visit BEMP's website at: www.bemp.org
Mission: Science, education, and stewardship of the Rio Grande and its watershed through long-term, hands-on student research of ecosystem response and function to inform public policy.
The Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program is joint effort coordinated by the University of New Mexico's Department of Biology and the Bosque School. BEMP research is conducted by student and citizen volunteers along the Middle Rio Grande and its associated riparian forest, known locally by its Spanish name 'bosque'. Through this project, citizen and student groups gather long-term data related to the overall condition of the forest ecosystem along New Mexico's most prominent river. With this approach, citizen volunteers build direct connections with their local environment and in so doing, increase public understanding of a complex ecosystem as well as fulfill essential research needs.
BEMP's core program consists of 32 research sites along 560 km (350 miles) of the Rio Grande between Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo and Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. Data gathered by volunteers is incorporated into larger UNM research efforts and is shared with other researchers, teachers, land and other natural resource managers.