December 2014 Newsletter

Fundamentals in the Field Fall Tour

Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program
Black Institute for Environmental Studies at Bosque School
This fall BEMP hosted our annual Fall Field Tour with our community partners Will Barnes with the New Mexico State Land Office (SLO), Jennifer Owen-White with the Valle de Oro (VdO) National Wildlife Refuge and Paul Tashjian with the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
Our group of 40+ professionals, students and interested community members toured the VdO and adjacent SLO BEMP sites. Both agencies gave overviews. Paul and Jennifer shared the updated refuge land management plan (top photo) and Will noted the SLO’s commitment to getting and keeping New Mexican’s on the land (bottom photo).
BEMP Co-Director Kim Eichhorst (middle photo) updated agency representatives, students and volunteers on the importance of long-term monitoring, vegetative responses to drought and landscape alteration, as well as building successful community partnerships.
BEMP Science Coordinator Jennifer Schuetz provided the following graph of the first year of BEMP shallow groundwater measurements.

Thank you for the GREAT day outside!