Rio Grande Valley Broadband • Entered by Linda Starr on January 1, 2021

Albuquerque Wildlife Federation Habitat Restoration

September 4, 2020 – September 6, 2020

Participants and Hours

Pre Planning hours 7
Post Admin hours 1
Activity Hours 8
Participants 4
Total Hours 40

Key Issue: Water-related Conservation
Activity Type: Stewardship (monitoring, sampling, planting, etc.)
Key Partners: Albuquerque Wildlife Federation
Landscape/area: Cibola National Forest (1616435 acres)

Short Description of Activity

The project was along a couple sections of Limestone Canyon in the San Mateo Mountains. Members of our Broadband helped cleanup debris and restore a riparian area for wildlife habitat. We collected rocks from a hillside to build a pond area (called a Zuni pot) for aquatic wildlife, and to slow down storm debris so that the stream bed can be returned to a near-natural condition.


This is hard work. I wanted to see that such a project could be done by our Broadband in the future and during the Pandemic. We were masked and socially distanced. Part of the reward for working is camping under the stars with a campfire and other people that share the same mindset on natural settings. We also shared food (breakfast burritos and buffalo burgers) that was prepared with sanitation and social distancing in mind. I think this is an activity our broadband network can do, though partnering with the AWF who has all the right kitchen materials and tools for work made the process8 easier.


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Photo Captions

1. Laurie Marnell, Bob Cornish, Luna (the dog) working in Fisher Canyon to build a Zuni Pot.

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