Alamogordo may replace cottonwoods to save water

Posted at: 03/19/2013 12:23 PM
By: Tracy Dingmann,

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - Alamogordo may replace the cottonwood trees in Alameda Park with a drought-resistant variety of tree.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that replacing the cottonwoods with a different type of tree is an option being considered for beautifying White Sands Boulevard, a main thoroughfare in the southern New Mexico city.

Alameda Park is lined with the cottonwoods, and a festival celebrating them is held there each year.

Former Mayor Steve Brockett says the non-native cottonwoods require a lot of scarce water and haven't done well with irrigation from effluent water.

Brockett is chairman of the White Sands Beautification Committee.

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