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Collecting Rainwater and DewBarrow Wildlife Water (Cibola National Forest), CF22.


This top portion of this parabolic water unit collects rainwater and dew, which is stored below. Wildlife water at a separate drinker. This unit is located on the Sandia Ranger District and was constructed

with volunteer assistance from the Boy Scouts.




Umbrella Trick TankJakes #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














Apron Trick TankAcery 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.






Siltation Dam ConstructionLake 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.





Collecting PrecipitationMyers 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.






Junior Volunteer LaborSWB61, 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.












Umbrella Trick Tank Near CarlsbadU6 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 TankFort Stanton Earthen Tank (Roswell Field Office), SEB5 .


This project involved adding bentonite, a 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.






Beaver Dam Canjilon LakesCanjilon 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".





Rowe Mesa Wetlands - PecosNESF107, 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.