Flooding hurting Valles Caldera rehab efforts

Created: 01/04/2014 1:02 PM
By: The Associated Press

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials say flood impacts from the Las Conchas and Thompson Ridge fires are likely to pose an ongoing problem in the Valles Caldera National Preserve for many years to come.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that Valles Caldera National Preserve staff are working to mitigate the damage at the same time they are facing stretch limited resources.

Staff says erosion will continue to be a major problem in high intensity burn scar areas until vegetation is able to take root.

But they say reseeding certain areas is virtually impossible, due to the steepness of the slopes and the water-resistant soil high-intensity fires generate.

Caldera's Watershed Program Manager Scott Compton says staff has done a little reseeding but officials don't want to incorporate invasive weeds.

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