A public meeting will be held for the Middle Rio Grande Bosque Restoration Project on Tuesday, April 27, 4:00-6:00pm at the Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd., Albuquerque, NM. (The Open Space Visitor Center is located east of Coors Blvd. at the end of Bosque Meadows Rd. which is between Montano Blvd. and Paseo del Norte.) Information on the project including a Google Earth (©2010 Google) Flyover of the project will be provided at the meeting.
The Middle Rio Grande Bosque Restoration Project is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to study and make recommendations for ecosystem restoration in the vicinity of Albuquerque, New Mexico
extends for a distance of approximately 26 miles from the north boundary of the Corrales Bosque Preserve on the west bank (which includes portions of the Pueblo of Sandia on the east bank) to the Pueblo of Isleta on the south (see Figure below). “Bosque” is a Spanish word that is used traditionally in the southwest to refer to a wooded riparian area.
The Bosque provides critical habitat for a number of species of wildlife, including endangered species in the region. The bosque in this reach is also a critical open space in the heart of New Mexico's urban center.
The Proposed Project would restore 916 acres of the Middle Rio Grande bosque by
Improving hydrologic function by constructing high-flow channels, willow swales, and wetlands, and
By restoring native vegetation and habitat by removing jetty jacks, exotic species/fuel reduction, riparian gallery forest restoration, and
Creating opportunities for recreational, educational and interpretive features.