Yerba Mansa Project

On Wednesday April 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the NM Museum of Natural History, the public is invited to a program on the Yerba Mansa Project: community-driven native plant restoration in the bosque, presented by Dara Saville.
Herbalist, landscape geographer, and native plant conservationist Dara Saville tells us about this all-volunteer project to restore native plant communities in the bosque and at the same time provide educational outreach. The project fosters fruitful community partnerships and creates an environment whereby citizens develop a greater appreciation of Albuquerque’s most treasured resource – the river and its associated riparian forest. Their work has focused on collecting baseline data, recruiting and training volunteer field crews, engaging in active restoration work, and providing educational opportunities for all ages. Come find out how they are changing native plant communities in the bosque and how you can get involved.
Dara Saville is the founder and primary instructor of the Albuquerque Herbalism bioregional herbal studies program.  She is also the Director of the Yerba Mansa Project, an all-volunteer endeavor to restore native plants in the Bosque and provide educational outreach regarding the importance of native plant communities.  She has a Bachelor’s degree from New York University and a Master’s degree specializing in Geography of the Southwest from the University of New Mexico.  She is also a graduate of Dr. Tierona Low Dog’s Foundations of Herbal Medicine Program and has apprenticed or taken classes with numerous other herbal mentors.
The evening begins with a brief refreshment and visiting period.  A brief chapter meeting begins at 7:15 with announcements, followed immediately with the program.  Native plant books will be on display and available for purchase.  This free public program is sponsored by the Albuquerque Chapter, Native Plant Society of New Mexico.  More information about the organization is available at www.npsnm.org.

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