Central Socorro Bosque Severance Project
On-the-ground work for the Central Socorro Bosque severance project began in 2017 and tree clearing was completed in 2019. Saltcedar and Russian Olive trees were mulched and left on the ground to control weeds. Resprouts were treated with herbicide, and some areas were reseeded with native grass or planted with native forbs and shrubs.
There are many large Cottonwood trees in the area to provide shade for your picnic, fishing trip, or hike along the bosque, along with many other native species such as New Mexico Olive, Goodding's Willow, Coyote Willow and Torrey Wolfberry that provide habitat and food for numerous wildlife species. We hope you will find our riverine parks to be more enjoyable with the tamarisk and Russian Olive removed. Now it is much easier to enjoy the grandeur of an old-growth Rio Grande Cottonwood tree, or to access the river for fishing. Stay tuned for updates on our progress on this project - or visit the parks and see for yourself!
Project areas are outlined in yellow - this has all been cleared of invasive woody vegetation
A view of the Central Socorro Bosque Severance Project area prior to treatment. Not much to see except for tamarisk!
This video shows one of the areas where invasive trees were removed and mulched.