Land & Water Program
Hard use of land in the past has, unfortunately, given us many opportunities for land restoration in New Mexico and the American Southwest in general. When an influx of settlers came to New Mexico in the late 1800s, the area was enjoying above average rainfall. Precipitation averages between 1791 and 1992, were above the 1000 year average (Grissino-Mayer, 1996). This may have set a precedent for unrealistic expectations of the New Mexico landscape - expectations based on an unusually wet period in history.
That same expected level of productivity in a much drier time - and in a landscape damaged by decades of extraction in the form of minerals, timber and grass - leaves us with landscapes that offer unlimited opportunity for innovative thinking. Whether the degraded landscape is in a riparian system or an arid grassland, many of the same techniques can be used to influence the flow of water over the landscape.
Restoration of watersheds requires innovative thinking and collaboration. Quivira and our partners in restoration are committed to improving these overworked landscapes and to restoring them ...one acre at a time.
Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, University of Tennessee, "A 2,129-Year Reconstruction of Precipitation for Northwestern New Mexico, USA," 1996; David M. Anderson, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Climatic Data Center