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The Santa Fe Girls’ School announces a fund to protect the Santa Fe
River and Wetlands on its 9-acre property within the La Cieneguilla
portion of the Santa Fe River Watershed. The School is engaged in
litigation to establish protection for the site. The judge’s ruling in this
case has the potential to establish legal precedent and impact the rights
of landowners, now and in the future, to restore and support natural
habitat and ecology on their land.
The property is the outdoor laboratory for Boots in the River: Emerging
Scientists, a hands-on environmental science program for middle school
students. As land stewards, they have been working for 13 years to restore
this wetland to a healthy riparian environment. Student-scientists’ efforts
have resulted in invaluable scientific data that is shared with other agencies,
private and public. This information has helped inform public policy and
furthered understanding of the natural dynamics of a healthy river,
a flourishing riparian habitat, and a fully functioning wetland.
This land stewardship has led to marked environmental regeneration of
the site’s ecosystem, and beaver families have arrived and built a dam. This
dam has further enhanced the habitat and the wetland is flourishing, host-
ing a diverse range of wildlife, including the endangered Willow Flycatcher
and Leopard Frog.
THE LEGAL CHALLENGE
An adjacent downstream neighbor has sued the School claiming the
wildlife, particularly the beaver, is a nuisance and has adversely affected his
land. He asserts that it is his right to kill the beaver and remove the dam
that is on the school’s property.
The school’s position is that the beaver is natural to the ecology of a wetland
and floodplain and their activities enhance rather than harm the neighbor’s
land by raising the groundwater level and bringing nutrients as well as water
to thirsty cottonwoods and meadows.
THE SANTA FE RIVER & WETLANDS
A Call for Your Support!
In Partnership With the New Mexico Community Foundation
Bottom Photo: The Santa Fe Girls’ School property
in La Cieneguilla prior to restoration efforts.
WITH YOUR MOST GENEROUS SUPPORT
The Santa Fe Girls’ School’s legal case advocates for landowners’ rights
to restore and maintain natural habitat and ecology on their property
and to protect the wildlife that is attracted to it. The legal decision
in this case will affect landowners statewide and may have broader
implications. If the School’s rights are upheld in court, its outdoor
science laboratory also will continue to flourish and Boots in the River will
continue to inspire young women to find their passion as environmental
scientists and advocates.
We invite you to join us in defending the riparian habitat and wildlife
of the PRESERVE and, moreover, set a precedent that protects the rights
of landowners and stewards to make environmentally sound decisions and
will assure the health of rivers, and their surrounding environments for our
Will you stand with us to defend the rights of landowners to restore
and steward a natural habitat?
As you know litigation is costly. We firmly believe this case is worth the
battle because of its broader implications.
Please join us in protecting not only our land, but also the rights
of others to restore ecosystems throughout the state.
Thank you for your support. We can’t do this without you.
You can make a donation online at:
You can also make your donation by check made out to:
New Mexico Community Foundation, and note that it is
for the Santa Fe River & Wetlands Protection Fund.
Santa Fe River & Wetlands Protection Fund
C/O the New Mexico Community Foundation
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