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Become a tree steward

The City of Rio Rancho’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department and its Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful Division are seeking volunteers interested in receiving free training to become an official tree steward for the community. This year’s training will take place over the course of three days: May 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and May 13 and May 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Up to 25 residents can be trained during the three day workshop at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle. Tree stewards will be trained by professional arborists to assist at one local park, preferably within their neighborhood.

A year-long volunteer commitment is requested to receive tree-steward training. Applicants must be 18 years of age and older. Ongoing training will be provided. To register, call 896-8389.

Those that are certified as tree stewards will work in teams of two or more and receive tools, training, and ongoing support to help care for trees in local parks. Tree stewards visit their chosen park and report tree and park concerns; assist with planting and pruning of young, newly established trees; maintain site conditions; report vandalism; and report water system problems.

Las Placitas Association offers a nature hike in the Open Space

Las Placitas Association is pleased to announce this month’s native plant hike led by Michael Crofoot. On April 22, Michael invites you join him to see what the open space looks like now that warm weather has already forced many flowers to bloom. His March hike found Fuzzy Asters and Fendler's Bladderpod.

The hike will start at 9:00 a.m. and last about two hours. He will try to identify the plant species seen and will share some of their stories in the context of understanding the environmental history of this open-space park. There will be time to take photographs and for a short discussion time. Wear a good hat, rugged shoes, bring plenty of liquids, and be prepared for a relatively easy hike with a bunch of nature lovers.

Meet at 8:45 a.m. Go through the east gate of the Open Space off the BLM access in the Toad Road, Mustang Mesa area to meet Michael at the Open Space gate. For further information, visit
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