* Appendix IV - presentations and conferences attended
* Appendix V - youth outreach contacts
* Appendix VI - copy of poster produced outlining ecohydrologic effects of wood mulch
* Appendix VI(b) - copy of poster produced outlining ecohydrologic benefits of wood mulch
*Appendix VII - Summary of final evaluation
*Appendix VIII - CFRP Grant advisory team
Mulch Applications Identified:
Through this grant, NMRC identified the following uses for mulch:
Monitoring the Effects of Wood Mulch Applications -
As part of the effort to promote the beneficial use of forest residuals, NMRC conducted monitoring to quantify the effects of wood mulch application on vegetation, soil moisture, and soil temperature in a variety of Southwestern landscapes. Soil moisture and temperature were measured continuously at the sites with in-situ sensors attached to data loggers. Monitoring locations were chosen based on implementation schedules, accessibility, and the relevance of the project and location. Sites were intended to represent areas most likely to receive similar treatments statewide. Four principal settings were identified for inclusion in the monitoring program; roadside, piņon-juniper, ponderosa, and invasive-dominated riparian. Four sites were established and equipment was installed during 2007. Permanent photo points were installed in conjunction with the monitoring equipment to provide visual documentation of changes at each site. Table 2 denotes site activities for each monitoring site. In addition to the four monitoring sites, composting and erosion control activities were documented and evaluated at two demonstration sites.
Elevated soil moisture under mulch at Carlito Springs, 3/19/07 to 5/9/07. Depth of Mulch 2 is 4 cm and depth of Mulch 3 is 5 cm. Spikes in soil moisture indicate precipitation events.
Detailed summaries of monitoring soil temperature, soil moisture and precipitation within mulched verses non-mulched areas can be download by clicking on one of the following links:
*Monitoring Information - Santa Fe River Riparian Site
*Monitoring Information - NMDOT Roadside Site near Cerrillos
*Monitoring Information -Carlito Springs Pinon Juniper Site
Benefits of Creating Compost and Mulch
from Chipped Forest Residuals
*Less prescribed burn risk and associated air quality impact
*Conditions soil and controls erosion
*Promotes water retention and revegetation
*Promotes better water quality by controlling surface run-off pollution
*Creates value-added, sustainable product
Case Study in Compost and Mulch Application1: New Mexico Department of Transportation
Compost and mulch are incredibly valuable as an erosion control application and are currently being used in NM Department of Transportation (NMDOT) roadside reclamation and re-seeding projects, which presents a potentially large value-added market for forest residuals. Read on for an overview of compost and mulch applications by NMDOT in road construction projects.
2000: The first roadside reclamation site implementing composted mulch occurred at the northeast interchange quadrant of I-40 and I-25 in Albuquerque. Subsequently three other 4,000 sq. ft. test sites were implemented near Santa Fe (Budagher’s exit of I-25), Encino and Carrizozo. In each case compost was applied with native grass seed and plant growth was successful.
2002-2003: Practically overnight, the Pine Bark Beetle infestation caused huge Pinon tree die-offs, generating large quantities of green-waste at northern New Mexico transfer stations and landfills. NMRC, NMED SWB, NMDOT, private compost businesses and municipal agencies worked together to establish a consistent market for the increased volumes of mulch and compost. Building on a compost reclamation program developed by the Texas Department of Transportation, NMED and NMDOT developed standards for mulch and compost applications on New Mexico highway projects.
2004 & 2005: Additional demonstration sites in Santa Fe on Highway 599 and along South Broadway in Albuquerque were completed successfully. NMDOT utilized compost on official roadside projects along US 70, I-40, and US 84/285, and will continue to specify and apply compost in upcoming roadside reclamation projects.
Case Study in Compost and Mulch Application 2: Rio Penasco (Mayhill) Fire near Ruidoso
Click here for photos of mulch application in a wildfire mitigation effort.
Compost Sock Wattle (Filter Socks) Vendors
Mesh netting or burlap socks filled with wood chips make excellent erosion control socks. The following is a list of suppliers that will sell empty netting or wattles:
*Conwed Plastics *MasterNet LTD
530 Gregory Ave 3355 Olive Lane
Roanoke, VA 24016 Minneapolis, MN 55447
Emily Hurst - Distribution/Inside Sales Manager - 1-763-473-3938 or 612-269-4545
email@example.com Bill Murphy -
*Boddingtons Ltd *Farber Bag & Supply Co (Burlap
Tel 44-162-874200: Mobile 44-7980-017505 www.farberbag.com/burlap_sandbags.cfm
*Silver Dollar Racing & Shavings
Cody & Kathy Deines Route 1, Box 18B
Maxwell, NM 87728
505-375-2636: Cell 505-447-0620
Jerry Connolly: 505-929-1245
Rick Evans: 505-937-2741
Brent Racher: 505-937-5551
Tony Sanchez: 505-280-0358
VMS (Texas): 864-6605
Krista Bonfantine, Arid Land Innovation, firstname.lastname@example.org, (505) 250-3629
Jim Brooks, Soilutions, (505) 281-8425
*Compost: Completing the Cycle - A project of the Texas Department of Transportation
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