A high mountain canyon in the National Forest with private in-holdings. The lower end of this canyon contains a marsh. Mixed conifer or spruce-fir is found at the upper end grading into Ponderosa Pine at the lower end.

Directions: From Cloudcroft a loop may be driven on FR-6563 and NM-130.

Ornithological Summary

This canyon may contain Spotted Owls. Other high priority PIF species are found in great abundance here. This is the canyon with the southern-most known breeding location for Lincoln's Sparrow in the state. Other species with high populations: Yellow-rumped Warbler, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Warbling Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Orange-crowned Warbler.

Sources: Breeding Bird Survey Route 60028 1994-2000

Conservation Issues

Riparian grazing and lowering of the water table are helping to create cuts in the canyon. A marsh at the eastern end of the canyon is in danger of being completely drained.

Ownership

Lincoln National Forest,?1101 New York Ave., Alamogordo, NM 88310, ?505-434-7200

Private inholdings

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