Central Socorro Bosque Severance Project
On-the-ground work for the Central Socorro Bosque severance project began in 2017 - if you visit some of our riverine parks right now, you can see one of our projects in progress! The Save Our Bosque Task Force and partners have already removed tamarisk and Russian Olive throughout much of the project area. The trees were mulched and left on the ground to control weeds. This winter, the resprouts will be treated with herbicide, and we will plant native shrubs and forbs in appropriate areas next spring.
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 and will ready for native shrub and grass plantings in 2019!
A view of the Central Socorro Bosque Severance Project area prior to treatment. Not much to see except for tamarisk!
This is what you will see if you drive on the levee along the riverside parks now. The area has been cleared of invasive species, giving the native Cottonwoods and other desireable species room to grow - as well as providing more enjoyable recreation opportunities to the citizens of Socorro.