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CF5, Six-Mile Canyon Watershed Improvement, Mt. Taylor Ranger District, Cibola National Forest. A series of three check dams with spillways were constructed in this canyon to inhibit the movement of precipitation down this waterway. The end result is increased soil moisture levels and vegetation above the structures, reduced movement of silt, and a temporary water source for wildlife.






Coonie Prairie Maintenance (Gila National Forest), SWG164. This project on the Black Range Ranger District involved the cutting and spot burning of pinon/juniper at arrest the invasion of these species into the open meadow habitat.


Six-Mile Canyon Prescribed Burn (Cibola National Forest), CF2. Completed in 1992, this project in the Zuni Mountains was completed to improve vegetative conditions for wildlife. With the suppression of natural fires, many areas have become less desirable to wildlife. Fire rejuvenates and improves the nutritive condition of vegetation, removes forest litter, and removes some trees ­ creating beneficial wildlife openings.







Barrow Wildlife Water (Cibola National Forest), CF22. This top portion of this parabolic water unit collects rainwater and dew, which is stored below. The wildlife drink water from a separate drinker. This unit is located on the Sandia Ranger District and was constructed with volunteer assistance from the Boy Scouts.


Jakes #1 Southfork Trick Tank (Lincoln National Forest). This inverted umbrella unit is located on the Cloudcroft Ranger District. The remote location of many of these water development projects requires that helicopters be used to move equipment


Acery Trick Tank (Lincoln National Forest). This apron style trick tank, on the Guadalupe Ranger District, collects rainwater, which is held in a storage tank and feeds to a wildlife drinker. The water level in the drinker is controlled by a float system. The entire area is fenced to exclude livestock.


Lake Roberts Siltation Dams (Gila National Forest), SWB110. A series of these structures were constructed in conjunction with the renovation of Lake Roberts. Located above the lake, these dams are designed to reduce the amount of sediment that moves into the lake. At the same time, they provide an alternative source of water for wildlife.


Myers Canyon Trick Tank (Gila National Forest), SWF90. This project is designed to collect rainwater and dew on a galvanized "apron". Precipitation is collected in a storage unit featured in the foreground. One half of this storage unit is open with an access ramp for wildlife.


SWB61, Peterson Tank Exclosure (Mimbres Field Office. After alternate water was provided to livestock this project involved the fencing of an earthen tank. This fence excludes livestock allowing vegetative improvement, improved food availability and cover for wildlife. The Bootheel Sportsmen provided volunteer labor during construction.


U6 Trick Tank (Carlsbad Field Office). This inverted umbrella trick tank, located southwest of Carlsbad, and provides water to all species of wildlife. Water is collected by the upper inverted umbrella structure and is stored in the circular tank. CRC member, Marcia Radke, cleans out the drinker during a field trip to view HSP projects.



Fort Stanton Earthen Tank (Roswell Field Office), SEB5. This project involved adding bentonite clay to the bottom of three existing earthen tanks. Due to the existing soil structure these tanks would not hold water. The addition of bentonite sealed the tanks. The result is obvious.


Canjilon Lake Structure Placement (Carson National Forest), NECF17. Beavers were responsible for the breaching of one of the Canjilon Lake dams on the Canjilon Ranger District. HSP funds were utilized to repair the dam and installation of a new overflow pipe that is less "beaver friendly".



NESF107, Rowe Mesa Wetlands, Pecos Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest. Several wetland areas on Rowe Mesa have been fenced to prevent access by livestock. Trees in the immediate area were removed to improve watershed conditions in the immediate area. These areas provide wildlife water and resting/feeding habitat to migrating waterfowl.









Questa Ranger District (Valle Vidal). Stream structures were placed in the Rio Costilla to improve habitat for trout. Typically these structures provide hiding and feeding cover on the downstream side.




Policarpio Rehabilitation (Carson National Forest), NECF21. An artificial barrier located on the Policarpio Creek, Tres Piedras Ranger District, was rehabilitated. This barrier is designed to isolate the upper reaches of the stream for native cutthroat trout. Other trout species are not physically able to move beyond this barrier.









Gila Box Access Trail (Mimbres Field Office), SWB155. Two access trails were constructed leading to the Gila River in the lower Gila Box. These trails improve access while reducing soil erosion on the associated hillsides.