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Open Space La Orilla Willow Flycatcher Habitat Project

Information regarding the Habitat Restoration Project in the Bosque south of the La Orilla Channel (Fall 2012)

•The City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Division, in cooperation with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) and SWCA Environmental Consultants, has begun work on a large-scale habitat restoration project.

•This project is designed to restore habitat for the benefit of the endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus) on a 20-acre section of the Middle Rio Grande State Park in Bernalillo County, New Mexico.

•Habitat restoration entails creating an approximately 10-acre swale that will be dominated by native willows.

•An additional 10-acre buffer area will be planed with native riparian shrubs typical of the surrounding floodplain.

•The site is on lands that are owned and managed by the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Division.

•The project, when implemented, will contribute to the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program goal of meeting the habitat restoration requirements as stated in Element S of the Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives in the March 2003 Biological Opinion by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).

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