Corrales Bosque Preserve
What is the Corrales Bosque Preserve?
The Corrales Bosque Preserve is a narrow riverside strip of relatively natural cottonwood forest and associated habitats along the Rio Grande within the boundaries of the Village of Corrales that is managed by the Village as a Wildlife Preserve according to Village Ordinance 234. It is located between the river and the levee and is bounded on the north by the Corrales Siphon and on the south by the Alameda Bridge.
What is a “bosque”? It is a Spanish word meaning forest or woodland, used here to describe a forest or woodland on the riparian floodplain. The Village of Corrales recognized the value of the bosque and annexed it into the Village in 1975; in 1978 it was declared a protected area. The mission of the Corrales Bosque Preserve, stated in Ordinance 234, is to preserve and protect the natural and native conditions, habitat, and wildlife in the Preserve in order to assure that an increasing human population does not adversely affect or otherwise change the Rio Grande bosque within the village, leaving no areas preserved and protected in their natural condition.
The Corrales Bosque Advisory Commission (CBAC) is charged with advising the Corrales Village Council on matters pertaining to use and management of the Corrales Bosque Preserve. Over the years the Village has passed various resolutions and ordinances governing the management and use of the Preserve. Corrales Village Ordinance 234 can be found in Chapter 11 of the Corrales Village Code. In 1997 the Village adopted the Joint Powers Resolution between the Village and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD), which provides irrigation water, drainage, and flood control along the Rio Grande from Cochiti to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. This Joint Powers Resolution makes the Village of Corrales responsible for the natural resource management aspects of the Corrales Bosque Preserve. In 2009 the CBAC developed a Habitat Management Plan for the Corrales Bosque Preserve that has since been approved by the MRGCD and adopted by the Village of Corrales
You Can Enjoy the Corrales Bosque Preserve!
The Corrales Bosque Preserve is a place for passive, non-destructive recreation, including such things as hiking, jogging, fishing, horse-back and bicycle riding, and bird watching, but excluding hunting, wood-cutting, fires, camping, and the use of motorized vehicles. There are MRGCD maintenance access roads along the ditches, drains and levee, and primitive trails that run mostly north to south through the bosque. You can read more about the Corrales Bosque Preserve and what makes it such a special place in the brochure by Dr. James Findley.
You Can Help Protect the Preserve!
We can all work together to ensure that the Corrales Bosque Preserve continues to serve its purpose as a place for recreation for Corraleños, an asset to the Village, and a habitat protected for the plants and wildlife that depend on it. The Village has passed resolutions in addition to Ordinance 234 aimed at protecting the bosque, public safety, and those who live near the Preserve. Please help us protect the bosque:
• Unauthorized motorized vehicles are not permitted in the Preserve.
• Use of the Preserve at night is not permitted.
• Access to the Preserve can be closed at times of high fire risk at the recommendation of the Corrales Fire Chief, in consultation with the MRGCD, the New Mexico Forestry Division, and the Corrales Bosque Advisory Commission.
• The removal of firewood is not permitted except as occasionally organized by the Corrales Fire Department and the CBAC.
• Many forms of passive, nondestructive recreation are permitted in the Preserve including horse-back riding, bicycle riding, jogging, bird-watching, photography, dog walking, fishing [with NM license], and hiking. Because many people take the opportunity to enjoy the Preserve, trail use etiquette is crucial to ensuring a positive experience for everyone. Please respect others using the Preserve; remember that space along the trails is often quite restricted and a variety of natural hazards common to such areas require your attention and alertness. For example: (1) all dogs are required to be on leash because running dogs can present special dangers to horse riders and bicyclists (the dog leash bylaws of Corrales apply in every part of the Preserve); (2) bicyclists and equestrians should avoid damaging or widening trails; (3) bicyclists, hikers, and dog-walkers should avoid frightening horses; and (4) please carry your trash out with you when you leave.
• Horse riders and bicyclists should observe signage and keep to the wide ramps when accessing the levee, and those on foot should either use the same ramps or the stepped access paths that will be provided in the near future. Proper functioning of the levee requires that the slopes of the levee need to be kept clear of informal paths that erode the sides and reduce the width of the levee along the top.
• The following other activities are prohibited – commercial ventures, outdoor musical events, large social functions, camping, camp fires or stoves, smoking, guns, hunting or trapping, dumping of refuse or animals, and the removal or destruction of plants or wildlife.
• Please help us maintain the Preserve by reporting violations of the Corrales Bosque Preserve Ordinance to the Corrales police, and hazardous conditions (e.g., trees fallen across trails) to the CBAC.
View of the Sandia Mountains from the Corrales Bosque Preserve
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