Reduction of Ravenna Grass at Our Site

Ravenna Grass Dominated the Understory

Ravenna Grass 2015

Removal with Mattocks

Ravenna Removed in 2015

Removal Around North Pond

Ravenna Removed in 2016

Newly Emerging Ravenna Grass

Remaining Ravenna in Red 2017

The Community Effort Continues....

Fieldwork and Research

Our Field Work and Research Goals:

  • to bring people into the Bosque and deepen the local community’s connection with the Rio Grande and its floodplain habitat
  • to aid public land managers by removing invasive non-native species and providing data on safe and effective management strategies
  • to develop guidelines for the successful reintroduction of Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis californica) and other declining native plants
  • to improve habitat and biodiversity in the Bosque
  • to assist in the evolution of a new 21st century riparian plant mosaic where native plants will thrive alongside non-natives
  • to help Bosque plant communities transition into a future that is predicted to have hotter temperatures, less water, and increased non-native species populations

Our Field Work Includes:

  • undertaking baseline documentation of exisiting non-native Ravenna Grass (Saccharum ravennae) and native plants using GPS and photographs
  • teaching plant identification so volunteers can regcognize native and non-native species
  • training field crew volunteers how to effectively remove Ravenna Grass using shovels and mattocks and to remove seeding stalks
  • providing instruction on how to properly plant and reseed natives in appropriate areas
  • documenting newly emerging Ravenna Grass and native plant recovery as our work progresses
  • maintaining a comprehensive botanical inventory of the area

Our Research Includes:

  • experimental removal of non-native invasive Ravenna Grass throughout the site
  • GIS tracking of invasive Ravenna population
  • experimental replanting of Yerba Mansa in different micro-habitats
  • experimental reseeding of other native grasses, herbs, and shrubs in open areas of the understory
  • long-term monitoring of changes in vegetation over time

Published Articles:


Rivers, Restoration, and Hope for Medicinal Plants Part 2: River Restoration and Emerging Plant Communities, In Plant Healer Magazine (Fall 2017)


The Yerba Mansa Project: Community-Driven Native Plant Restoration in the Rio Grande Bosque, In The Journal Of Medicnal Plant Conservation (Spring 2017)


Rivers, Restoration, and Hope for Medicinal Plants Part 1: Understanding Threats to Riparian Ecosystems, In Plant Healer Magazine (Summer 2017)


Drought, Climate Change, and Medicinal Plants in the Anthropocene, In Plant Healer Magazine (Spring 2017)


Ecological Herbalism for a Better Understanding of Place and Plant Medicine, In Plant Healer’s Good Medicine Confluence Class Essay Book (2016)


Yerba Mansa and the Rio Grande Bosque, In Plant Healer Magazine (Summer 2015)

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