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Tree Stewards help to make Rio Rancho beautiful

Emily Jaceks
September 18, 2018 06:03 AM

RIO RANCHO, N.M. - “This was all filled in with brush and trash, and we got that all cleaned out," said Ron Ringenberg, a tree steward for the City of Rio Rancho for more than a year now. 

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A few days of every week, you'll find Ringenberg at Enchanted Hills Park in the City of Vision. He prunes the bushes, rakes the weeds, and takes care of the park's magnificent trees.

“They got the shade, they help oxygenate the atmosphere, they're just great for aesthetics reasons,” Ringenberg said.

Four dozen more people also volunteer as tree stewards, paying the city to learn how to take care of its 42 parks.

“I know a lot of people say 'jeez, it costs to volunteer,' but you get a lot with that hundred dollars. You get the tools and the training,” Ringenberg said.

Tools to work alongside park staff and training to identify when something goes wrong and Ringenberg said they need more help.

“It's a beautiful little city. and I want to keep it that way, at least help keep it that way. It's not up to me. There's a lot of people. A lot of volunteers out there,” Ringenberg said.

While he doesn't take home a paycheck, he said the job really does pay off.

“The people are really appreciative. I’ve had several people come up and just say it looks so much better. The park looks so much better than it did even a year ago. And that makes me feel good too,” Ringenberg said.

To learn more about becoming a tree steward for the city of Rio Rancho, click here.

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