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District and Natural Resources Conservation Service host local work group meeting

—Carolyn Kennedy, District Manager, Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District

The Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) and Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) are announcing a Farm Bill Local Work Group meeting to be held on September 8 at 10:00 to noon in the conference room of the Coronado SWCD office (1500 Idalia, Building C (Park and Ride facility), Bernalillo, NM 87004).

The NRCS administers several programs that assist individuals actively engaged in agriculture with improving and maintaining the health of natural resources in the area. The programs encompass tribal and non-tribal lands in the District, including grazing, farming, and forested lands. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is one program that was established under the 1996 Farm Bill.  Through EQIP, farmers and ranchers may receive financial and technical help to install or implement structural and management conservation practices on eligible agricultural land.

The Local Work Group meeting is to assist NRCS and Coronado SWCD to prepare for the Fiscal Year 2015 EQIP program. EQIP funds will be established for each NRCS Field Office that serves one or more Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Input is needed from the Local Work Group to help determine local resource concerns so the District Conservationist and the SWCD manager can develop a community-based proposed program for implementation. Once the program is established, it will be submitted to the State Conservationist for review and approval.  Upon approval, program determinations for 2015 will be posted on the New Mexico NRCS website: .

 If you have any questions regarding the Local Work Group meeting, call 865-4643 Ext. 3.

Archaeology laboratory coming to the Coronado Historic Site this fall

—Charron McFadden

The Coronado Historic Site, with Ranger Ethan, is developing a hands-on Archaeology Laboratory at the Site. Visitors to the Site can learn about the Scientific Process, identify and analyze artifacts, learn to take field notes, draw maps, and use tools just as an archaeologist would. The Rangers are very excited to offer this safe and family-oriented opportunity to budding young scientists in our community, as well as to folks who are just curious about the process.

Visit our new blog,, to follow the progress of the “dig site” and learn about the “Artifact of the Week” posted every Friday. The Archaeology Laboratory is supported by the Friends of Coronado Historic Site.

Coronado Historic Site is located at 485 Kuaua Road in Bernalillo, 1.5 miles west of the I-25 exit 242, off Hwy 550. For more information, call 867-5351 or go to

Master Gardener trainee applications due

—Lynda Garvin

Applications are now being taken for the NMSU Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Training Program for 2015. The volunteer program is designed to educate and assist the residents of Sandoval County in all aspect of gardening.

The 14-week course will begin on January 6, 2015, and end April 14. Classes will be held every Tuesday from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. at the County Extension office, located in the old Sandoval Courthouse in the Town of Bernalillo.

To become certified as a Sandoval County Master Gardener, you are required to log forty hours of class, which will include testing and thirty hours of volunteer work.

The Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program is limited to 35 students. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2014. The cost is $125 dollars. The class fills quickly with a waiting list so early applications are advised.

For more information and to obtain a Master Gardener application, contact the Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service at 867-2582 or toll free 1 (800) 678-1802 or at:

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