Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Dry Winter Would Be Costly for City.

Byline: Miguel Navrot Journal Staff Writer

Vegetation Loss May Hit $20 Million

Few plants, shrubs and trees in Santa Fe have escaped the drought of 2000, including those on nearly 1,000 acres of city parks.

From ash to pinon trees, Kentucky blue to native grasses, city parks show the scars of blazing summer temperatures coupled with curtailed irrigation. In all, 171 trees and shrubs on city property are dead from the stress, park officials reported Monday; grass death estimates are still being calculated.

"It's very obvious that our parks are in poor condition," Parks and Recreation Department Director Ron Shirley said, addressing Public Works Committee members Monday at City Hall. …

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