Rio Grande Return
We use low-touch conservation techniques to restore New Mexican land. Minimal touch means maximum outcome.
Explore our Work in Restoration and Habitat Conservation
Riparian restoration through revegetative efforts, removal of invasive vegetation, and in-stream installations.
Native plant propagation and conversion of agricultural fields into wildlife habitat.
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Beavers return to New Mexico!
Rio Grande Return’s work on beaver dam analogs is reshaping the world of riparian restoration. Beavers play a crucial role in the health of riparian ecosystems and also act as nature’s firefighters, which in the southwest are extremely valuable in combating the area’s wildfires. Check out some footage from the field to see a completed beaver dam analog along San Antonio Creek and a special appearance by the beaver’s riparian associate, the muskrat.
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We all have a responsibility to repair what we’ve broken. Our restoration and conservation work is made possible through federal, state, and private funders like you.
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Harvey Jones Bioswale in the News
Thanks to the Albuquerque Journal and to the Santa Fe Reporter for sharing lovely articles on our recent planting project along the Harvey Jones Channel in Corrales. Thanks also to PBS for the video below showing what...
State Land Office Monitoring
Santa Fe County, NM and Socorro County, NM In Fall 2021, we conducted Year 2 monitoring on two State Land Office parcels as part of an effort to better understand the impacts of land management practices and...
Harvey Jones Channel
Corrales, NM A bend in the swale: during planting, after planting, after water release. The Harvey Jones Bioswale is a green stormwater infrastructure project implemented as a collaboration between TNC (The Nature...