Resource Management

Cultivated crop rows / USFWS

The refuge is currently made up of alfalfa and hay fields, an old milking barn from when the site was home to Price’s Dairy (1920s to 1990s), and some residential structures that were previously used as staff housing. Eventually, these farm fields will be planted with native plants for the benefit of wildlife.

The restoration of native habitats has begun. Since 2018, we have worked with Partners and volunteers to expand the Bosque habitat into the refuge, created the playa wetland, with two additional wetlands under construction, and the regrowth of naturally occurring grasses and uplands habitats. The different habitats within a small area will create rich opportunities for diverse wildlife viewing. Cooperative farming was phased out in 2020.  

Resource management efforts for the urban refuge will focus not only on restoring habitat for the benefit of wildlife, but creating opportunities to further the wildlife conservation mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

To do this, the refuge’s management priorities are focused on:

  • Partnership opportunities with educational institutions and resource agencies
  • Educational opportunities for urban youth
  • Trail connection to the Bosque and Rio Grande 
  • Enhanced public recreation 
  • Preservation of open space in metro-Albuquerque
  • Potential ecotourism opportunities that support the local economy
  • Demonstration area for restored riparian habitat
  • Water use for on-site restoration and Rio Grande environmental flows