Rio Guadalupe Cleanup – Saturday April 9

Rio Guadalupe Cleanup – Saturday April 9

New Mexico Trout has a tradition of welcoming the Spring opening of FR 376 between the Gilman Tunnels and Porter’s Landing with a volunteer trash pickup. That Forest Service road provides access to our Rio Guadalupe home water and it accumulates a lot of roadside trash over a season’s heavy use by the many people who visit that corridor. Doing these annual cleanups is one way we can express our thanks for the wonderful trout fishing opportunities the Rio Guadalupe affords, while we help maintain it in a state that we like to visit ... Read More
Creating Miracles in the Desert: Restoring Dixie Creek

Preserving Riparian Corridors

The linked YouTube video describes a long-term restoration project along Dixie Creek, a small stream near Elko, Nevada. Thirty-two years ago, the BLM fenced a segment of the creek to exclude cattle. Over the years, BLM staff photographed the recovery of the stream and its adjacent riparian area. The amazing result is a testament to the resilience of natural systems and shows what can result if they are just allowed to recover. We encourage you to watch the video and be encouraged that streams can recover if we are persistent ... Read More
Stream Temperature Monitoring in Jemez Streams

Stream Temperature Monitoring in Jemez Streams

Water temperature critically affects the suitability of a given stream for health and survival of trout. New Mexico Trout is embarking on a project with the Santa Fe National Forest to monitor stream temperatures ... Read More
Volunteers needed for RG cutthroat stocking - October 19

Volunteers needed for RG cutthroat stocking – October 19

Staff from Bandelier National Monument and NMDGF will be stocking RGCT into Capulin Creek the morning of Tuesday October 19th. They have requested volunteers from TU and NM Trout to help carry fish down into Capulin Canyon ... Read More
Conservation Project Report- Rio de las Vacas

Conservation Project Report- Rio de las Vacas

About twenty volunteers from NM Trout and the Truchas Chapter of Trout Unlimited joined forces on a conservation project, along with two grazing permitees ... Read More
Rio Guadalupe Nominated for Outstanding National Resource Water

Rio Guadalupe Nominated for Outstanding National Resource Water

by Ron Loehman, Conservation Chair The following is an excerpt from the NM Trout’s testimonial submitted in support of the Rio Guadalupe nomination as Outstanding National Resource Water (ONRW). The Rio Guadalupe exhibits all of the characteristics of an Outstanding National Resource Water. It is a delightful, free-flowing stream with high water quality in an exceptional scenic setting that is a treasured recreational resource. The Rio Guadalupe arises at about 7200 feet in elevation in New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains at the confluence of the Rio Cebolla and the Rio de las Vacas, the site of the old settlement of Porter’s ... Read More
On-Line Workshop on Beavers as Mother Nature's Environmental Engineers

On-Line Workshop on Beavers as Mother Nature’s Environmental Engineers

When Europeans first came to North America, beaver were everywhere. Nowadays, not so much. Researchers are recognizing that beavers can be a very effective means to improve stream quantity and the extent of riparian areas ... Read More
New Study Explains How Brown Trout Replace Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout in New Mexico Streams

New Study Explains How Brown Trout Replace Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout in New Mexico Streams

Hint: It’s Not Because They Eat Them A summary of research by Lauren Flynn
New Mexico State University Reported by Ron Loehman, Conservation Chairman Brown trout tend to replace Rio Grande cutthroat trout (RGCT) where they occur together in New Mexico streams, not because of predation, but because brown trout outcompete RGCT for food and habitat. That is the conclusion of research recently completed by Lauren Flynn for an MS degree in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology from New Mexico State University. This result was independent of water temperature for a sample of eight New Mexico streams in the Santa Fe ... Read More