Bosque Restoration Division

Historic Floodplain

Restoring a mosaic of community types and community structural elements within the historic floodplain is the primary restoration goal. Invasive, non-native species, such as saltcedar, Russian olive, and Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila) are removed. Restoration plantings includes planting cottonwood poles, establishing grassland, and planting understory and riparian shrubs.

For photographs, see the Bosque Restoration media Gallery.

Active Floodplain

Restoration goals in the active floodplain include creating a floodplain that is seasonally flooded and enhancing the physical and biological habitat. Restoration activities include: 1) widening the river by lowering the overbank to create seasonally flooded swales and backwater wetlands; 2) moving sediment through the system to allow for a diversity of habitat to form (pools, backwater eddies, sand bars, islands, and braided channels); 3) removing invasive species such as the Russian olive and saltcedar; and 4) planting dense coyote willow (Salix exigua) stands along the river's edge and cottonwood trees in the riparian areas.

For photographs, see the Bosque Restoration media Gallery.

River Channel

River restoration goals include restoring the structure of the river channel. This is accomplished by constructing gradient restoration facilities (GRF) to stop channel incision and reduce the channel slope; widening the river channel; and restoring sediment flow through the system.

For photographs, see the Bosque Restoration media Gallery.