Conservation Project October 20

Help plant willows along Beaver Dam Analogs (BDAs) on the Rio Cebolla

When: 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 20, 2018

Where: Rio Cebolla inside the Jumping Mouse exclosures, about four miles north from Porter’s Landing on FR 376. Look for the work party along the creek. Meet at the work site at 10:00AM.

What: BDAs are gaining recognition as an important stream restoration tool. The structures function similar to beaver dams by slowing the water down, spreading it out, and causing sediment to drop to the streambed. The first BDAs were constructed with volunteer help on the Cebolla in October 2017 and April, 2018 and they are already functioning as designed. With the mild fall weather we have the opportunity to plant willow cuttings in the BDA areas, which will give them a headstart on the next growing season.

Volunteer Work: The willow cuttings will have been collected by USFS personnel.  Volunteers will punch holes along the stream bank, drop in the cuttings, and firm the soil around them. Bring waders or rubber boots, if you have them, since some of the work will be along the waterline

RSVP: New Mexico Trout is teaming with Trout Unlimited on this project. Lunch on October 20th will be provided by New Mexico Trout for those who RSVP to Rick Luitich ( by 5:00PM Wednesday, October 17th.

Directions: Take I25 north to Bernalillo, left exit on Highway 550 to San Ysidro, right on Highway 4 through village of Canon, left on State Road 485 about a mile past the high school.  Continue on SR 485, which becomes FR 376, for about another 16 miles. Look for the work party with US Forest Service vehicles. Total distance from the Big I is about 70 miles, driving time about 1 1/2 hours.

Photo from Trout Unlimited