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August 16-18: Valles Caldera National Preserve
As we have for the past several years, AWF is planning to team up with Los Amigos de Valles Caldera for two projects in the Valles Caldera National Preserve, one in July and one in August.
Our focus will be on restoring wetland areas by by planting willow cuttings along a section of Jaramillo Creek. When established, willows not only reduce stream bank erosion, they also shade the stream which cools the water and improves fish habitat. Jaramillo Creek is a major tributary to the East Fork of the Jemez River. The wetlands have been severely impacted by past grazing practices and the intense logging that occurred in the drainage. The large fires that swept through the area two years ago (and again this summer) are also having major impacts on the ecosystem and provide us with some unique restoration opportunities.
The work will involve using small hand augers and bars to make holes in wet terraces along the creek and planting willow cuttings. We may also be building some rock structures and placing posts and stringing woven wire fencing to build exclosures to protect the willows from overgrazing by elk.
Children are welcome but no pets are permitted on the Preserve. Tents, pickup campers, small RV’s and tent or travel trailers are allowed. We will be camping in the Preserve, probably in the San Antonio Cabin area. Access will be arranged through the main gate in the Valle Grande on Highway 4.
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2013 AWF Project Schedule