Rio Cebolla Workshop and BBQ – May 30, 2015

WHAT:  Our annual member BBQ will be held on Saturday, May 30 in conjunction with a stream restoration clinic led by Bill Zeedyk, an expert in wetland and stream habitats.

Areas on the Rio Cebolla in the Santa Fe National Forest that we had targeted for restoration work have been closed to public access in response to the listing of the NM Meadow Jumping Mouse as an endangered species. We have permission to conduct this event on a private in-holding on the Rio Cebolla.

We will learn about techniques that reduce erosion and riparian degradation and improve fish habitat. These same techniques will be important for restoring Meadow Jumping Mouse habitat once its recovery plan has been developed.

WHO: Bill Zeedyk brings a lifetime of experience in natural resource conservation to the practice of river, wetland and riparian restoration. After retiring from the U.S. Forest Service with thirty-four years experience in habitat management, Bill founded a small consulting business to motivate others to employ his simple techniques for healing incised streams and gullied wetlands. NM Trout members have worked with Bill and his associates for many years on the restoration of Rio Grande Cutthroat trout on Comanche Creek in the Carson National Forest.

LOCATION and TIME: We will meet at 9:30 AM at the private property boundary where the Rio Cebolla flows under Forest Road 376. This spot is about 15 miles north of the Gilman Tunnels.  See the map below.

DETAILS: Bring gloves and a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and a hat. At noon we will break to enjoy a lunch of Rudy’s BBQ provided for NM Trout members.

If your membership has elapsed, please renew it!

Participants will have to sign a document releasing the property owner of any liability resulting from our event.

RSVP to Ron Loehman by 5:00 PM Tuesday, May 26th and we will provide you with lunch.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Take I-25 north to Bernalillo, left 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 5 miles to the Gilman Tunnels. The workshop site is about another 15 miles north on FR 376. Total distance from the Big I is about 75 miles, driving time a little over an hour and a half.