On Saturday, June 14, 2014, 60 Evergreen trees (emerald green arborvitae and Leyland cypress) were planted at the ‘A Park Above’ to create a living windbreak that will reduce the impact of wind and blowing sand at the park site when it opens for public use.

Assisting Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department staff with the tree-planting was Connor Haines and approximately 35 volunteers he recruited. Participating in the project is helping Haines achieve the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boys Scouts of America.

Photo courtesy of New Mexico State Forestry

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Funding for the project came via a $4,900 Forest Re-Leaf Grant from the New Mexico State Forestry Division with a $980 city match requirement. The Forest Re-Leaf Program was established in 1990 to provide a tree-planting grant program for public entities such as public schools, cities, towns, counties, soil and water conservation districts, rural fire districts, and others.