Rio Jemez Corridor Conservation Project

The Rio Jemez Corridor Conservation Project is a collaborative effort between the NRCS (Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program), BIA, and USACE. The project involves the installation of fence lines along the Rio Jemez Corridor to improve and protect the quality of habitats associated with the Rio Jemez. Fence lines installed during the project created a 15,656 acre riparian and upland buffer along the Rio Jemez that will be managed specifically for wildlife and protected from livestock grazing until 2010. However, installation of fence lines eliminated the most reliable source of perennial water available to the Pueblo's livestock. Therefore, the Pueblo sought additional funds to supplement water for wildlife and to meet the livestock demands outside the fence line boundaries. The project allows the Pueblo to improve environmental conditions within the Rio Jemez Corridor by reducing erosion along the river and improving the quality of riparian vegetation, wildlife habitat, and water quality throughout the entire system.

Specific activities and accomplishments associated with the Rio Jemez Corridor Conservation Project include installing 15 miles of fence lines, 8.5 miles of water lines, 2 solar-powered wells, 12 troughs, and 21 wildlife drinkers. The project also includes planting over 2,200 mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus montanus) shrubs, which will provide valuable browse for traditionally important wildlife.

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