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New Mexico Forestry Division Watershed Restoration Project to Begin on Public Lands Using State Severance Tax Funds

News Release - November 4, 2014

San Juan Soil and Water                                     NM State Forestry
Conservation District                                          HC 75 Box 100
1427 W. Aztec Blvd., Suite 1                                                                     
Chama, NM 87520
Aztec, NM 87410
Contact: Emma Deyo                                                                                 
Contact: Dan Ware
(505) 334-3090 | emma.deyo@sanjuanswcd.com                                      (505) 345-2200 |
daniel.ware@state.nm.us

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE
November 4, 2014

New Mexico Forestry Division Watershed Restoration Project to Begin on Public Lands Using State
Severance Tax Funds

AZTEC, NM – Work is scheduled to begin on the Dos Rios Restoration Project, which will restore 510
acres of public land along the San Juan and Animas Rivers, using $645,150 of state severance tax
funding.

This project will promote the health of the watershed and reduce the threat of catastrophic
wildfire and the resulting post-fire damage by removing invasive Russian olive and salt cedar, and
encouraging the growth of native vegetation along the San Juan and Animas Rivers. This work will be
performed entirely on public lands, and will restore riparian areas on State Parks, State Game and
Fish, Bureau of Land Management, City of Farmington, City of Aztec and Navajo Nation Tribal
properties.

“Projects like the Dos Rios show what can be done when agencies collaborate toward a common goal,”
said State Forestry Chama District Timber Management Officer Joe Carrillo. “Thanks to the funding
approved by the state legislature and Governor Martinez, we’ll be able to focus funds on the
highest at risk areas of our state and protect communities as well as natural resources.”

The Dos Rios project will target watersheds listed as high priority on the Chama District Priority
Watersheds for Enhancing and Protecting Water Quality in the New Mexico Statewide Assessment.
Native vegetation will also be planted in areas that have previously been treated for hazardous
fuel reduction. This will directly support water quality objectives by returning resilient native
plant communities to riparian areas along our rivers, and reduce the risk of fire and resulting
high erosion events.

This three year project will complement the Lower Animas Watershed Based Planning Project. Governor
Martinez announced back in June that San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District would be receiving
these funds, and efforts have been ramping up locally in preparation for the start of the project.


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