November 29, 2019 – In a repeat of a favorite “Our Land” segment, correspondent Laura Paskus takes us to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge for a look behind the scenes at how managers maintain this internationally renowned habitat.
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, songbirds, 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.
Nov. 8, 2019 – Supporters of an oft-changing plan to use water from the Gila River in southwestern New Mexico have asked the federal government for more time to determine the best use of that river. Tens of millions of federal dollars hang in the balance if a diversion is built, but opponents of the plan point to the nearly $14 million spent on haggling over a series of shrinking projects as evidence that the state should focus existing federal dollars on more practical water projects. Environmental reporter and “Our Land” correspondent Laura Paskus speaks with host Gene Grant about the latest developments.