News

  • Ciudad SWCD Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors to be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 1:30pm

    A draft agenda has been posted on this website under Agendas and Minutes.

  • Ciudad SWCD Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors to be held on Monday, March 6, 2017 @ 3:45pm

    A draft agenda has been posted on this website under Agendas and Minutes.

  • Bernalillo County Open Space educational opportunities

    Bernalillo County Open Space is accepting applications for the 2017 Master Naturalists Program! The program includes 6 weeks of free natural resources education, followed by 40 hours dedicated to a project of your choice. For more information and to submit an application visit http://web.bernco.sks.com/co…/master-naturalist-program.aspx.

  • Bernalillo County Open Space educational opportunities

    Bernalillo County Open Space is offering some amazing free public education opportunities during March:

    Sustainability in the Home Garden and Role of Soil on March 4 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Gutierrez-Hubbell House

    Successful Soil Practices & Role of Water on March 18 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Gutierrez-Hubbell House

    Four Seasons of Plant Wisdom: Allergies and Sinuses
    March 5 from 1-2:30 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd NW)

    Fire Adaptive Landscapes and Communities
    March 9 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

    Community Forest with NM State Forestry
    March 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

    Medicinal Plants and Changing Landscapes of Central New Mexico
    March 26 from 1-2 p.m. at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

    Visit http://www.bernco.gov/community-services/events.aspx for more information and to register.

  • New native plants educational resource published

    The Institute for Applied Ecology has published a new curriculum for educating students in grades 9-12 about native (and non-native) plants in New Mexico. 

    This native plant curriculum is structured on the ecoregions of New Mexico and covers botany, community ecology, ethnobotany, invasives - so much! The New Mexico Native Plant Society supported this resource, "From Ponderosa to Prickly Pear: Exploring the Native Plants of New Mexico", and you can download the document here.

  • Ciudad SWCD Chairman receives Award of Excellence in Environmental Education! 


    J. Steven Glass, Chairman and long-time Board Supervisor for Ciudad SWCD, was named a recipient of the Environmental Education Association of New Mexico's 2016 Dr. Richard W. Becker Award of Excellence in Environmental Education.  The announcement was made on November 11th, 2016 at the EEANM Environmental Literacy Summit.  This award recognizes and honors annually an outstanding individual in the field of environmental education or service learning in New Mexico.  This award reflects Dr. Becker's commitment and passion to conservation, education and service learning, and acknowledges Steve's deep commitment to those ideals as well as the impact of his work in environmental education.  Congratulations and thank you Steve for all of your hard work!         

  • Request for Proposals - East Mountain Forest Health Qualified Contractors


    The Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District (Ciudad SWCD) requests sealed proposals from qualified firms and/or individual contractors for forest health and fuels reduction programs in its East Mountain areas of Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties.


    Ciudad SWCD plans to enter into a services contract/agreement with the successful Contractor(s) as a result of this request.  Ciudad reserves the right to award a contract to multiple contractors in its best interest.  Copies of the Request for Proposals may be obtained from Jennifer Moss, District Coordinator Ciudad SWCD, 6200 Jefferson NE, Room 125, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109; (505) 510-3478; CiudadSWCD1944@gmail.com or www.ciudadswcd.org.


    The Contractor’s response to this Request for Proposals must be received at the above address no later than 4:30 p.m., October 14, 2016.  Any proposal received after the deadline will be deemed to be late and will not be accepted for consideration for award.  Ciudad SWCD will endeavor to make the contract award(s) by October 31, 2016.


    The schedule of work to be performed under this agreement will be established by Ciudad SWCD.  Term will commence upon signature of a services contract/agreement and completion of required training.  Term of contract is subject to availability of program funding. All work is on a will-call basis.


    The Procurement Code, NMSA 1978 13-1-28 through 13-1-199, imposes civil and criminal penalties for its violation.  In addition, the New Mexico criminal statutes impose felony penalties for illegal bribes, gratuities and kickbacks.

  • Local Food Festival and Field Day is October 9

    Mark your calendars - Local Food Festival and Field Day is Sunday, October 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW.

    The Local Food Festival and Field Day is an annual event highlighting local food and agriculture in our region presented by Bernalillo County Open Space, in cooperation with other community organizations.

    The continued success of this event reflects the ever-increasing demand for local agriculture, locally produced foods and gardening related activities. Many festival attendees have stated that they are now more willing to seek out New Mexico food products and to shop at area farmers’ markets. Others have indicated a new interest in growing more food and including more fresh and local foods as a part of their regular diet.

    Connecting the public with local growers, producers, and businesses is crucial in sustaining local agriculture. The Local Food Festival and Field Day is one step in helping to make those connections.

    Experience great local food: free samples, chef demos, food trucks; live music; film screenings, workshops; beer and wine garden; kids’ activities including face painting, petting zoo, and story time. Ride your bike and park in the bike valet!

    For more information on how to become involved, contact Sherry Gutierrez at (505) 468-7247.

  • Grow the Grower Program to launch November 21


    After a year or more of planning, numerous community meetings and countless interviews with the agriculture community, the Cultivating Bernalillo County Grow the Growers’ Program is ready to be tested.  
    ‘Grow the Growers’ is a farm training program created to attract new and emerging farmers into professional food production. In New Mexico, the average age of a farmer is approximately 63 years old—5 years older than the average farmer nationwide, and more than 90 percent of food purchased by New Mexicans is imported from outside the state. As a result, the primary intent of the program is job creation and business development to support the viability, continuity and sustainability of a locally-based, year-round food production system.  

    The program is a new initiative that will integrate the existing land and water resources of Bernalillo County’s open space properties with the education and research expertise of the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service. The Extension Service will educate, train, incubate and accelerate the success of next-generation farmers in Bernalillo County. The County will provide financial and logistical support through the program’s 2016-2017 pilot year. Additional public and private partners (i.e., McCune Charitable Foundation, Thornburg Foundation, MRCOG) are assisting the County and the Extension Service with planning and implementation of the program. 

    For more information click here.
     

  • NMDA to evaluate Organic Program

    The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is evaluating the funding and future of the Organic Program that it has been operating since 2011.  It is doing this through a series of meetings in the month of October. The Albuquerque meeting will be held on October 11, 2016 from 1- 3 p.m. at the Bernalillo County Extension Office, 1510 Menaul Blvd NW. 

  • NM State Forestry Conservation Seedlings Program

    Orders for the Fall 2016 Conservation Seedling Sale will be taken starting July 11, 2016.  Distribution will be September 13, 2016 through October 14, 2016.  Final day to order will be October 7, 2016.

    For more than forty years, the Division has offered low-cost seedlings to landowners to plant for reforestation, erosion control, windbreaks, or Christmas tree plantations. Since 1960, more than four million trees have been planted throughout New Mexico that were purchased through this program.

    The Forestry Division offers over sixty different species for sale over the course of the fall and spring sales. These seedlings are sold in small containers, large containers, and bare root.

    Please note all containerized species are offered in the fall and bare root species and any remaining containerized species are offered in the spring. We switched to this schedule because it has been shown that fall is a highly successful time to plant containerized seedlings. Plants have time to establish roots over the winter while dormant before putting on top growth in the spring and as an added bonus the weather is better for planting! Select your shipping or pickup date so that you can plant your seedlings five to six weeks before your area of the state starts having hard freeze days.  For questions about prices and minimum order size refer to ordering information.

    For more information go to: http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SFD/treepublic/ConservationSeedlings.html.

  • Ciudad SWCD watershed education in the news

    The Albuquerque Journal recently published an article about watershed education conducted by Ciudad SWCD and partner organizations in local elementary schools. To read the article, click here.

  • American Red Cross announces a fire preparedness for smart phones      

        The Wildfire App gives you important information in the palm of your hand:

    • Preloaded content gives users instant access to information on what to do before, during and after wildfires – even without mobile connectivity 
    • The latest updates from local, state and federal fire agencies in the “Wildfire News” section
    • Red Cross emergency shelter locator for when you need help
    • One-touch “I’m Safe” button that instantly posts a message to your social networks, notifying friends and family that you’re out of harm’s way, and more.

        You may download the app by visiting their website:
        http://american.redcross.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=23594&em_id=20131.0
      


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