In June 2015, the Rio Rancho Bosque Integrated Management Plan (The
Plan) was prepared for the City of Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and
Community Services Department (PRCSD). The Plan is intended to guide the
development of future work in the Rio Rancho Bosque Open Space (Rio
Rancho Bosque) with the objectives of promoting restoration, recreation,
education, preservation and maintenance. In particular, the Plan
describes the histroy of the Bosque ecosystem, details the existing
conditions, and identifies opportunities for improvements.
The impetus for developing the Plan is to help guide future decisions for management and improvements in the Rio Rancho Bosque, and promote compatibility of the Endangered Species habitat restoration work, completed in 2013, with the other uses of the Rio Rancho Bosque. Habitat restoration was performed as part of the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species (Collaborative Program), which strives to find solutions to address water and habitat limitations in the Middle Rio Grande. The Collaborative Program restoration efforts, implemented by the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (NMISC), were intended to benefit the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, and the ecosystem as a whole.
Rio Rancho Bosque lies in the floodplain of the Rio Grande and is managed by PRCSD with the intent of providing safe public access, recreation, and education while enhancing and maintaining natural ecosystem functions. Care for these lands is shared by the community through the responsible actions of visitors to the open space and volunteer efforts of the Friends of Rio Rancho Open Space (FORROS).