Rivera joins FWRI as deputy director

Gilbert “Buddy” Rivera, a native of Las Vegas, NM and U.S. Navy veteran, has joined the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute team as

New Mexico Sunflowers

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Plants are an integral part of the world around us. We’ve gathered a collection of resources for identification and care of the plants, trees, and grasses of New Mexico.

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Life in the Field - Monitoring Forests

Alex Makowicki, NMFWRI monitoring technician and crew boss, talks about the work and importance of monitoring upland forests and riparian areas.

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Ecological Monitoring


The New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute provides technical assistance and practical knowledge in forest and woodland restoration to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and restore healthy and sustainable forested ecosystems and restoration-based economies.

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NMFWRI represents the state’s only dedicated capability for supporting the spatial data analysis needs of external stakeholders in the natural resources sector, as well as the GIS/GPS capacity for Highlands University and for most of northern New Mexico.

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Restoration based monitoring of New Mexico's forest and riparian ecosystems is integral to NMFWRI's mission.

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The New Mexico Forest & Watershed Restoration Institute supports natural-resource-based collaboration by assisting communities to form collaborative organizations and build the capacity to work together to solve problems and restore natural habitats.

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