Mesilla Trails Closed Weekdays During Project

Mesilla – The trails at Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park near Las Cruces will be closed on weekdays through early February during a wetlands restoration project.

Crews are working to remove salt cedar trees from a riparian area. At least one of the park's two trails will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, but officials say both trails will close Monday through Friday through Feb. 11.

Heavy equipment crews will be extracting salt cedar trees and piling material in windrows.

After that, the treated area will be monitored to prevent regrowth of salt cedar using herbicide. Officials say salt cedar removal will aid the reintroduction of native vegetation to the area, much of which is likely to occur naturally.

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