Restore New Mexico Program
Restore New Mexico Overview
The Restore New Mexico Program was started in 2005 in an effort to return areas that have been disturbed to a healthier state. This program has evolved into one of the most ambitions landscape scale restoration and reclamation projects in the nation. Multiple state, local and federal agencies as well as private landowners and business’ are participating all in an effort to improve our state’s wildlands for the benefit of everyone.
Landscape scale brush control projects have a positive impact on our environment. Working with various agencies, land owners and allotment leasees, we have been able to “ignore the lines on the map” and treat vast areas of land regardless of ownership in order to return them to a historically healthy plant regime.
Aerial application of herbicide on mesquite.
Grass regrowth on an area that has been treated and mesquite and greasewood across the fence in an untreated area.
Oil and Gas Reclamation
Abandoned oil and gas production/exploration pads as well as roads and caliche pits dot our landscape. These abandoned sites create an unhealthy environment for our wildlife. By removing the caliche from these sites and reseeding with native blends, we are helping to create a seamless habitat for our wildlife and livestock to thrive in.
Abandoned road reclamation.
Caliche pit during reclamation and after.
Abandoned well pad before, during and after reclamation.
Salt cedar was first noticed on the Pecos River around 1912 -1914. Since then it has spread throughout the basin. It is estimated that the consumptive use of water by salt cedars in some areas of the Pecos River Basin may be as much as 4.15 acre-feet per acre per year. Also, phreatophyte invasion onto rangelands has decreased forage available for pasture grazing for both wildlife and livestock. This program is aimed at reducing the amount of salt cedar that grows in our riparian areas and return these areas to a more healthy native state.
Salt cedar along Delaware River, typical of Pecos River watershed; Pecos river with salt cedar extracted and native grasses and vegetation re-establishing.