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Farm Farmington! Community Agriculture

The Farm Farmington! initiative was started in 2017 as part of a National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant. The purpose of the project was for San Juan SWCD to provide conservation technical assistance and program support to the current upwelling of community agriculture initiatives in our District, and facilitate the support of urban agriculture in the region.

Invasive Weed Management

Most people devote a lot of energy to managing weeds, but how do you know if a plant is a weed or not? Most simply, a weed is “a plant in the wrong place” or any plant that doesn’t meet the management goals of the place where it is growing. An invasive weed is one that is non-native and able to establish on many sites, grow quickly, and spread to the point of disrupting plant communities or ecosystems, and a noxious weed is a plant that can directly or indirectly cause damage to crops, livestock, irrigation, navigation, public health, or the environment (USDA-APHIS).

 

Russian Olive & Salt Cedar Control

Russian olive and tamarisk (salt cedar) are aggressive, invasive trees that infest river banks, use excessive water, compete with native species, and form dense stands prone to wildfire. Removal and management of these trees is essential to maintaining the health of the rivers and land in our district.

San Juan SWCD projects have cleared over 7,000 acres of Russian olive and salt cedar in the past ten years, and have chemically treated even more acres of resprouts. Through funding from NM State Forestry, US Forest Service, the State of New Mexico, and San Juan County, our projects have removed hazardous fuels for 110 private landowners, and have cleared firebreaks and improved river access for Farmington, Aztec, Bloomfield, San Juan County, Jackson Lake Wildlife Management Area, Navajo Lake State Park, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Reclamation, and the Navajo Nation.

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