Wetland & Habitat Restoration

Functioning wetland habitats are extremely rare and precious resources for clean water, wildlife and our quality of life. These wetlands have long been under pressure by humans in need of water for drinking, agriculture, mining and industrial uses. Decades of over use and abuse have led to severe degradation and in many cases, permanent loss of wetland habitats. Wetlands are formed over long periods of time by abundant moisture close to the surface and the gradual accumulation and production of soils rich in organic matter. The soil is collected, produced and held in place by wetland plants such as rushes, sedges, willows and riparian trees. When these water dependent plants and their dense root systems are lost due to active abuse or degradation, the fragile wetland soils have little resistance to erosion during floods. When wetland soils are eroded, moisture storage capacity is reduced, and ultimately the wetland ecosystem, and all of the associated ecosystem services, are lost.

Amazing things happen when we work with, rather than against, nature. This Cross Vane grade control structure was built to raise the water table of a small backwater wetland on the Vallecitos River, NM. Good ideas are contagious: a local beaver could not resist the opportunity to make some of his own improvements. This inter-species collaboration has been a wonderful learning opportunity. Nature has it’s own ideas about restoration and the unpredictable is to be expected. When we take the time to slow down, observe and let nature unfold before us, it becomes apparent that we are enthusiastic apprentices, privileged to help with the ceaseless work of masters.


505 577-9625
1000 Cordova Pl., #832
Santa Fe, NM, 87505