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Rio Rancho Bosque Open Space Habitat Restoration Project

 —Julie Maas

On November 13, an informational meeting about the planned “Rio Rancho Bosque Open Space Habitat Restoration Project was held in Rio Rancho.

State of New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (NMISC) staff gave a presentation regarding the project work plan and the benefits of the intended work. The project will take place along the river within Rio Rancho Open Space at the North Beach area (at the mouth of Barrancas Arroyo) and at Willow Creek Bosque Park and is expected to begin in late February 2013. Representatives from the City of Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department (Rio Rancho) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) were also there to answer questions.

The “Rio Rancho Bosque Open Space Habitat Restoration Project” is a coordinated effort by NMISC, Rio Rancho, and Friends of Rio Rancho Open Space. The project is funded by the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program through Reclamation and NMISC. The project will aid water managers and water users in complying with the Endangered Species Act.

The restoration project will improve or restore approximately 28 acres of habitat, including river habitat for the Rio Grande silvery minnow, which will help with silvery minnow spawning in the spring on 2013.  The project will also restore a degraded wetland, improve wildlife habitat, and improve recreational access to the river. Additionally, the project includes an Integrated Management Plan that will present recommendations to the City of Rio Rancho for the management, improvement, and preservation of the Bosque Open Space.

Construction of the project will result in a temporary closure of the Willow Creek Bosque Park parking lot and trails.

For more information, contact Page Pegram at 505-383-4051.


Range Café recycling fundraiser provides much-needed $$

—Robin Brandin

On October 22, many residents from Placitas and nearby areas enjoyed a meal at the Range Café in Bernalillo and helped the Placitas Recycling Association (PRA) continue to provide recycling services to the local community. The PRA is especially grateful to the Range and participating patrons for making the day-long fund-raising event a success.

“People frequently ask us why we need to raise money,” observed PRA Board President, Chris DiGregory. “The truth is: the Placitas Recycling Association is a self-supporting, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our operations are not funded by any government agency. We depend on volunteers for most of our labor, but we need funds for maintaining the yard and the trailers used to collect the recycled materials, fuel for the truck that hauls the materials to buyers in Albuquerque, insurance, and other expenses. The proceeds we receive from selling the materials cover most of those expenses, but we are pursuing other sources of funds to be able to continue growing our program and expanding the services we offer to the Placitas community.”

 The PRA’s non-profit status also limits the materials the Placitas Recycling Center on Highway 165 can accept. There must be a market for all the materials collected. Currently, the center accepts cardboard, newspaper, mixed paper, office paper, aluminum, No. 1 and No. 2 plastics, printer cartridges, cell phones, and rechargeable batteries. The PRA does not have staff to separate the materials, so patrons are asked to bring them to the center already segregated. Those items have a market in the Albuquerque area, but only if they are appropriately separated and free of contaminants. All proceeds are put back into recycling operations. The center also collects bagged polystyrene peanuts, which are available for reuse as packing material. Used cardboard moving boxes are also available at the center for reuse.

The Placitas Recycling Center is located on the north side of Highway 165, approximately one half mile from the I-25 interchange. It is open on Saturday mornings (except on four posted holidays per year) from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Patrons are reminded that the center will be closed December 22, the Saturday before Christmas.

The PRA is always in need of volunteers and monetary donations. Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up at the recycling center on Saturday mornings or call Max Pruneda at 877-7745. Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Placitas Recycling Association and sent to the attention of Julie Denison, Treasurer, at 44B Highway 165, Placitas, NM 87043.

For more information, visit the PRA website at: www.placitasrecycling.com

 
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