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NMVFO plans 25-30 volunteer work projects each year. Click here for an overview of the 2014 season, then check back often for additional information posted as it becomes available. To receive updates and detailed information about upcoming projects and events, be sure to sign up for the NMVFO newsletter on the Home page. Public land agencies that are interested in proposing a joint project should contact projects@nmvfo.org for more information and our easy-to-complete proposal form.  

 

If you're new to NMVFO, be sure to visit our FAQ page to learn more about what to expect on a project. Project leaders are always happy to answer your questions about specific projects. Have a non-project related question? Send us a message from our Contact page. Pets are not allowed on any NMVFO projects. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or other legal guardian.


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Audubon Society's Mission: To conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

 

For more than a century, Audubon has built a legacy of conservation success by mobilizing the strength of its network of members, Chapters, Audubon Centers, state offices and dedicated professional staff, and in our case, WILLING AND ABLE VOLUNTEERS, to connect people with nature and the power to protect it.

 

This year we’re going to do something a little bit different; we’re going to create and enhance an educational area that will hopefully inspire folks who have not yet discovered the outdoors as we have and teach future generations to pick up where our generation has left off. This year we will be cleaning up and improving the Children's Garden, picnic area, and the wetlands and pond areas and connecting these areas together with a defined trail network joining existing and building new trail as needed. We also anticipate building about three sets of rock stairs.

 

The project is scheduled for all day Saturday, August 2nd. RIDE-SHARING IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. We intend to rendezvous with Steve Cary, Resources Manager, no later than 8:00 AM and begin work shortly thereafter.

 

Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy boots (no sandals or tennis/athletic shoes) and work gloves. They should also bring sun and rain protection (just in case) plenty of drinking water and snacks. Lunch will be provided by The Randall Davey Audubon Center (http://nm.audubon.org/randall-davey). Registration for this project is required for planning purposes. Please, register for this project no later than 30 July 2014.

 

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, fritzsche.christopher@gmail.com, (505) 504-3768.
 

DIRECTIONS: From St. Francis Drive (US84/285), take Alameda east (towards the mountains). You will pass through several stoplights and 4-way stops, but keep going. Eventually you will come to a light at Paseo de Peralta. Go straight, the road turns more residential at this point, and the Santa Fe River is on your right. You will meet 4-way stops at Delgado St. and Palace Avenue, and then the road will curve sharply to the right, and go over the river. At the next 4-way stop, which is the intersection with Upper Canyon Road, turn left. Follow this road until it ends; it dead-ends in our parking lot. The last mile is a curvy dirt road. You may feel like you are lost, but most likely you are not.

 


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Enjoy great scenery, look for wildlife and explore coal camp ruins in this scenic and historic state park on the Colorado border near Raton while helping to restore trail and an overlook damaged in the 2011 fire that ravaged the park. One crew will halp to restore a handicap-accessible short trail and overlook that NMVFO volunteers helped construct several years ago. The other crew will help stabilize and restore trail eroded by rains after the fire. One section of trail is approximately 2 miles to the worksite over gentle terrain with little elevation rise. No experience is necessary; training and tools will be provided. Newcomers are welcome! 


Volunteers are required to wear long pants, long sleeves, work boots (tennis/athletic shoes are not acceptable) and work gloves. They should also bring sun (sunglasses, hat, sunscreen) and rain protection, water bottles or packs, and a pack to take gear and lunch out on the trail. Saturday & Sunday breakfast & Saturday night dinner will be provided to volunteers who work those days. Volunteers should plan for their own Friday night dinner, lunches, snacks, and preferred beverages.

 

We will camp in the Gambel Oak Group Campground where there is room for RV and vehicle camping, great tent sites and views across the canyon.Volunteers can plan to arrive on Friday afternoon or evening. There is a new pit toilet in the campsite and hot showers are available across from the Visitors Center. The 2011 fire damaged the upper campground water isystem, so volunteers should bring water containers to hold enough water for personal use. Water is available at the Visitors Center and at Lake Alice Campground, both of which are passed on the way to the project campsite--click here for a map of the park. A camp chair is recommended for camp comfort. To learn more about what to expect on an NMVFO camping project, visit the FAQ page and contact the project leader if you have any questions.

 

Getting to Sugarite Canyon State Park is easy: Travel I-25 north to Raton, then take Exit 452 for NM-72E and follow the signs - the park is approx. 7 miles from Raton, so staying in Raton is also an option. Travel time from Albuquerque to the park is 3+ hours but an easy and scenic drive where you may see antelope on the plains. Ride sharing is encouraged and will be facilitated by the project leader. 

 

Pre-registration is required for planning purposes so please sign up by Sunday, August 3. If you have questions or to sign up, contact project leader Barbara Hoehne, nymphaea123@msn.com or (505) 227-1673.

 


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Enjoy a one-day project within Albuquerque city limits. Join us as we maintain trails and help reroute a badly eroed trail in this 40-acre Open Space area. check back for more inforamtion or subscribe to the NMVFO Newsletter on the home page.


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Enjoy camping in northern New Mexico near Red River and join us for trail maintenance, bridge and fishing platform repair, and other tasks over the Labor Day weekend. Fawn Lakes is a public campground that includes two ponds stocked with trout. Both tent sites and a limited number of RV sites will be available. Non-potable running water is available in the RV area and the river runs along the tent area. Hiking trails are nearby. There are several campgrounds along the road between Questa and Red River. Fawn Lakes is on the right. The signs are large and easy to find.

Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy boots (no sandals or tennis/athletic shoes) and work gloves. We will be working near water; please be prepared with appropriate footwear. Volunteers should also bring sun and rain protection (just in case) plenty of drinking water and snacks. NMVFO will provide breakfast and dinner on Sat and Sun, and breakfast on Monday. Volunteers provide their own lunches. Registration for this project is required for planning purposes. Please, register for this project no later than 15 August 2014.


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Join us in the Carson National Forest for 1 to 2.5 days for trail maintenance on the Centennial Trail: tread work, brushing, signage, deadfall clearing, cairn building. This project is limited to 15 volunteers. Check back for additional information or contact one of the project leaders for information and to sign up.


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We'll be camping at 10,000 feet and working with spactacular views of the Tularosa Basin and Sierra Blanca. Check back for more information or subscribe to the NMVFO Newsletter on the home page for monthly project updates, news, events, trail tech articles, and stories from the field.


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Maintain trails at this scenic, historic landmark near the Very Large Array in west central New Mexico. Check back for more information or subscribe to the NMVFO Newsletter on the home page for monthly project updates, news, events, trail tech articles, and stories from the field.


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Help restore and protect New Mexicos first urban national wildlife refuge on the 570-acre former Price's Dairy, the largest undeveloped property in Albuquerque. Check back for more information or subscribe to the NMVFO Newsletter on the home page for monthly project updates, news, events, trail tech articles, and stories from the field.


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Join us repairing tread, brushing and installing water bars on this historic trail that begins at Oliver Lee State Park just south of Alamogordo. Check back for more information or subscribe to the NMVFO Newsletter on the home page for monthly project updates, news, events, trail tech articles, and stories from the field.


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Join us for our annual maintenance of NMVFO's Adopt-A-Trail in the Sandia Wilderness. Check back for more information or subscribe to the NMVFO Newsletter on the home page for monthly project updates, news, events, trail tech articles, and stories from the field.


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