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Comanche Creek watershed is located in the Valle Vidal Unit of the Carson National Forest, an area that was historically logged, grazed, and mined. These anthropogenic effects on the land have negatively impacted habitat for the Rio Grande Cutthroat trout – New Mexico’s state fish! Partnering with a wide range of other organizations and agencies, The Quivira Coalition and the Albuquerque Wildlife Federation has led a long-term stream restoration project at Comanche Creek aimed at restoring trout habitat. The 2008 field season is especially important given an announcement on May 13, 2008 by the US Fish & Wildlife Service that the Rio Grande Cutthrout trout be formally proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act.
For more information about the types of restoration work completed: http://www.comanchecreek.org/images/links/189-Comanche_II_Quarterly_Report_08-2007.pdf