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2014 Restoration Workshops

Comanche Creek
Thanks to all the volunteers who participated in Springwagon Creek and Grassy Creek workshops in 2013.
Check out the photos from last year's workshop!

Check back later for more information on the following:

Volunteer Work and Monitoring Weekend at Red Canyon Reserve
May 2-4, Friday - Sunday
Near Socorro, New Mexico
Scroll down for more information and to register for this FREE workshop.

Tools to Manage Drought and Disturbance
with Kirk Gadzia of Resource Management Services, LLC
May 8-9
Silver City, New Mexico
Scroll down for more information and to register for this FREE workshop.

Management of Horses on Small Acreages
with Hermit's Peak Watershed Alliance
June 6-7
Las Vegas, New Mexico
Check back soon for more information and registration

Annual Comanche Creek volunteer camping restoration weekend.
August 8, 9, 10

Quivira contact - mwalton@quiviracoalition.org


Power Point Presentations from
2012 New Mexico Watershed Forum
Preparing for and Adapting to Drought in Northern New Mexico
Las Vegas,NM - September 28-29, 2012

Aiding Forest Adaptation to Ecological Change
A Toolbox for Climate Adaptation Strategies
Practical Adaptation for Grass Farming_Ranching_Muller
Practical Adaptation for Grass Farming_Ranching_Walton
Practical Adaptations for Riparian and Wetland Areas
Weathering the Weird Weather

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Volunteer Work and Monitoring Weekend at Red Canyon Reserve
Tools to Manage Drought and Disturbance

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Volunteer Work and Monitoring Weekend at Red Canyon Reserve

Entering Red Canyon Reserve
Friday - Sunday, May 2-4

Located southwest of Socorro, New Mexico, Red Canyon Reserve is nestled among the foothills of the San Mateo Mountains, against the boundary of the Cibola National Forest. This 320-acre property, owned by the Quivira Coalition, is devoted to land restoration activities and the preservation of wildlife. The majestic and rugged Red Canyon bisects the property as it runs down from the western mountains and opens up onto the Rio Grande Basin to the east. Mule deer, antelope, mountain lion, javelina, black bear and many species of birds have been observed on the property.

Come and enjoy a beautiful spring weekend and help us out with a few monitoring tasks and chores: fence checking and repair, cleaning and refilling the wildlife drinkers, and assisting with the annual land health monitoring using the Bullseye methodology. We will also need help with plant ID so bring your field identification books!

Camping is available for overnight participants. The "Cow Palace" has a covered cooking area with a large propane 2-burner stove, a fire pit for evening get-togethers, a running sink, shower facilities and a high-end outhouse. Please be prepared to bring your own food, drinking water and camping gear.

With enough volunteer support, there will be plenty of time for hiking, exploring, bird watching and just relaxing at camp! If camping isn't your thing, Magdalena is just up State Road 107 about 20 miles from the ranch.

Register below to receive directions and an informational letter.

Workshop is limited to 30 participants.

Looking forward to seeing you on the land!
For questions contact: Avery

Tools to Manage Drought and Disturbance

Sponsored by the Quivira Coalition and The Nature Conservancy

Thursday and Friday, May 8-9
Silver City, New Mexico


Instructor, Kirk Gadzia of Resource Management Services.
With special presentations by Frank Hayes, Dick and Erin Evans, Ralph Pope and Dave Ogilivie.

DAY 1: Classroom Topics - Grant County Business and Conference Center
Who is here and what do you want to learn or share in this workshop? (Frank Hayes)
  • Current Status of Drought and Drought Outlook in New Mexico (Kirk Gadzia)
  • Essential Factors in Drought Planning--Making the Decisions You Need To ...When You Need To (Kirk Gadzia)
  • The Water Cycle--Making Rainfall More Effective (Kirk Gadzia)
  • Grazing Effects on Plant Health and How to Plan Grazing to Minimize Negative Effects (Kirk)
  • Controlling the Time, Frequency and Intensity of the Grazing Tool (Kirk Gadzia)
  • The Tool of Fire in Grassland Management (Ralph Pope)
  • Rest for Recovery--When is Enough and When is Too Little? (Kirk Gadzia)
  • Animal Impact as a Tool for Recovery--Why, When, Where? (Kirk Gadzia)
  • Drought: Survival (of the Fittest)--Profit Enhanced by Genetic Selection (C.R. and Erin Evans)
  • What Technological Advances are Critical for Drought Management (Kirk Gadzia)

DAY 2: THOMPSON CANYON RANCH TOUR
STOP 1 - Forest or Grassland? Wood Canyon Pasture at the C Bar Ranch (Frank/Kirk/Ralph)
  • What disturbances influence the health of this rangeland?
  • Role of fire--historic and now?
  • Tools for managing/rehabilitation for health and productivity
STOP 2 - Overview of Thompson Canyon Ranch
  • Historic perspective--then and now (Dave Ogilvie)
  • Observations of wildfire (2011) and discussion about adjacent land health
STOP 3 - Knight Canyon at Thompson Canyon Ranch
  • Past and current management--correcting "management" of the past
  • Setting a course for the future--realistic and observable expectations
STOP 4 - Ogilvie Wildfire 2011--An Opportunity for Comparison
Background on fire activity and pasture management
  • Observations about the current health of the range--in and out of the fire
  • BullsEye! Targeting rangeland health objectives and comparing within and outside the burn area
    • How to observe and measure the current health of the rangeland
    • Determining plant mortality and drought effects in the field
    • Rest for recovery from disturbance--how much is enough?
    • Bare ground and the importance of litter
    • Living organisms
STOP 5 - Healing the Water Cycle

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For questions contact: Mollie