Since the Las Conchas fire, many areas of the Pajarito Plateau are in stream channel stabilization and floodplain restoration.
To help in this effort, join Chick Keller to collect grass seeds and look at other interesting native plants. These seeds will be used next spring in the post-fire restoration project along Frijoles Creek near the Visitor Center in Bandelier National Monument.
The project, managed by Keystone Restoration Ecology, is part of a New Mexico River Stewardship grant to protect New Mexico’s water quality and resources.
Three seed collection hikes are currently scheduled. The first will be Friday, with more to follow on Sept. 12 and Oct. 10.
The hikes will be as easy to moderate and the pace will be slow as the group gathers seeds. Bring water, lunch, a hat, sunscreen and good walking shoes. Hikes will be in various locations around the Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center and Campground areas. Admission cost to Bandelier is waived for participants.
Participants are asked to meet 8 a.m. Friday at the Juniper Campground in Bandelier National Monument. Hiking time will depend on location, but each seed collection hike will last approximately half a day.