Public Recreation in Riparian Areas Closed Due to Fire Danger at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge
From April 22 – May 5, certain areas at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to public recreation due to extreme fire danger. Specifically, units A, B, C, and D are affected by the closure.
Units A-D are bosque areas along the Rio Grande that are home to many wildlife species, including the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher. Normally, these areas are open to public recreation. Units A and B are popular with bird and wildlife watchers and waterfowl hunters, while Unit D is home to an outdoor classroom.
Exceptionally dry conditions threaten these forested habitats. The Refuge Manager will enforce this area closure until May 5, 2008. At that time, conditions will be re-evaluated and the closure may be lifted, or continued if necessary.
Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, located between Bernardo and San Acacia, is one of over 540 national wildlife refuges in the United States. The 228,700 acre refuge was established in 1973 to preserve and enhance the integrity and character of the refuge ecosystems. Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge actively manages and promotes wildlife and habitats through riparian restoration, upland enhancement, exotic species control, and education.
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