Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Chain Saws Beautify Bosque.

Byline: Carolyn Appelman Journal Staff Writer

Non-Native Growth Restoration Target

A 20-acre section of Sandia Pueblo's nine-mile stretch of Rio Grande Bosque is undergoing a face lift and the tool of choice is a chain saw.

The pueblo's Bosque Restoration Project is into its second phase and workers are using the chain saws to remove excess fuel and non-native species.

The pueblo received funds from the U.S. Department of Reclamation for a pilot project to rehabilitate the bosque.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is helping with the project by having several of its off-duty firefighters teach the bosque workers how to safely operate the chain saws and to safely bring down the non-native trees, such as elms.

"Phase one was the planning and doing the environmental assessments," Beth Janello, environmental director for the pueblo, said Thursday. …

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