- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Game and Fish Department is closing a fishing and hunting area along the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico while stream and access improvements are made.

The agency said the 80-acre Hammond Tract Wildlife Management Area will close until June 20. The area is about 14 miles downstream from Navajo Dam near the community of Blanco.

Workers will start next Monday to improve stream habitat, plant native vegetation, replace a boat ramp and upgrade a parking lot. The agency already has cleared invasive trees that grew thickly along the river, and it plans to create new wetlands for waterfowl.

The agency said boaters should exit the river before the Hammond Tract boat ramp because it’s the last takeout above a diversion dam.

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