Conservation Update

Ron Loehman, Conservation Chair
From the April 2014 newsletter

Each season New Mexico Trout members volunteer for work on conservation projects in support of the US Forest Service and other state and federal resource management agencies. Many of the projects are on streams in the Jemez Mountains and most are on weekends.Our first project was a great success, cleaning up trash along the Rio Guadalupe on 12 April. Sixteen hardy souls tromped through the underbrush retrieving 39 large bags of trash – enough to fill a full size pickup bed and then some! Afterwards, they enjoyed a streamside lunch and social time, and a beautiful spring day in the Jemez.
385Our other upcoming projects currently scheduled are listed below. More will be added as the different agencies firm up their plans for the 2014 season.The next event on 31 May will be in conjunction with the annual NMT Barbeque. Join us for this project and a fine meal afterwards!

May 31           Cattle fencing and riparian restoration on the middle Rio Cebolla
July 12           Riparian restoration on the middle Rio Cebolla
August 8-10   Restoration on Comanche Creek, Carson NF

Remember, three volunteers are randomly chosen each year at the Conclave to win a cash award! This year, Michael Maes, Mike Stallard, and James Stone were awarded $100 for their support to conservation programs. The more you volunteer, the better your chances to win! Join us for the fun.