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Rio Grande Canalization Project - Pilot Restoration Sites

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Below are photos of active restoration work being conducted by USIBWC in the Rio Grande Canalization Project. Currently, the work is being performed by US Fish and Wildlife

Crow Canyon A and B near Hatch, NM
Dense riparian shrub habitat perfect for the Southwestern Willow flycatcher, June 2012 Native willows returning to the floodplain after mowing activities were ceased. May 2012

Large saltcedars mixed with willows in the riparian zone, before treatment,
Summer 2010

Saltcedar throughout the site, before treatment,
August 2011

Native willows returning to the floodplain May 2012 after mowing activities were ceased Dense riparian shrub habitat suitable for the endangered Southwestern Willow flycatcher,

Native willows returning to the floodplain after mowing activities were ceased in 2010,
May 2011

Dense riparian shrub habitat suitable for the endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher,
June 2011

Willows and native vegetation (including a wide variety of native grasses and bulrush) returning to the riparian zone, Native salt grass and sacaton grasses replacing the treated saltcedar near the river bank,

Native vegetation and willows (including a wide variety of native grasses and bulrush) returning to the riparian zone, August 2012

Native saltgrass and sacaton grasses replacing the treated saltcedar near the river bank, August 2012

Cottonwood plantings, August 2012 Willows, native grasses, and native vegetation thriving, August 2012

Cottonwood plantings on Crow Canyon A, August 2012

Native saltgrass and sacaton grasses replacing the treated saltcedar near the river bank, August 2012

 

Broad Canyon near Radium Springs, NM
Saltcedar stands along the river, before treatment, August 2011 Looking downstream at rapids in River at Mouth of Broad Canyon 1940

Saltcedar stands along the river, before treatment, August 2011

Looking downstream at the rapids in the river at the Mouth of Broad Canyon Arroyo, April 25, 1940

Saltcedar stands along the river, before treatment August 2011 Pole planting along the riparian zone, May 2012

Saltcedar stands along the river, before treatment, summer 2011

Pole Planting along the riparian zone, May 2012

20 acres of dense saltcedars were removed by excavators in spring of 2012 Saltcedar removed by excavators in spring of 2012

20 acres of dense saltcedar were removed by excavators in spring 2012

Saltcedar debris piles, May 2012

Non-native saltcedar removal Pole planting along the riparian zone August 2012

Saltcedar debris piles, May 2012

Pole plantings along the riparian zone August 2012

IBWC and USFWS staff posting habitat restoration signs along the bank August 2012 Native wolfberry along waters edge, September 2012

Saltcedar stands along the river in August 2011. 20 acres of these dense saltcedars were removed by excavators in spring 2012.

Native wolfberry growing along water's edge, September 2012

 

Leasburg Lateral near Fort Selden, NM
Saltcedar along river bank, before treatment May 2010 Saltcedar along river bank, before treatment and before plantings May 2012

Pole plantings of native trees budding in spring 2012

Leasburg Lateral restoration site with pole plantings, May 2012

Green Zone along the bank August 2012 Leasburg Lateral restoration site with pole plantings, August 2012

"Green Zone" along the bank August 2012

Leasburg Lateral restoration site with pole plantings, mostly black willows, August 2012

Pole plantings of native trees budding in spring 2012 Leasburg Lateral restoration site with pole plantings, May 2012

Pole plantings of native trees budding in spring 2012

Leasburg Lateral restoration site with pole plantings, May 2012

Black willow pole plantings July 2012 Native saltgrass at Leasburg, July 2012

Black willow pole plantings, July 2012

Leasburg Lateral restoration site with pole plantings, May 2012

USFWS and IBWC staff posting a restoration sign, September 2012 IBWC and USFWS staff posting restoration site markers, August 2012

IBWC and USFWS staff posting environmental stewardship program sign, September 2012

IBWC and USFWS staff posting restoration site markers, August 2012

 

Mesilla East near Mesilla, NM
Mesilla before restoration work, with large saltcedar shrubs, summer 2011 Saltcedar on bank and floodplain, before treatment summer 2011

Pole plantings of native trees budding in spring 2012

Leasburg Lateral restoration site with pole plantings, May 2012

Willow pole plantings and treated saltcedar July 2012 Treated saltcedar, with native saltgrass growing around it, July 2012

Willow pole plantings and treated saltcedar, July 2012

Treated saltcedar, with native saltcedar starting to grow around it, July 2012

young native willows returning to riparian zone July 2012 Cottonwood and willow pole plantings, July 2012

Young native willows returning to the riparian zone, July 2012

Cottonwood and willow pole plantings , July 2012

Honey mesquite amid native saltgrass August 2012 New Mexico Olive tree springing up amid native saltgrass, August 2012

Honey mesquite amid native saltgrass, August 2012

New Mexico Olive tree springing up amid native saltgrass, August 2012

 

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