SANTA FE, N.M. – On Friday, July 6 at 9:15 a.m., U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will be in Taos to visit the Taos Land Trust’s Rio Fernando Park restoration project and participate in a Youth Conservation Corps’ (YCC) project to repair an abandoned acequia. Youth Conservation Corps is a federal youth employment program which grants youth the ability to participate in meaningful conservation work across national parks and forests.
Assisted by the YCC, the Taos Land Trust is working to restore previous agricultural lands and wetlands to improve water quality, enhance habitats, and to create a 20-acre park for conservation education. This project will revitalize a section of the Rio Fernando River, bring an acequia back to life, and restore the once-productive agricultural lands of this property. Once finished, the site will provide the community and its visitors with downtown access to the river and green space through a network of trails.
Senator Heinrich is a strong supporter of conservation programs to improve the health and resiliency of New Mexico’s parks and forests, and recently secured a provision in the Senate 2018 Farm Bill to make acequias eligible for grants and technical assistance from conservation and environmental programs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).
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Taos - Friday, July 6, 2018
WHO: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich
WHAT: Taos Youth Conservation Corps Project
WHEN: From 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. MT
WHERE: Taos Land Trust, 410 La Posta Road, Taos, N.M. 87571