Updated: Saturday, 23 Feb 2013, 3:22 AM MST
Published : Saturday, 23 Feb 2013, 3:22 AM MST
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Work to restore more than two dozen acres of habitat along the Rio Grande near Rio Rancho is set to begin in March.
The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, the city of Rio Rancho and the Friends of Rio Rancho Open Space will be working on the project. The goal is to improve habitat for the Rio Grande silvery minnow and the Southwestern willow flycatcher, both federally protected species.
Officials say the $456,000 project will also improve access to the river for recreationalists.
The project is expected to be complete by the end of March. Officials say the Willow Creek Bosque Park parking lot and trails will be closed while the work is under way.