Rio Grande by A. Molles
Middle Rio Grande Bosque Initiative


Projects funded by the Middle Rio Grande Bosque Initiative (MRGBI) are funded on the basis of applicability to the following four categories: Research, Monitoring, Habitat Enhancement, and Outreach. A single project may consist of components of each of these categories. However, listings of projects on maps and in tables are grouped according to the primary project category.

Projects funded by MRGBI are sponsored by a diversity of participants.

Projects by Fiscal Year
Navigate to table of projects funded in fiscal year 2001
Navigate to table of projects funded in fiscal year 2002
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MRGBI accomplishments
Fiscal year budgets
Summary statistics

Category Descriptions

Projects in this category consist primarily of original research studies focused on the ecological processes and biotic communities that characterize the Middle Rio Grande ecosystem. Research may be carried out by academic institutions, federal and state agencies, or non-profit organizations. Studies may cover a wide variety of topics and span spatial scales ranging from site-specific to basin-wide areas of emphasis.

Projects in this category are comprised of coordinated programs to monitor the biological quality and ecosystem integrity of the Middle Rio Grande ecosystem. Programs that focus on biological quality emphasize the diversity and abundance of native and endangered species. Programs that focus on ecosystem integrity emphasize the functional connection between the river and the bosque.

Habitat Enhancement
Projects in this category are characterized by one or more of the following foci:

cottonwood leaf The implementation of measures that allow fluvial processes to occur within the river channel and the adjacent bosque.
cottonwood leaf The reintroduction of the dynamics of surface-water/groundwater exchange.
cottonwood leaf The creation of policies to protect the geographic extent of the Rio Grande bosque from further fragmentation.
cottonwood leaf The protection and enhancement of existing riparian vegetation in noncontiguous areas of the flood plain by building firebreaks, removing of non-native vegetation, removing dead wood in a manner compatible with biological quality and ecosystem integrity, reestablishing native vegetation, or creating habitat corridors between patches of bosque.
cottonwood leaf The containment of the expansion of existing large stands of non-native vegetation.
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The creation or enhancement of wetlands throughout the bosque.

Projects in this category focus on education, skills training, and the communication. Educational projects may target students in elementary schools, high schools, or public citizens. Educational projects may entail the development of curricula, internships, natural history and ecology classes, and community or research projects done by students. Students participating in these projects gain valuable skills, such as learning how to work in a variety of organizational environments or learning how to design and perform research experiments. Communication-based projects seek to increase the sharing of existing information about the Middle Rio Grande ecosystem across populations, be they state and federal agencies, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, or interested citizens.

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