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Winter Work in Bosque Begins

Removal of invasive plants, heavy fuels will make Bosque healthier, safer.
December 13, 2023

The City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department (PRD) is starting routine winter project work in the Rio Grande bosque. The project will remove non-native/invasive plants and reduce heavy fuel loads that increase fire risk.

The project area includes both the east and west sides of the Rio Grande, from just north of Central Avenue to Bridge Boulevard/Cesar Chavez. This stretch of forest has seen numerous wildfires varying in size and severity over the past few years. Crews will focus on removing non-native species of plants, thinning vegetation that serves as fuel under large cottonwood trees, and removing downed wood.

“We appreciate the community’s patience as we complete this important project to keep the bosque healthy,” said PRD Director Dave Simon.

Work will begin in the bosque the week of December 11 and continue until April 2024.  Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District will complete the work through a partnership with the City’s Open Space Division. While crews are working, signage will indicate some temporary closures of trails and access points.

“The removal of non-native species will result in a more open and resilient forest,” said Ricky Reedy, forest health manager for Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District. “This will reduce the risk potential of wildfires and also improve visibility through the Bosque.”

This project to improve forest/ecosystem health and reduce fire risk is funded by a nearly $1 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), administered through the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.