Expert to Discuss Stream and Wetland Restoration on the Valles Caldera

Photo caption: Steve Vrooman on the Valles Caldera. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Steve Vrooman, owner and president of Santa Fe-based design/build firm Keystone Restoration Ecology, will give a free talk about projects in the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) with the non-profit Los Amigos de Valles Caldera.

The informative presentation is 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) on Orange Street.  No advance registration is required for this program.

As a project designer, implementation contractor and lead of the monitoring team for Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, Vrooman brings a unique perspective on the projects. The organization’s work at the VCNP involves creating new techniques with GIS and LIDAR, to evaluate landscapes for erosion and restoration potential.

Vrooman was raised in Los Alamos and his early experiences in the natural environment led him to receive a Masters in Ecology from UNLV. He went on to found Keystone Restoration Ecology (KRE) in 2001, which specializes in the ecosystem restoration of natural and man-made landscapes using the sciences of ecology and geomorphology. KRE has extensive experience in watershed assessment, water-harvesting, road design, stream, wetlands and rangelands restoration and monitoring techniques. Vrooman is a designer of over 30 stream and wetland restoration projects in the desert southwest. 

Visit www.restoration-ecology.net for more information about the project and to view photos.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC maintains a nature center, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $20. To learn more, visit www.pajaritoeec.org.

 

 

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