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RMRS-P-7: Rio Grande ecosystems: linking land, water, and people. Toward a sustainable future for the Middle Rio Grande Basin

Finch, Deborah M.; Whitney, Jeffrey C.; Kelly, Jeffrey, F.; Loftin, Samuel R. 1999. Rio Grande ecosystems: linking land, water, and people. Toward a sustainable future for the Middle Rio Grande Basin. 1998 June 2-5; Albuquerque, NM. Proc. RMRS-P-7. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 245 p.

These proceedings are an outcome of a symposium and workshop held June 2-5, 1998 in Albuquerque, NM. Hosted by the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Bosque Improvement Group, in collaboration with numerous partners from a variety of sectors, the symposium was designed to report on current research and development activities in the Middle Rio Grande Basin. The purpose of the meeting was to share information and develop ideas for sustaining and conserving Middle Rio Grande Basin ecosystems, especially those from Cochiti Dam to Elephant Butte Reservoir. Experts were invited to contribute oral presentations, posters, and papers that addressed five Basin themes. Theme one's session was designed to identify methods and opportunities to enhance communication and collaboration among researchers, managers, and communities. A second theme explored ideas and approaches for conserving water and riparian resources in relation to human needs and population growth. Theme three discussed how watershed processes form linkages and influence management of upland and river resources. A fourth session identified methods and strategies for restoring and monitoring basin ecosystems and discussed project successes and failures. Theme five reported on status of endangered and sensitive species, biological diversity, and opportunites for restoring and managing habitats to recover species. Management and understanding of the Middle Rio Grande Basin's natural resources and ecosystems require communication and cooperation of partners across cultural, landowner, and organizational boundaries. To produce a shared understanding of the current state and desired future state of the Middle Rio Grande Basin and to outline the steps needed to move toward the desired future, a facilitated workshop was held the last day of the conference. The results of this workshop are reported in the concluding section of this proceedings. The technical coordinators of the symposium and proceedings wish to acknowledge all the partners who have contributed to the research, restoration, technology development, educational outreach, and special events and activities designed to improve human and ecosystem conditions in the Basin. We hope this volume captures at least some of the excitement, ideas, and productivity generated by Basin projects over the past several years.

Keywords: Rio Grande Basin, conservation, watershed, endangered species, sensitive species, restoration

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Rio Grande Ecosystems: Proceedings Introduction
Deborah M. Finch and Jeffrey C. Whitney
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People, Culture, and Communication

Rio Grande Basin and the Modern World: Understanding Scale and Context
Joseph A. Tainter
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Dynamic Human Landscapes of the Rio del Oso: Restoration and the Simulation of Past Ecological Conditions in the Upper Rio Grande Basin
Richard D. Periman
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Water Democracies on the Upper Rio Grande, 1598-1998
Jose A. Rivera
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Resolving Resource Conflict: a Bigger Pie
Jim Winder
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How Great a Thirst? Assembling a River Restoration Toolkit
Steve Harris
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Espanola/Canjilon Pilot Study: Economic, Social, and Cultural Aspects of Public Land Grazing on the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests
Carol Raish
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"Southwest Strategy" Update
Steve Kluge
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Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Basin Coalition
Sarah Kotchian
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River and Riparian Issues

Watershed/River Channel Linkages: The Upper Rio Grande Basin and the Middle Rio Grande Bosque
Jeffrey C. Whitney
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Simulation of Rio Grande Floodplain Inundation Using FLO-2D
J. S. O'Brien and W. T. Fullerton
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Upper Rio Grande Water Operations Model: a Tool for Enhanced System Management
Gail Stockton and D. Michael Roark
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Salinity Management in the Rio Grande Bosque
Jan M. H. Hendrickx, J. Bruce J. Harrison, Jelle Beekma, and Graciela Rodriguez-Marin
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Albuquerque's Constructed Wetland Pilot Project for Wastewater Polishing
Michael D. Marcus, Shannon M. House, Nathan A. Bowles, Robert T. Sekiya, and J. Steven Glass
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Methods for Increasing Biodiversity in Wetland Creation and Restoration Efforts
Ross Coleman
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Watershed Issues

Response of Vegetation, Soil Nitrogen, and Sediment Transport to a Prescribed Fire in Semiarid Grasslands
Carleton S. White, Samuel R. Loftin, and Steven Hofstad
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Watershed Health: an Evaluation Index for New Mexico
Bill Fleming
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A Constructed Wet Meadow Model for Forested Lands in the Southwest
Dave Pawelek, Roy Jemison, and Daniel Neary
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Effect of Spatial and Temporal Variablilty on Water Relations and Growth in Pinyon Pine: III. Whole Tree Response
Teresa L. Newberry
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Analysis of Change in Piñon-Juniper Woodlands Based on Aerial Photography, 1930's-1980's
Alan R. Johnson, Bruce T. Milne, and Peter Hraber
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Applications for Predicting Precipitation and Vegetation Patterns at Landscape Scale Using Lightning Strike Data
Deborah Ulinski Potter
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Restoration and Monitoring Issues

Trial by Fire: Restoration of Middle Rio Grande Upland Ecosystems
Samuel R. Loftin
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Effects of Livestock Grazing on Morphology, Hydrology and Nutrient Retention in Four Riparian/Stream Ecosystems, New Mexico, USA
James R. Thibault, Douglas L. Moyer, Clifford N. Dahm, H. Maurice Valett, and Michael C. Marshall
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Establishing Riparian Vegetation Through Use of a Self-Cleaning Siphon System
Mark D. Ankeny, L. Bradford Sumrall, and Kuo-Chin Hsu
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Vegetation Classification on the Middle Rio Grande
Joanne Mount
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Restoration Efforts in the Rio Grande Valley State Park
Ondrea C. Linderoth
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River Bar Vegetation Mowing Response in the Middle Rio Grande
Esteban Muldavin, Elizabeth Milford, and Yvonne Chauvin
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Establishment of Rio Grande Cottonwood Seedlings Using Micro-irrigation of Xeric Flood Plain Sites
David R. Dreesen, Gregory A. Fenchel, and Joseph G. Fraser
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Restoration and Monitoring in the Middle Rio Grande Bosque: Current Status of Flood Pulse Related Efforts
Clifford S. Crawford, Lisa M. Ellis, Daniel Shaw, and Nancy E. Umbreit
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Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research Program: Measuring Ecosystem Reponses to Environmental Change
Robert R. Parmenter
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Influence of Mycorrhizal Source and Seeding Methods on Native Grass Species Grown in Soils from a Disturbed Site
Todd R. Caplan, Heather A. Pratt, and Samuel R. Loftin
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Using GIS Technology to Analyze and Understand Wet Meadow Ecosystems
Joy Rosen, Roy Jemison, David Pawelek, and Daniel Neary
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Integrated Surface Management for Pipeline Construction: the Mid-America Pipeline Company Four Corners Project
Maria L. Sonett
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Biodiversity and Endangered Species

Maternity Roosts of Bats at the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge: a Preliminary Report
Alice Chung-MacCoubrey
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Bird Migration Through Middle Rio Grande Riparian Forests, 1994 to 1997
Michael D. Means and Deborah M. Finch
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Status and Migration of the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher in New Mexico
Deborah M. Finch and Jeffrey F. Kelly
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Biological Diversity in Montane Riparian Ecosystems: the Case of the Mexican Spotted Owl
Angela Hodgson and Peter B. Stacey
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Riparian Dependence, Biogeographic Status, and Likelihood of Endangerment in Landbirds of the Southwest
Jean-Luc E. Cartron, Scott H. Stoleson, and R. Roy Johnson
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Arthropods of Native and Exotic Vegetation and Their Association with Willow Flycatchers and Wilson's Warblers
Linda S. DeLay, Deborah M. Finch, Sandra Brantley, Richard Fagerlund, Michael D. Means, and Jeffrey F. Kelly
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Use of Saltcedar Vegetation by Landbirds Migrating Through the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Jeffrey F. Kelly and Deborah M. Finch
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Native Montane Fishes of the Middle Rio Grande Ecosystem: Status, Threats, and Conservation
Bob Calamusso and John N. Rinne
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Workshop Summary

Future of the Middle Rio Grande
Barbara A. Coe
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Title: RMRS-P-7: Rio Grande ecosystems: linking land, water, and people. Toward a sustainable future for the Middle Rio Grande Basin
Electronic Publish Date: January 21, 2010
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January 21, 2010

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