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Our Land: Bosque del Apache

Bosque del Apache

January 12, 2018 – This month on “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future,” we visit Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro.

Many people visit the refuge during the winter months to get an up-close look at the tens of thousands of sandhill cranes, snow geese and ducks that migrate to the Middle Rio Grande each year. But the refuge also hosts all kinds of other wildlife, including raptors, song birds, elk, deer, javelina, bobcats and mountain lions.

Supporting all that wildlife, as well as the thousands of visitors who come to the refuge each year, means staffers and volunteers have their work cut out for them throughout the year. As refuge manager Kevin Cobble helped us understand, there are crops to grow and water to move around. And even more sights to see!

For more information:

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

The refuge’s Facebook page

Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Our Land: Collaborative Forest Restoration

NMiF: Our Land

November 24, 2017 - In the Jemez Mountains, a long-term project brings together people from different backgrounds, scientists from a range of disciplines and even environmental advocates and the timber industry.

The Southwest Jemez Mountains Resilient Landscapes and Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project covers 210,000 acres spread across the Santa Fe National Forest, Valles Caldera and the Pueblo of Jemez.

The goal is to return the Jemez’s forests to their more natural state—closer to what they were like before large-scale grazing in the late 1800s and a century’s worth of fire-suppression led to the thickets they had become by the end of the 20th century, when overgrown forests, drought and warming led to fires like Las Conchas in 2011.

In the August, 2017, episode of “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future,” Dr. Bob Parmenter, chief of science and resource stewardship at Valles Caldera National Preserve, and Susan Harrelson, a silviculturalist with the U.S. Forest Service, show us the difference between healthy and overgrown forests in northern New Mexico and talk about the importance of reintroducing fire to the landscape.

Learn More/Read More:
Southwest Jemez Mountains Resilient Landscapes and Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project
Santa Fe National Forest historic photograph archives
Valles Caldera National Preserve
New Mexico Political Report