Ashbaugh Arroyo
Native Habitat Restoration

The City of Santa Fe contracted with Seeds of Wisdom to improve native habitat in the arroyo along Ashbaugh Park’s western edge. Tasks included removing invasive species (namely Siberian elms, Ulmus pumila), improving channel slope and drainage, and addressing bank erosion, all while preserving and supporting habitat for local species.

Wood removed from the arroyo was made available for local art/woodworking projects and for community pickup. In total, about 60 pounds of urban wood went to a film project, and community members picked up over 6,000 pounds! Additionally, stumps from downed Russian olive trees (Elaeagnus angustifolia) were used in Seeds of Wisdom’s design for the County of Santa Fe 2024 Earth Day rain garden.

Within the park, there were two trees that were in poor condition — but they are still very important for habitat! Seeds of Wisdom worked with Pump Trolley Atelier to add birdhouses to provide shelter for nesting birds, particularly Northern Flickers (Colaptes auratus) and Western Bluebirds (Sialia mexicana).

Explore the comparisons below to see the difference, and if you visit Ashbaugh Park, be sure to listen for the resident birds!

Location: Santa Fe, NM
Project Status: Completed in 2024