Old Wood, New Life

For her Eagle Scout project this year, Abigail ‘25 is working with the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division and her troop to remove dead and down cottonwood branches in the bosque

“When I was looking for inspiration to decide what I want to do for my Eagle Scout project, I knew I wanted to do something with the bosque because, as someone who has been at Bosque School since sixth grade and lives very close to it, I can see how important the bosque's ecosystem is for the land and inhabitants,” Abigail shared. 

Behind our Bosque School campus, deadwood has been building up for years without the natural floods in the Rio Grande that naturally allow it to decompose. Clearing out patches of accumulated wood will not only help reduce the risk of wildfires, but will help the environment by allowing native plants and young trees to grow. “This project means a lot to me because after the project has been completed, I can watch the progress of the plants creating better ecosystems for the small mammals and birds,” said Abigail.

This is a big project, and Abigail would love some help! All are welcome to lend Abigail—and our beloved bosque—a helping hand. You are welcome to join in on either of the upcoming dates: Friday, May 6 from 5-7 pm, and Saturday, May 7 from 8:30-11:30 am and 1-4 pm.

This project will involve manual labor, so Abigail asks that you be prepared by bringing work gloves, a full water bottle, sunscreen, and wearing closed-toe shoes. Snacks will be provided. If possible, please bring wheelbarrows or old tarps for dragging wood. Park at the north end of the dirt parking lot at Bosque School. Have questions? Reach out via email.

Thank you, Abigail, for taking on this project!