Regenerating agricultural lands into native habitat
The constructed habitats of the Middle Rio Grande are often described as a string of pearls. The value of these habitats for migrating and resident wildlife is enormous, and the effort to reclaim lands for their benefit and ours is ongoing. Rio Grande Return has long been influential in adding pearls to the string. The Habitat Conservation Program advocates for policies and projects that will protect and extend that vision.
Habitat Conservation Projects
Native Seed Propagation
Generating dynamic habitats by design is utterly reliant on our ability to source diverse native plant materials. To ensure the most locally appropriate plants are included in our habitat conservation plans, we are growing native seed in agricultural settings, and we are working with land managers and local nurseries to collect and increase wild populations of native plants and seed. Seed from native plants grown at the seed farm are planted on former hay fields as part of the transition from traditional agriculture to wildlife refuge.