Saving the Rio Grande’s threatened cottonwood forests

Sharon Niederman

Back to the Bosque

Autumn Cottonwood Hikes

Several groups active in Rio Grande conservation and bosque preservation offer educational programs and sponsor hands-on restoration projects.

Amigos Bravos. Focus is on water quality, the environment, and educating the people who live along the Rio Grande and its tributaries. (505) 924-2223 or

City of Albuquerque, Parks & Recreation Department. Sponsors cleanups, planting, and an Adopt-an-Open-Space program. Check out the Día de Río program at Rio Grande Botanic Garden in Albuquerque Biological Park. 9–4 Oct 19. 2601 Central Ave. NW; (505) 452-5200.

Rio Grande Restoration: A Voice for the River. Ongoing stewardship projects, from cottonwood-planting to bosque cleanup. (505) 266-3609 or

Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Basin Coalition. Builds awareness of water quality and sustainability issues in the Rio Grande basin in the U.S. and Mexico. (915) 532-0399 or


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