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Via Posada Open Space
Saturday, 2/07/2015, 8:00 AM
Contact Larry Benson, LawRBenson@aol.com, 505-821-7999
This is a previously unscheduled project to assist Boy Scouts of Troop 6 in making a new hiking trail in Albuquerque's Via Posada Open Space, located on the west side of the Four Hills Community. As part of this project, one of the scouts, Michael Liles, will be demonstrating planning and leadership skills to help qualify as an Eagle Scout. Jim Sattler and some of his staff from the city's Open Space Division, will provide technical support, safety oversight, and quality control. Our tasks will include clearing grass, relocating other vegetation, and installing rocks where needed to create a sustainable new trail while blocking off the old trail segment with replanted vegetation and other erosion control measures. This work will follow up on a project the NMVFO did in the same location last August. Troop 6 will provide snacks and drinks in the morning and some pizza for lunch. Because of the time of year, pay attention to the latest weather forecast and dress accordingly. Wear sturdy boots, work gloves, hats, and a day pack with water and extra snacks if desired. Please contact Larry Benson no later than February 4 to sign up for this project.
Directions: From I-40 Exit 167 at the east end of Central Blvd. (by its intersection with Tramway Blvd), go south on Four Hills Road down through the Tijeras Arroyo about 7/10 of a mile to Stagecoach Rd. Veer right (west) on Stagecoach Rd about 4/10 of a mile to a 3-way stop. Turn right on Via Posada and go down a short hill to Navarra Way. The entrance to the Open Space is on the left just a short distance past this intersection at 724 Via Posada SE. Park along the curb on Via Posada or Navarra Way (being careful not to block any driveways). Please plan to arrive by 8:00 AM.
We will be working with the Friends of Piedra Lisa on their adopted trail in the Sandia Mountain Wilderness. They maintain a protected species closure area that needs to be re-signed for the public.
Work will include postings and installation of new signs where old ones have been vandalized or stolen. We will also be doing general trail maintenance along the lower half of the trail. This will primarily involve water bar clean out/repair and check dam construction/repair in areas of severe water damage.
Because the posting of the signs is required for enforcement of the closure, this project will take place regardless of weather conditions. So bring your lunch, plenty of water, lots of sunscreen and dress in layers.
We will meet at the trailhead at 08:30 AM and begin our hike to the work area. We will be working much of the two miles of the trail, but be advised that the grade is steep with an elevation gain of 1200’ in those two miles, so come prepared for a good work out that will help you lose some of that Christmas pudding and Mardi Gras gumbo you smeared on yourself! There are plenty of great places to stop and rest on your way up while enjoying some spectacular views.
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Due to limitations placed on use by the USFS; space limited to 10 volunteers. You must also be a US Citizen per USFS requirements. This is a hard hat project, so bring yours or one will be provided for you. Due to the space limitations it is mandatory that you contact the project leader to register for this project or you could be turned away at the trailhead. We appreciate your understanding.
The Quarai Ruins date from the seventeenth century, and are part of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. Help us restore the water bars and steps on the one mile Spanish Corral Trail that adjoins the ruins. We will also be doing tread work and removing invasive plant species. Help improve this popular site, just eight miles north of Mountainair, and learn a bit of history.
Salt, Societies, and Spirituality: A Tale of Two Cultures.
Tucked away in the middle of New Mexico you’ll find Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. The three sites offer a glimpse into a unique time in history. A time entrenched with cultural borrowing, conflict, and struggles. The now abandoned sites stand as reminders of the Spanish and Pueblo People’s early encounters. http://www.nps.gov/sapu/index.htm
Our trail work is at the northern-most mission, 1 mile west of Punta de Aqua, reached from NM 55.
Meet at 8:00AM
Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy boots (absolutely no sandals or tennis/athletic shoes), work gloves; helmets and eye protection are highly recommended. Also, bring sun and rain protection (just in case), plenty of drinking water, lunch, and snacks. Registration for this project is required for planning purposes; please sign up through the project leader (info below) no later than 12:00 PM on Monday, March 9.
Contact CK King, 607-222-5184, firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Join us at 6:30 PM at REI Albuquerque for a classroom introduction to trail construction and maintenance
Hands-on training in trail construction, maintenance, and repair.
Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (VODNWR), the Southwest’s first urban refuge will serve as an urban oasis for both wildlife and people on 570 acres of a former dairy farm just five miles south of downtown Albuquerque on the Rio Grande. The refuge has little infrastructure and the beginnings of a trail system for us to maintain, therefore we’re a big part of whatever it will become! This year we’ll be expanding and improving what exists while laying the foundation for the future.
This year we’ll split our efforts between repair/build/create and remove/destroy/eradicate! The list of what needs our attention runs the gambit of what we’re good at: invasive species removal, general trail maintenance and cleanup, brush pile removal (maybe some chipping), fence repair and fence removal.
We intend to rendezvous with Jennifer Owen-White, the Refuge Manager, no later than 8:00 AM on Saturday and begin work shortly thereafter. Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy boots (absolutely no sandals or tennis/athletic shoes), work gloves; helmets and eye protection are highly recommended. Also, bring sun and rain protection (just in case), plenty of drinking water and snacks. Lunch will be provided by the Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (http://friendsofvalledeoro.wildapricot.org/). Registration for this project is required for planning purposes; please sign up through the project leader (info below) no later than 12:00 PM on Thursday, March 25th.
If you come by I-25 get off on the Rio Bravo exit and go west, when you come to 2nd Street head south on 2nd Street. When the road turns do not follow it - continue on the straight, older road. VDONWR is located at 7851 2nd Street SW, look for the black mail box on right hand side of the road.
If this is your first NMVFO project, you can find more information about what to expect at http://nmvfo.org/volunteer/volunteer-faq or email or call me (Chris), the project leader, email@example.com, (505) 504-3768.
This project is cancelled because the agency's needs changed. If we are able to slot a replacement, we will post the notice here.
After meeting at the Cochiti store and carpooling to the trailhead, we'll hike into the Dome Wilderness to repair and restore trails
Come help us maintain and repair the Continental Divide Trail where it winds through the cinder cones south of Grants.
Help us open new trail into the bosque up-river from the Kuaua Pueblo at. Traditional adobe work for those who prefer it.
Help restore this lovely Gila National Forest trail; base camp near historic Cooney, NM. Limited to 12 volunteers, preference to NMVFO members
Raft and kayak down the Rio Chama, build stone steps to a primitive campsite. Limited to 8 volunteers; preference given to NMVFO members
Join us to clear deadfall on the Skyline Trail north of Spring Mountain
Camp with us at 10,000 feet. Grooming and improving a mile stretch of trail with spectacular views of Sierra Blanca and the Tularosa Basin
Help to restore this beautiful and neglected trail in San Pedro Parks Wilderness. The skill level is 1-2 Pulaski.
This project has been cancelled due to agency staffing changes.
Trail restoration project involving all aspects of trail maintenance in the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area. This project is a backpack.
This project has been cancelled due to agency travel conflcits.
Return to another one-day project inside the Albuquerque city limits. Help us reroute some trails and maintain others.
Camp two nights. Install water bars, clean up and fill washed out areas. Re-work trail bed, divert run-off, cut down hazard trees
Read the full project description here
Help us continue to restore this scenic Dome Wilderness trail down a cliff-lined canyon to Bandelier National Monument.
Camping available Sept. 11-13.
Read the full project description here.
Repair tread, brushing and install water bars on this historic trail that begins at Oliver Lee State Park just south of Alamogordo.
Read the full project description here
This project has been canceled.
Join us for our annual maintenance and repair of NMVFO’s Adopt-A-Trail in the Sandia Wilderness.
Help us restore habitat for some of New Mexico’s most endangered bird species.