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This summer our Middle Rio Grande office has fielded three day crews, one of which was formed through a partnership with the Albuquerque Sign Language Academy and the Albuquerque Biopark to help restore and improve the landscaping around Tingley Beach, a public space devoted to family recreation and wildlife habitat. This unique partnership was designed to provide meaningful employment and training opportunities for youth that are part of the deaf and hard of hearing community in Albuquerque.

The Albuquerque Biopark receives 1.3 million visitors each year, and Tingley beach is the “gateway to the bosque,” a place where families come to fish the ponds and access the bosque through walking paths. Project work began with the expansion of a registered monarch waystation. These pollinator gardens provide monarch butterflies with habitat along the routes of their annual migrations. Our crew first installed irrigation piping and then planted out hundreds of new pollinator species, expanding this waystation and making it among the largest in the country.

As the season continues, this crew will be restoring the landscaping around Tingley’s fishing ponds and creating improved soils and moisture retention for existing species of plants and trees.

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