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Bosque Restoration Tours Offered at Society for Range Management Meeting

LAS CRUCES - Tours of Rio Grande bosque restoration projects near Albuquerque will open the winter meeting of the New Mexico Section of the Society for Range Management, Jan. 13-15.

"The tour will focus on range research priorities for the future," said Kirk McDaniel, range management specialist with New Mexico State University's Range Improvement Task Force. The cost is 60 dollars and preregistration information is available at http://agecon.nmsu.edu/nmsrm/.

On Jan. 13, tour participants will observe and discuss projects related to salt cedar and Russian olive removal beneath cottonwoods, a new study testing goats' effectiveness for noxious weed management and recovery work in areas burned in summer wildfires. The tour will depart at 1 p.m. from the Best Western Rio Grande Inn at 1015 Rio Grande Blvd. in Albuquerque. Transportation will be provided.

Experts will discuss range management problems and research needs during a panel discussion Jan. 14 at the Best Western Rio Grande Inn. Researchers with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Forest Service, and NMSU's Range Improvement Task Force, Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service will describe their research.

That afternoon, scientists who work with New Mexico-based research laboratories have been invited to give information about range research at each site. Participants represent NMSU, the University of New Mexico, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey and federal Agricultural Research Service. A poster session will be held that evening.

To close the winter meeting Jan. 15, participants will review current rangeland management research and policy issues. For more information or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate, please contact David Graham at (505) 374-7884 before the event. For more information about 2004 Annual New Mexico Section Society for Range Management Winter Meeting visit the World Wide Web site http://agecon.nmsu.edu/nmsrm