Rio Grande Bosque Educational Forum #4
Rio Grande Bosque Educational Forums
Local, regional specialists to provide education and opportunity for dialogue about our Bosque
FORUM #4 THE FUTURE OF RIO GRANDE VALLEY STATE PARK
Moderator: Steve Glass, Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District
Invited Panelists: Dave Simon, Jewish Community Center and Former Director of NM State Parks
Scott Verhines, New Mexico State Engineer
Richard Barish, Sierra Club
Mathew Schmader, City of Albuquerque, Open Space
The level of interest about planning for proposed improvements to the Bosque within Rio Grande Valley State Park has been exceptional and has resulted in good discussion and many ideas on how to plan for the future of the Rio Grande Valley State Park. The City Open Space Division is engaged in environmental monitoring, which began in September 2013, and will occur through the winter and spring nesting season, and through the summer of 2014 for collection of data on plants and soils. This environmental monitoring will influence future management decisions and improvements to Rio Grande Valley State Park.
While the monitoring is taking place, a series of four (4) public educational forums will be offered. A wide range of topics will be covered, including: history and culture, environmental education and climate change, restoration and recreation, and the Bosque’s future will be presented. Concurrent with the last three educational forums will be ‘Walk and Talks’ events in April, May, and June 2014 in the Bosque. Participants will have an opportunity to walk in Rio Grande Valley State Park with City of Albuquerque Open Space educators and representatives from partnering agencies to learn about research, restoration, land management and recreation activities in the Bosque.
Collectively organized by representatives from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, City of Albuquerque, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, Bosque Ecological Monitoring Program and the University of New Mexico.
For more information, please contact the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department at (505) 768-5353, email [email protected] or visit www.abqriograndebosque.com.