THE FUTURE OF THE RIO GRANDE COTTONWOOD
By Eliot, 6th grade student at Bosque School
When most people think of New Mexico, they are likely to imagine an arid desert with a few saguaros, maybe a tumbleweed here and there. However, running right through the middle of the state flows the fourth longest river in the United States. The Río Grande. In what is known as the Middle Rio Grande Valley, in central New Mexico, grows a large cottonwood forest, more commonly called The Bosque. Gnarly, twisted cottonwood trees (Populus deltoides wislizenii, spp.), the Bosque’s dominant species, grow all along the river. People use this forest for recreation, education, and for some it even has spiritual meaning….” click here to read the full article.
Cover photo credit: Anna Gilboard