Lincoln National Forest Stream Restoration - Phase 2
Dec 2 - Dec 4
Starting at 6pm
Lincoln National Forest - Upper Rio Bonito Dispersed Camping Area
Angus , NM









13 Attending

Lincoln National Forest Stream Restoration - Phase 2

About the New Mexico Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers 

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is a non-partisan 501(c)3 seeking to ensure North America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands, waters, and wildlife. Our New Mexico Chapter is run by a volunteer board of passionate public land owners that want to ensure future generations have access to the same incredible habitat and outdoor pasttimes that have enriched our lives.

Our freedom to hunt and fish depends on habitat. While many of us enjoy hunting and fishing on a range of landscapes, including farm fields and reservoirs, there is something special – even magical – about hunting deep in the backcountry or fishing on a remote river.

Stream Access Stewardship Work Series

This fall through a partnership with the Lincoln National Forest we have been executing a series of steam access stewardship projects including two work weekends to execute riparian habitat improvements, a stream cleanup and two community pint nights to educate public land and water users on thoughtful fishing recreation and how to be good stewards of our riparian and aquatic ecosystems and fisheries. 

Join us for this second weekend as we improve riparian stream channels by installing beaver dam analogs (BDAs), post assisted log structures (PALS), and one-rock dams (ORDs) on Big Bear Creek. This work is low-tech and USFS staff will provide a briefing on how to execute the work and will oversee work teams. We will also be conducting a stream clean up on Cedar Creek on Sunday morning. 

All are welcome to join us regardless of whether you hunt, fish or are a BHA member! Kids and well-mannered dogs may attend.

Please RSVP for you and any guests no later than Tuesday, November 29. RSVPs are required so we can plan for additional food/beverages, campsites and are able to contact you in case of inclement weather or other factors that may required last minute changes or cancellation. 

Weekend Schedule

* If you plan to join for only Saturday or only Sunday, please notify our event lead Abran Briseño.

Friday, December 2:

Saturday, December 3:

  • 9am – 3 pm (work period tbd): Travel to Big Bear Creek worksite, split into groups and work with USFS staff, bring food for lunch break, travel back to camp
  • 6 pm: Wild game potluck, games & campfire hangout

Sunday, December 4:

  • 9 am – 12 pm: Travel to Cedar Creek for stream cleanup, split into groups and work with USFS staff, travel back to camp
  • 1 pm: Break camp (ensuring site is better than we found it) & travel home

Directions to Camp

Please note that our campground has changed from the Rio Bonito Dispersed Camping Area to the Cedar Creek/Sam Tobias Memorial Group Campground - Unit 2. Cedar Creek is much closer to Ruidoso and has potable water, restrooms, a large picnic shelter, unsheltered picnic tables, campfire rings, drinking water, and grills. 

  • Directions: From Ruidoso on Mechem Drive, take Cedar Creek Road northwest .9 miles. The turn off road for this unit is located on the north side of Cedar Creek Road at 33.360303, -105.684713. Once you turn in, follow the signs for unit/campground 2, which is located at 33.362086, -105.684944. 
  • Cedar Creek/Sam Tobias Memorial Group Campground on GoogleMaps

Gearing Up

Volunteers should plan to bring their own food and beverages for the weekend and a wild game dish or other potluck item if you’ll be at camp Saturday night. You’ll want a pair of sturdy work gloves that you are ok with getting wet, work boots, a small pack to carry lunch and extra clothes in case you get wet during a day with cool fall temps. We won’t be working in high flowing streams, but the USFS will have some waders to borrow or you can bring your own. We can use extra tools if you have them including loppers, spade shovels and foldable hand saws. We have a limited number of gas stipends available for those who may find the cost of travel prohibitive to attending. Email NM BHA Treasurer Lance Miller after you RSVP at [email protected] to inquire about travel assistance.


December 02, 2022 at 6:00pm - December 04, 2022
Lincoln National Forest - Upper Rio Bonito Dispersed Camping Area
Angus , NM 88341
United States
Google map and directions
Abran Briseño ·
Robert Stiles Adrian Akin Douglas Campbell Bradley Allen Joel Gothard Katie DeLorenzo Chance Lee

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