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Save the Date: Riparian Restoration Workshop

The Riparian Restoration Workshop is being held in Las Cruces, NM, on February 26th.
When Feb 26, 2013
from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Where Las Cruces, NM
Contact Name Angel Montoya
Contact Phone 575-525-4350
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 Join Greg Fenchel and Keith White from the Los Lunas Plant Materials Center as they present restoration techniques for areas recently affected

by woody invasives

removal and/or treatments. 

 

Topics to include:

  - Cottonwood / willow planting

  - Long stem pot installation

  - Adjacent upland restoration

  - Vibrating Stinger utility 

 

 


ABSTRACT- Southwestern Riparian Tree and Shrub Planting Methods
That Require Minimal or No Irrigation

 

Due to the loss of the natural hydrologic conditions on many rivers in the Southwest, it may be necessary to plant riparian vegetation on the banks and floodplains to reduce soil erosion, enhance wildlife habitat, create buffers, and improve recreational opportunities. From 2002 to 2004, over 34,000 acres in New Mexico were treated either chemically or mechanically to control salt cedar, Russian olive, Siberian elm, and other non-native phreatophytic vegetation.  The release of the Diorhabda spp. beetle for biological control of salt cedar which has just recently occurred in New Mexico will also provide new planting opportunities.  In the lower elevations in the Southwest where annual precipitation is less than 15 inches, traditional planting methods require frequent irrigation. This is very labor intensive and often cost prohibited. In response, the New Mexico Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has developed deep planting methods (for tree and shrubs) that connect to the shallow water table and reduce the amount of subsequent irrigation. More than 20,000 shrubs or trees have been established over a 20-year period with a 70 percent or better survival rate on most sites.  In a ‘Power Point’ presentation, planting methods will be discussed in detail including some replicated studies that have helped to refine the methodologies. Photos of demonstration plantings of up to 40 acres in area, taken before and after treatment, will be presented.  A hands-on workshop will follow that will allow the participants to operate unique planting tools that drill deep planting holes easily.  Specific planting zones for various riparian species will be discussed. The workshop will be located on the Rio Grande in Radium Springs, NM.  

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