A dry old time

  • ROCK AND ROLLING RIVER: Striped belt rock at Sheep Flats, from The River We Carry With Us

    Mark Alan Wilson photo
  The Dry Cimarron River is called "dry" because it has a tendency to sink, then rise again, as it flows from Johnson Mesa in northeastern New Mexico, through a deep canyon, across a corner of Oklahoma and into the Arkansas River near Dodge City, Kan. Along the way, the Dry Cimarron nourishes rangeland that has been in use since Spanish sheepherders arrived in the 18th century. But stretches of the river are in dire need of restoration, something that the Quivira Coalition, a collaborative conservation group, is offering under the tutelage of riparian specialist Bill Zeedyk.

For two days in October, Zeedyk will teach volunteers how to use low-tech methods to restore the river, while explaining the history of the river's degradation and its "stream type classification." At night, volunteers will camp along the river, about 30 miles east of Raton, and hear stories about the region's rich history.

The Oct. 5-6 workshop is limited to 30 people. To learn more about the Riparian Restoration Workshop, visit www.quiviracoalition.org, or call 505/820-2544.
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