All tours will take place on Wednesday, August 1. The tours will give exposure to interesting and informative conservation work happening in the area. Be sure to register early to secure a seat. SWCS reserves the right to cancel a tour that does not have the minimum number of attendees and to change the maximum number of attendees. A PDF of the educational training tour descriptions is available.

Tour #1: Manzano Mountains Watershed Restoration Tour (TOUR FULL)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
7:45 AM - 5:50 PM

This tour, sponsored by the Edgewood and Claunch-Pinto Soil and Water Conservation Districts, US Forest Service, and SWCA Environmental Consultants will follow the Salt Mission Scenic Byway along the east front of the Manzano Mountains. Attendees will visit multiple sites within Manzano Mountain watershed and observe restoration activities that highlight emergency stabilization and rehabilitation practices implemented after high severity wildfire. Representatives from the Chilili Land Grant, Cibola National Forest, and private property residents will discuss the impact of the wildfires on the local communities and how various partnerships were formed to assess and implement land treatments needed to mitigate accelerated runoff, soil erosion, and debris flows from the burned area. The tour will conclude at the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument-Quarai Ruins, which encompasses the archaeological remains of prehistoric Native American settlements, historic remains of a pueblo abandoned in the 1670s during the Spanish colonial period, the ruins of a 17th-century Spanish mission compound, and 19th-century Spanish ranching artifacts. The site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962 and was added to the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument in 1980. Lunch will be provided during this tour.
Fee: $60 early/$90 late

A PDF of the Manzano Mountains Watershed Restoration Tour draft agenda is available.


Tour #2: Tijeras Creek Remediation, Demonstration, and Education Project Tour

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
1:00 PM - 5:05 PM

This tour, sponsored by the Cuidad Soil and Water Conservation District and Solutions Inc., will visit the Tijeras Creek remediation project. Tijeras Canyon and the remediation project are located east of Albuquerque where urban runoff creates flooding, erosion, and pollution problems. The Tijeras Creek project demonstrates methods that can be used to reduce the impacts of urbanization on the streamside environment and water quality. These methods include reshaping of eroded areas, installation of swales and stilling basins, and plantings. Slower runoff velocities, enhanced site stability, water infiltration, and filtration now allows Tijeras Creek to flow cleaner again, much like it did before urbanization.
Fee: $50 early/$80 late

A PDF of the Tijeras Creek Remediation, Demonstration, and Education Project Tour draft agenda is available.


Tour #3: Acequias Tour of Agricultural Systems

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
1:00 PM - 5:45 PM

This tour, supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Santa Ana Pueblo, and private land owners, will visit agricultural systems north of Albuquerque in the Rio Grande valley. Attendees will observe how acequias are used for irrigation. Acequias are historic and community-operated watercourses adopted from Spain and former Spanish colonies, and have been used in New Mexico for approximately 400 years. Farms on Santa Ana Pueblo and along the Rio Grande will be visited to observe the maintenance, improvement, and conservation of acequias and how these historic and cultural irrigation systems are supporting conventional and organic production systems.
Fee: $50 early/$80 late

A PDF of the Acequias Tour of Agricultural Systems draft agenda is available.