The Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a governmental subdivision of New Mexico serving eastern Sandoval County.
Coronado SWCD helps landowners, farmers, ranchers, residents and local organizations carry out conservation projects. These projects help to:
Seeking Solutions • Leveraging Resources • Engaging Local Partners
News and Announcements
Batty for bats
At the October board meeting, Coronado's Board of Supervisors voted to donate $500 to the NM Bat Working Group to further research on White Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease that is decimating the bat population in New Mexico and across the country. The disease has spread at an alarming rate and millions of bats have died from it since 2008. Learn more about efforts to save the bats here.
New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Conference, November 30, UNM Valencia campus.
New Mexico Vegetation Management Association annual meeting, Nov. 16-17, Albuquerque.
New Mexico Rural Water Association Conference, Nov. 14-16, Las Cruces.
New Mexico Water Dialogue's 23rd Annual Statewide Meeting, Jan. 12, 2017, Albuquerque.
Help get kids engaged in water conservation! Free educational resources are available that combine a read-aloud story with fun activities to engage youth and adults together. Use the materials in classroom, home school, adult literacy programs and informal education programs. Some items are available in Spanish. Access the materials here.
The US Forest Service has released "A Citizens' Guide to National Forest Planning." It aims to demystify the forest planning process and explain how organizations and citizens can be involved in forest plan revisions. You can download the guide here. Posted 10/11/16
The Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District has received a second grant from the NM Soil and Water Conservation Commission to continue its Erosion Control Project in the Placitas Open Space (POS).
Volunteers will receive permaculture training from local experts and take part in half-day work parties that will be held about twice a month this winter.
12/6 update: Yea! The weather looks good (good enough) for the initial training session on Saturday, December 10th, noon to 3 pm. We'll meet at the work site on the Placitas Open Space, so dress warmly. We still need a few volunteers to lend a hand!
To volunteer and get directions to the work site, contact Carol Kennedy at 505-867-2853 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A general POS map is here.
Last years' volunteers did a great job and had a lot of fun, so we hope you'll join us this year!
What it is: The aim of the project is to facilitate regrowth of native vegetation in the 560-acre POS recreational area by slowing run-off and promoting better infiltration of snow and rain water into the soils. This year we will focus on stopping gully erosion using “rock plating,” a technique that involves using hand tools and--you guessed it--small rocks.
Check it out: You can visit the permaculture site by walking onto the POS from the west entrance. You’ll see lines of parallel trenches (swales) running across several hillsides. Fine sediment is accumulating in the swales, and grass seeds that were planted in straw "sponge pockets" in the swales are beginning to sprout.
Posted November 7, 2016
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