Alamogordo May Replace Cottonwoods To Save Water

Mar 19, 2013

Alamogordo may replace the cottonwood trees in Alameda Park with a drought-resistant variety of tree.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that replacing the cottonwoods with a different type of tree is an option being considered for beautifying White Sands Boulevard, a main thoroughfare in the southern New Mexico city.

Alameda Park is lined with the cottonwoods, and a festival celebrating them is held there each year.

Former Mayor Steve Brockett says the non-native cottonwoods require a lot of scarce water and haven't done well with irrigation from effluent water.

Brockett is chairman of the White Sands Beautification Committee.

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