Southwest Restoration, Research and Monitoring

Dust Mitigation & Native Species Development Project
Airborne dust has resulted in extremely hazardous road conditions along Interstate 10 in southwestern New Mexico (Lordsburg Playa). We are working with the New Mexico Department of Transportation on a project to mitigate dust while improving our understanding of native species and sources of plant materials able to survive harsh conditions (saline soils, drought). Our researchers are assessing Chihuahuan Desert plant communities that can withstand these conditions and will be installing research plots at 5 sites this year to compare success of native seed from commercial and collected from local sources. This research is expected to improve revegetation techniques for challenging soils in southern NM.