Rio Grande Valley Broadband • Entered by Susan Ostlie on December 30, 2020

Shining River trail maintenance, beaver fencing, and invasive plant removal

October 14, 2020 – October 15, 2020

Participants and Hours

Pre Planning hours 1
Post Admin hours 1
Activity Hours 8
Participants 10
Total Hours 82

Key Issue: Multiple apply
Activity Type: Stewardship (monitoring, sampling, planting, etc.)
Key Partners: Albuquerque Parks Dept./Open Space, Native Plant Society NM

Measurable Outcomes

Outcome 1: Invasives removed (10 plants)
Outcome 2: Trail cleared/built (1.5 miles)
Outcome 3: cottonwood trees fenced to prevent girdling by beavers (13 plants)[/if 1231]

Short Description of Activity

Day one mostly involved trail clearing, trash removal, and Ravenna grass removal. There were 11 participants; Day two was just fencing of larger cottonwood trees to keep beavers from killing them so they could supply poles to be planted as the older trees are dying off. There were 9 participants on this day.

Reflection/Evaluation

Both days people worked hard and got a lot done. In fact, they surpassed my expectations. We finished clearing the most important parts of the trails, and did all but about 7 of the large cottonwood trees fenced. Our Native Plant Society partner also identified plants that can be removed in the spring. We met afterwards for lunch on an outdoor patio just to socialize, which was really nice…The photos from this activity are already on a newsletter that I emailed out in October. Let me know if you need a link.

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