Salt Cedar and Other Exotics Sevilleta NWR Sevilleta NWR

2001

Removal of salt cedar from the San Lorenzo Canyon area.
Pueblo of Sandia Restoration Project Pueblo of Sandia Pueblo of Sandia 2001-ongoing Restoration project to improve native wildlife by replacing non-native plant species with appropriate native plant species.
Restoration along Los Chavez Drain near Los Lunas Valencia County U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Partners Program

2001

Implementation of an erosion control pilot project to remove non-native vegetation along a 1-mile section of the Los Chavez Drain near Los Lunas, NM, to reshape the ditch to a flatter slope, and to revegetate the ditch banks with native vegetation.
Pueblo de Cochiti Restoration Project Pueblo of Cochiti Pueblo of Cochiti 2001-ongoing Restoration project to protect and rehabilitate the bosque enhancing the biodiversity and ecological resources within the boundaries of the Pueblo de Cochiti.
OUTREACH
Bosque Education Guide Update -- Year 2 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 education standards.
Restoring the Middle Rio Grande: A Community Action Plan 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.
Bosque Hydrology Group Rio Grande Bosque U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Continuous since 1996 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.
Rio Grande Ecology Institute (Year 2) 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.
Albuquerque Bosque Restoration - Public Education and Participation Tingley Park in Albuquerque, NM Rio Grande Restoration

2001

Expand public education and recruit and organize community involvement in ecological restoration of 5-acres of a 10-acre site along Tingley Drive.
Student Ecology Research Middle Rio Grande Bosque Corridor New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science 2000-2002 Provide research education and experience for 48-60 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.
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 Ecosystem: Bosque Biological Management Plan Update and Implementation Project 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.).

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