Scrub riparian area with remnant cottonwood and willow. Recently purchased by the BLM. One of the few sites in Eddy County with native cottonwood/riparian area left.

Directions: Go south of Malaga on US285 to a wash that the road crosses just before the New Mexico-Texas border.

Ornithological Summary

Contains priority species including breeding Bell's Vireo, breeding Painted Bunting, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Summer Tanager and breeding Orchard Oriole.

Sources: S. West personal observation.

Conservation Issues

Salt cedar has invaded some of the river. Grazing is allowed along the river with potential for habitat disturbance and cowbird parasitism. Mineral and gas exploration in area may cause significant disturbance.

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