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Friends of Rio Rancho Open Space, Inc.

2010

Nov 8, 2010 -- Removal of regrowth in the Willow Creek has begun.

July-Aug 2010 -- New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps worked in the Willow Creek bosque.

April 2010 - Planted 150 cottonwood poles and wrapped some to protect from beaver damage.

May 2010 -- Mowed weeds in Willow Creek bosque. Installed a new monitoring well to replace one damaged by mower.

April 2010 - Volunteeres planted 150 cottonwood poles and wrapped some to protect from beaver damage.

2009

April 2009 - Built a bird blind along the banks of the Rio Grande

Feb 2009 -- Southwest Interface Solutions completed removing invasives from the final 11 acres of the middle bosque sandbars.

2008Nov 2008-- Southwest Interface Solutions completed clearing approximately 14 acres of invasives on the sandbars in the middle bosque.

FORROS received a $25,000 grant from U.S. Fish and Wildlife for restoration work in the bosque.

May -- Pulte Homes volunteers cut new growth invasives and removed weeds from the Willow Creek bosque.

April -- Volunteers from FORROS planted four-wing salt bushes in the Willow Creek bosque.

March 14 2008 -- Volunteers planted 125 cottonwood trees in the Willow Creek Bosque.

Feb. 2008 -- Clearing of the sandbars in Willow Creek has begun. Next will be the sandbars in the middle bosque.

2007

Mayor Kevin Jackson delcares May 9 is Friends of Rio Rancho Open Space Day

April 19 -- U.S. Forestry is doing a chainsaw practice in the Willow Creek bosque. They are removing dead trees.

Feb. 17, 2007 -- Eagle Scout Barett Andreasen of Troop 177, along with family and friends from Troops 177 and 717 removed tires from the Willow Creek bosque.

January 2007 -- Crews worked to repair the road and paking at the Willow Creek bosque. Summer rains had washed out the road.

2006

Dec 2006 -- Work has begun on a BEMP site in the Willow Creek bosque.

Aug 2006 -- Willow Creek bosque is closed due to the washout of the arroyo along the road and mud in the bosque.

July 14 -- Eagle Scout Robert Ortiz installed eight benches along the bosque trail.

June 29 -- Ribbon Cutting in Willow Creek bosque.

April 2006 -- Regrowth of invasive species in Willow Creek Bosque were treated with herbicides by Southwest Interface Solutions. Funding was from New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts (NMACD).

2005

Dec 2005 -- Work was completed on 11 acres of sandbar south of the middle bosque by SWISCO, funded by US Fish and Wildlife.

Oct 2005-- Thirty acres of invasive species and dead cottonwoods were removed in the Willow Creek bosque by BOSS Reclamation with funding from Ciudad. Additional dead trees were removed from another 15 acres with funding from the City of Rio Rancho and MRCOG.

Aug 31 -- FORROS was presented an award for "2005 Outstanding Volunteer Organization" by Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful.

April 30 -- FORROS volunteers removed tumbleweeds from the Willow Creek Bosque with the help of a Waste Management trash truck.

April 13 -- FORROS volunteers were recognized by the City of Rio Rancho for "dedication and commitment to the improvement of quality of life for our community".

March 30 - April 4 -- Movie crew from the History Channel filmed in the Willow Creek and North Beach Bosques.

March 29 -- Concrete trash receptacles were installed in the Willow Creek and North Beach parking lots.

March 10 -- Twelve volunteers from Intel worked in the Willow Creek Bosque clearing trails after salt cedars and Russian olives were removed along the Venada Arroyo.

As of Feb. 27 firewood is available in the Willow Creek parking lot for residents' use.

2004

On Dec. 30 work was completed on 42 acres of the Willow Creek Bosque -- one week ahead of schedule

On Dec. 8 the work of clearing invasive species from the Willow Creek Bosue began.

Dec. 4 -- Students from UNM removed trash from the Middle Bosque.

Nov. 16 -- Doug Parker from U.S. Forestry taught FORROS volunteers the fine art of spraying salt cedar and Russian olive regrowth.

Sept. 18 -- PNM employees and their families volunteered in the Willow Creek Bosque cutting salt cedars.

Aug. 31 -- Representatives of U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Office of the Natural Resources Trustee, New Mexico Environment Dept., City of Rio Rancho and FORROS toured the Willow Creek Bosque to check on the dying and dead trees.

Aug. 18 -- Cyndie Abeyta and Joel Lusk of U.S. Fish and Wildlife tested the water in the five wells in the Willow Creek Bosque.

Aug. 14--Toby Weisenhaus, Boy Scout Troop 1974, installed benches along the path above the bosque as his Eagle Scout project.

Aug. 18 -- Cyndie Abeyta and Joel Lusk of U.S. Fish and Wildlife tested the water in the five wells in the Willow Creek Bosque.

Aug. 14--Toby Weisenhaus, Boy Scout Troop 1974, installed benches along the path above the bosque as his Eagle Scout project.

June 9--Cyndie Abeyta of U.S. Fish and Wildlife tested the water in the ground water monitoring wells in the Willow Creek Bosque..

June 2--Callie M. Gnatowski, Field Representative of Sen. Dominici and U.S. Fish and Wildlife toured the North Beach Bosque to see the work has been done there. They also toured the Willow Creek Bosque where clearing will start in the fall

May 13--Volunteers work in the Willow Creek Bosque to try to determine the reason for 22 acres of dead and dying cottonwood trees.

On March 30 FORROS started planting trees in North Beach bosque.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on March 20 to celebrate the clearing of 28 acres of the bosque.

On March 13 Cub Scout Pac 147, Den 8 did a great job clearing trash from the bosque.

March 6--FORROS volunteers work to stabilize the bank at North Beach

Feb. 23 -- FORROS volunteers helped cut and spray Russian olive stumps.

On Feb. 9 SWISCO completed the middle section of the bosque. At the same time New Mexico Forestry was finishing work on the five acres at North Beach.

Jan. 26 -- Don Chalmers Ford provided a truck to be used to move the wood chipper around

Jan. 21--New Mexico Forestry started working on the North Beach area

Jan. 10--SWISCO should complete clearing the 22 acre site in two weeks.

New Mexico Forestry will start work on the five acres at North Beach Jan. 20, 2004.

2003

As of Dec. 13 there are only about four acres left to clear

Dec. 1, SWISCO started on the southern end of the area.

City officials tour the bosque on Saturday, Nov. 15

On Saturday (11/15) University of New Mexico students help clean up trash in the bosque.

Nov. 10--Swisco is down to about eight acres left to clear.

With nine acres (10/1) cleared you can now catch a glimpse of the Rio Grande from the path.

Free firewood available

As of Sept. 12 five acres have been cleared.

SWISCO has increased it's crew to five men

View 360 degree QuickTime movie of cleared bosque.

Approximately two acres completed as of Aug. 29.