Rio Trampas Watershed




STEWARDSHIP BID ANNOUNCEMENT, DueSeptember 23, 2016 Forest Stewards Guild, in collaboration with the NM State Land Office and with funding from the US Forest Service is requesting stewardship bids from qualified and insured contractors specializing in ecological restoration of forests, woodlands, and watersheds. Particular experience in forest and woodland thinning is recommended.


Collaboration in forest restoration, planning, implementation, and monitoring in the Rio Trampas Watershed


A two-day watershed restoration workshop was held in August 2015 near Dixon. More information about the workshops can be found in the announcement.

The workshops led to a stewardship bid process to restore woodlands and improve soils near Dixon NM. Access the RFP here.


Missed it? View the 11/21/2014 webinar, Working Across Fencelines: Multijurisdicional Planning and Prescribed Fire here to learn about experiences from two landscapes. In partnership with the Southwest Fire Science Consortium.

Access the updated (11/7/2014) informational brochure here to learn about the November 20th Meeting in Dixon at 5:15pm at the Community Center and on November 21st in Penasco at 5:00pm at the community center (PACA).

November 15th, Watershed Restoration "Show-Me" Trip
This field trip will lead to two restoration sites in the Canoncito Community east of Dixon, and is part of the Rio de las Trampas Forest & Watershed Restoration Planning project (CFRP) in the Lower Embudo Valley. The purpose of the field trip is to offer potential contractors an opportunity to orient themselves toward a potential future project, to offer students a real-life/outdoor learning opportunity, and to provide all participants, including residents and representatives of land management agencies, an opportunity to give us feedback on previously implemented land restoration projects as well as on some newly planned projects. The field trip involves a total of about 2 miles of hiking in rough terrain on BLM and State lands.

DATE:             Saturday, November 15, 2014
TIME:               9:30 am – 1:30 pm (gather at 9:15)
LOCATION:     At the beginning of CR 69 (end of State Rd 580), which is the dirt road to Ojo Sarco
(see map at:,-105.838727/36.1795176,-105.8386936/@36.1915185,-105.8694544,14z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0)
BRING: Sturdy, all weather clothes and hiking boots, water/beverage, and a snack/lunch

The Forest Stewards Guild, through support from the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP) has led a watershed-scale multi-jurisdictional planning effort with the Camino Real Ranger District of the Carson National Forest, the Taos Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, the Pueblo of Picuris, and the New Mexico State Land Office. A diverse array of partners and communities are working to increase resilience to the forested Rio de las Trampas (Rio Trampas ) watershed.

The 2011 planning project proposal can be accessed here. A map of the watershed planning area can be accessed here. Specifically on Bureau of Land Management managed lands, 52 acres of riparian bosque forest have been prioritized (access a map here to view the areas) for forest restoration treatments near Dixon due to their poor ecological condition. Non-native invasive tree species such as flammable salt cedar, Russian olive, and Siberian elm now occupy much of the forest canopy.

In 2011, a diverse group of stakeholders gathered to prioritize watershed attributes. This prioritization was used to drive a computer based model to identify areas for forest restoration activities. A summary of that effort can be accessed here.

In 2014 the Forest Stewards Guild with support from a diverse group of collaborators submitted a proposal to the CFRP for the first phase of forest and watershed restoration in the Rio Trampas watershed. The proposed treatment areas are on state trust lands managed by the State Land Office. The proposal was recommended for funding by the technical advisory panel. The proposal can be accessed here and a map of the proposed treatment areas can be accessed here. More detailed maps of the treatment areas on state trust lands can be accessed here and here.

The Forest Stewards Guild also supports and collaborates with the Arid Lands Institute (ALI) and Ecotone Consulting on their complimentary efforts in the Rio Trampas watershed. An updated copy of their watershed based plan for the landscape can be accessed here. A video from ALI showing the effects of a 2014 summer monsoon in the watershed can be accessed here.