Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Bosque Invaders on Hit List.(Final)

Byline: Tania Soussan Journal Staff Writer

FEMA Money May Help Vanquish Non-Native Trees

Federal emergency money would be used to clear non-native trees and do other restoration work in the fire-threatened Albuquerque-area bosque even after the immediate cleanup is completed, according to a plan adopted Tuesday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which already has agreed to pay 75 percent of the cost of fighting last week's bosque fires, could provide millions of dollars for extended help in reducing fire risk, Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said.

"This is a highly inflammatory, dangerous area in need of much work to prevent it causing more fires," Domenici said.

Domenici, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District Chief Engineer Subhas Shah and others agreed on the cleanup plan after a City Hall strategy session Tuesday on healing the bosque. …

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