Mayor Richard Berry and Albuquerque City Council: KEEP THE RIO GRANDE BOSQUE WILD!
  • Petitioned Isaac Benton

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Isaac Benton
City Councilor
Brad Winter
City Councilor
Dan Lewis
City Councilor
Don Harris
Mayor of Albuquerque
Mayor Richard Berry
Mayor's Office
Rio Grande Vision Team
City Councilor
Rey Garduno
City Councilor
Diane G. Gibson
City Councilor
Klarissa Pena
Albuquerque City Council, President
Ken Sanchez
Albuquerque City Council, Vice-President
Trudy E. Jones

Mayor Richard Berry and Albuquerque City Council: KEEP THE RIO GRANDE BOSQUE WILD!

    1. Petition by

      Warriors With Westhusing

The Rio Grande Bosque is a unique ecological gem. It is the only rift valley in North America and one of only five on Earth. The Rio Grande Bosque is overwhelmingly listed by Albuquerque residents as one of the top two benefits of living in Albuquerque (the other benefit being "sunshine.") It provides habitat to hundreds of different species, including the bald eagle, porcupine, and Sandhill crane, and serves as a welcome respite to people seeking the peace and beauty of wild nature. The Rio Grande Bosque is largely responsible for Albuquerque being elected #1 in the "Top 10 Urban Destinations for Nature Lovers" by TravelNerd.
The Mayor's plan of development and construction in the Bosque ( will cause untold damage to the land, both physically and aesthetically. While the "Rio Grande Vision" calls for preservation and restoration, it also includes major intrusive developments and commercial projects such as paved trails, 5 pedestrian bridges crossing the river, observation towers, boardwalks, boat ramps, rentals, restaurants, and even a lodge. The ecological impacts of the plan should be assessed, as required by the Bosque Action Plan, and the habitat should be nurtured and restored, not turned into an urban park. In addition to signing this petition to Mayor Berry, please contact your city council member. To find out who your council member is, please visit


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Town Rally! Wednesday, Sept. 18! ABQ Museum! 6pm!

      Friends of the Bosque invite you to a Town Rally to oppose inappropriate development in the Bosque. Please come Wednesday, Sept. 18, to the Albuquerque Museum from 6-8pm to be part of a community movement to protect the Bosque.

      There will be music by The Cali Shaw Band, art supplies to express your love of the Bosque, a slideshow of beautiful imagery from the Bosque, and various speakers.

      We need everyone to take part in this to pressure Mayor Berry to honor his statement about keeping Rio Grande Vision a "community based project."

      An overwhelming turnout will illustrate our commitment to keeping the Bosque natural.

      Town Rally! Wednesday! Albuquerque Museum! 6pm!

    3. Public Hearing to Seek Approval for Mayor's Plan Scheduled for Sept. 9

      In order to proceed with the Rio Grande Vision, Albuquerque's Director of Parks and Recreation, Barbara Baca, will be presenting the Mayor's Plan to the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD) Board of Directors for approval on Monday, September 9, at 1:30pm. This is a public hearing. Time is reserved for questions and remarks from the public following Ms. Baca's presentation. Please attend. Location: Diego Abeita Boardroom, MRGCD Headquarters, 1931 2nd St. Southwest, Albuquerque.

    4. Over 350 Citizens Call for the Mayor to Desist on Rio Grande Vision

      Albuquerque, NM -- Last night over 350 citizens from all over Albuquerque called on Mayor Berry to scrap the Rio Grande Vision and start over. The strongest opposition arose from the proposal to build a 10-foot-wide crusher fine trail through the Bosque that would turn the natural area into an urban park.

      “We need natural spaces where we can go to escape the noise and experience the natural world. As a veteran, the Bosque has been essential to me. It’s a place I can go to reflect and find peace. That’s why I’m opposed to the Rio Grande Vision: It forces users onto one common trail. We are New Mexicans, we need our space,” said Alex Limkin."

      Read full article at:

      Over 350 Citizens Call for the Mayor to Desist on Rio Grande Vision

      Albuquerque, NM - Last night over 350 citizens from all over Albuquerque called on Mayor Berry to scrap the Rio Grande Vision and start over. The strongest opposition arose from the proposal to build a 10-foot-wide crusher fine trail through the Bosque that would turn the natural area into an urban park.

    5. Town Hall Meeting - Wed. Sept. 4, Albuquerque Museum, 6pm, 2000 Mountain NW

      Last chance we have to influence the Rio Grande Vision final plan.

      Brings your friends, bring your families, bring your children. Come by bike, by car, by tricycle, by whatever means possible.

      Outside the museum will be a display of Bosque art arranged to create a 10-foot wide road so everyone can see what such a road running the length of the Bosque will look like.

      If there is overwhelming support within the community for keeping the Bosque natural and development-free, the Mayor cannot in good faith proceed with his road and other building projects. Please come and have your voice be counted!

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Grandmother of Los Duranes Defends the Bosque

      "I am an old grandmother, I live in Los Duranes, and I love walking in the serenity of the Rio Grande. Through the years, I have witnessed with pain the gradual deterioration suffered by our beloved river by the mushrooming of a new house after another, which are relentlessly encroaching the river...But now comes what has finally broken the camel’s back, the so-called “Rio Grande Vision,” which in fairness should be retitled the “Rio Grande Lack of Vision.”...You want to bring – to our precious diminishing mistreated river – boat ramps, bridges, restaurants, pubs, platforms, towers … Are you out of your senses?...I and countless other grandmothers pledge ourselves to a wild and undiminished Bosque for the grandchildren of Albuquerque to be able to enjoy and love."

    8. Reached 750 signatures
    9. Sierra Club responds to Mayor Berry's "Rio Grande Vision"

      "The Rio Grande Vision wants to encourage people to enjoy the river and bosque, a worthy goal. However, The Rio Grande Vision intends to encourage use of the bosque and river by fundamentally changing what the river and bosque, and the experience of the river and bosque, are. The bosque is presently an essentially wild, natural riparian place in the middle of Albuquerque. It is a place where residents and visitors can go to experience the beautiful forms of the cottonwoods, the plethora of birds, the murmur of the Rio Grande, and the peacefulness of the wild in the midst of an urban area, within a few minutes of anywhere in the City. It is, possibly, a unique resource for an urban area of this size. The Rio Grande Vision would, to a great extent, change the bosque into much more of a standard-issue urban park." (Read full text at:

    10. "Biophilia" - Wildlife Biologist Makes Appeal to the Mayor

      "Riparian areas are the life blood of biodiversity in the Southwest. A majority of our plants and animals, many of which are rare and endangered species, depend upon riparian ecosystems. These riparian ecosystems are themselves endangered with 80% of them already destroyed or severely impaired throughout the Southwest.
      Economic studies consistently show that human communities near significant protected natural areas have healthier economies. Most people love Nature, a phenomenon world-renowned ecologist Dr. Edward O. Wilson refers to a “biophilia”—an innate reverence for nature among humans. He wrote a book on the topic.
      A leading cause of plant and animal endangerment, decline in biodiversity, individual species population declines, and species extinction is habitat destruction and fragmentation. As suitable habitats decline and the remaining pieces get smaller, Nature suffers exponentially." Read David Parson's full letter:

    11. The Rio Grande Vision: Summer 2018

      The Rio Grande Vision

      Turning a "Hidden Ecological Jewel" Into Dust By Alex Escué Limkin & Rebecca Limkin -Summer 2018 I sit with my son on my lap overlooking a dusty depression, a swath of brown erosion bordered by thorny Russian olives and dense saltcedars. "What is this place?" my son asks me.

    12. Mayor claims focus of plan is improving Bosque for...mountain bikers?

      Bosque plans receive push-back

      Posted at: 06/07/2013 9:09 PM | Updated at: 06/07/2013 10:22 PM By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4 "This is too special of a place for people to just turn it into their playground or put in upscale boutiques," Michael Jensen said.

    13. Mayor Berry v. The Bosque: Development puts the river at risk

      A veteran's take on the Rio Grande Vision:
      "A great part of my recovery from the wounds of war was communing with that sliver of land known as the Bosque, observing the river. The quiet, protected space, a haven where I could walk for miles, connected me to life beyond myself and aided in my recovery. There’s little doubt that the natural world offers healing to anyone who has experienced intense duress in their life.
      Unlike other wilderness areas, it’s easy for me to reach the Bosque from anywhere in the city. I can go by foot, bicycle, bus or car, and trailheads and parking are obvious and adequate. Young and old alike can walk the distance required to reach the river. I regularly make the trip with my 86-year-old father, my 3-year-old nephew and my pregnant wife. Miles of trail exist in the Bosque, offering splendid views of the river, and a myriad of plant and animal life along its edges."

      From the Foxhole

      Development puts the river at risk A great advocate for New Mexico lands and wildlife, Aldo Leopold, is fittingly honored with a trail that winds behind the Rio Grande Nature Center . This mile-long loop takes visitors through lands he knew intimately.

    14. Reached 500 signatures
    15. Noting of the objectionable use of the term "wild" within this petition

      To the 400 petitioners (and counting!) who have added their voice and comments to this petition, we thank you. After being informed by a prominent Indigenous scholar and philosopher of the controversial aspect of the term "wild," we were inclined to modify the petition as follows: "The term 'wild' is used solely to differentiate the Bosque from an urban or urbanized setting, not to suggest that it is in some way alien or apart from us. This clarification is provided out of respect for the many Indigenous people who do not subscribe to the dichotomy suggested by "wild," a way of labeling that has no counterpart in their respective languages." Although we are not changing the language (lacking consent from the 400 signees) we wish to make future signers aware of this issue, and of our desire to not offend. This petition was crafted with some haste and insufficient efforts were made to reach out to all of our community. Thank you, Larry Emerson, for bringing this issue to our attention.

    16. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • mary whiteman BUENA VISTA, NM
      • 6 months ago

      Health of the (dwindling) Rio Grande is of critical importance, and we will be very able to enjoy the bosque areas if the parking and outhouses are adequate. I have been visiting the area near the botanical garden, and I was able to park in the last available space! There was no restroom in the area, difficult for young and old folks alike!

      Thank you!

    • Steve Cabiedes ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • 8 months ago

      The wild space in the middle of our city makes us special and unique and a more quality city.

    • Deborah Donelson ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • 8 months ago

      As soon as natural habitat becomes developed for humans, the species who depend on it for survival suffer. Humans are incapable of cleaning up after themselves or taking care of resources. City parks are a good example - litter, dog excrement, noise, etc. The Bosque is wild, not yet another tromping ground for lazy humans. Anyone who cares will quietly enjoy it as is.

    • Greg Trost ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • 8 months ago

      I have lived a short walking distance from the Bosque all my life. It was by far the best piece of my childhood to get away from the streets and buildings of Albuquerque and wonder around the forest. Mayor Berry and City Councilors, if these plans proceed, you will be ripping my childhood out from it's roots to die. Your's truly, a very angry voter.

      • 8 months ago

      “To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.”


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