Galisteo Watershed Conservation Initiative
This two part initiative developed a Green Infrastructure Plan for the Galisteo Watershed and implemented the Conservation and Restoration Pilot Project based on the Green Infrastructure Plan’s conclusions and recommendations to evaluate planning outcomes and verify that the plan was ready for practical implementation. This document was developed in collaboration with the Santa Fe Conservation Trust.
Caring for Good Trails
This guide describes essential maintenance considerations for unimproved, single-track, backcountry trails for middle-elevation rangeland areas in the southwestern U.S. This guide was developed in collaboration with the Santa Fe Conservation Trust and designed for volunteer trail stewards.
Plan for Restoring the Rio Embudo Watershed
A public summary of the 2019 Update of the Watershed Based Plan (WBP or Watershed Plan) for the Lower Embudo watershed in northern New Mexico. This Watershed Plan aims to outline steps toward improving the water quality of the Rio Embudo between 2020 and 2040.
An Introduction to Erosion Control
This is an illustrated field guide for the general promotion of erosion control techniques. It is designed to be used by a broad audience that includes project managers, government officials, participants of educational workshops and field tours, along with contractors and volunteers. This project was sponsored by the New Mexico Environment Department with financial support under Clean Water Act Section 319(h).
Water Storage Opportunities in Headwater Catchment Areas
This study addresses methods to improve water storage in headwater catchment areas through logging and small-diameter timber extraction. The paper identifies the most appropriate locations for forestry interventions and details the best practices for treatments in these areas. This research was funded by the Cimarron Watershed Alliance and focuses specifically on the Cimarron watershed in northern New Mexico.
Wind Impacts: A Growing Climate Concern
This blog article describes the often underestimated impacts of wind erosion and the need for active wind management, especially as the southwest becomes drier and more erosion prone. Quickly learn about several management techniques that have been deployed to mitigate wind erosion impacts including keyline plowing, silvopastoralism, and agroforestry in this article hosted by the NM Healthy Soils Working Group website.
Wind Impacts in Forests: Literature Review
This white paper reviews literature describing the various impacts of wind in forest ecosystems, including erosion, blow down, and evapotranspiration. Wind related impacts to forest and other ecosystems in the southwest are expected to be intensified in future climate scenarios. Given this knowledge, Ecotone is interested in furthering this research through the development of projects that evaluate wind impacts and ultimately help to develop specific management recommendations for their mitigation.
Applying Keyline Design Principles to Slope Wetland Restoration in a Headwater Ecosystem
This technical guide describes the role that Keyline Design can play in slope wetland restoration. The guide aims to inform wetland restoration program managers, restoration professionals, contractors, volunteers, and students how Keyline Design integrates and follows years of technical development, testing, and documentation of a broad toolbox of approaches to wetland restoration. The guide was developed in collaboration with Quivira Coalition with financial support from the New Mexico Environment Department.