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2015 Youth Bosque Planting Program Success

Volunteers planted a total 998 willow whips, 784 cottonwoods, and 176 shrubs this year.

ALBUQUERQUE- On Earth day, The City of Albuquerque is pleased to announce a successful year with the Youth Bosque Planting Program.

This year, 1,107 youth volunteers and 236 adult volunteers from 36 school groups worked on the west side of the river near Paseo del Norte in a habitat restoration site. The volunteers planted 998 willow whips, 784 cottonwoods, and 176 shrubs.

“This program not only strives to restore our Bosque with native vegetation, but we are cultivating the next generation of stewards to protect and preserve the land for many years to come,” said Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry.

The planting projects were managed by the Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department Open Space Division and funded by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority. The program also partners with the River X Change, local schools, and non-profit groups. Students who take part in this program walk away with knowledge of the environment, proper planting, habitat restoration, and water conservation.

The City of Albuquerque Open Space Division has been planting trees in the Bosque for over 25 years.