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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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Piedra Lisa Trail

04/19/2014

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 installation of a new sign where an old one was 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. 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 between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM and begin our hike to the work area. We will be working about 2/3 of the two miles of the trail, but be advised that the grade is steep with an elevation gain of 1200' in two miles, so come prepared for a good workout! There are plenty of great places to stop and rest on your way up while enjoying some spectacular views. For more information about this trail, visit http://www.backpacker.com/destinations/hikes/23146.


Due to limitations placed on us by the USFS space is limited to 10 volunteers. 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. For more information or to sign up, contact Project Leader Bill Velasquez, nmvfo@live.com or (505) 225-5744. Please sign up for this project by Wednesday, April 16.

DIRECTIONS: To reach the trailhead, travel north on Tramway Boulevard past the turnoff to the tram, and as the road begins to curve to the west, turn north on the paved FR 333. Take FR 333 for about 2 miles to a point where the pavement ends. Continue north on the dirt road to a parking area just before a gate marked with a sign as Private Road.

 


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During the previous two years we have been repairing the northern and southern ends of St. Peters Dome Trail (Santa Fe National Forest Trail #118) from damage caused by the Las Conchas fire of 2011 and subsequent erosion. We plan to continue this work after hiking approximately 2 miles from the southern trailhead (through scenic Sanchez Canyon) to the junction with Turkey Spring Trail. Under the guidance of Ranger Phyllis Martinez of the Jemez Ranger District, we will build rock cairns, install carsonite trail markers, and perform maintenance on the Turkey Spring Trail for another 2 miles to the Bandelier National Monument boundary. If we have enough workers, a second team will continue repairing the tread and improving drainage on the St Peters Dome trail toward Picacho Peak. Forest Service regulations require long pants, long-sleeved shirts, study boots, and work gloves. Also bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and (if precipitation is in the forecast) a rain jacket or poncho. In addition to carrying a tool, you will need to backpack in your own lunch and container(s) with plenty of water. Extra bottled water and juice will be available in a cooler at the trailhead.

 

Our meeting place is a relatively short commute from either Albuquerque or Santa Fe. Take I-25 to exit 264, then west on NM 22 past the dam to the parking lot next to the Cochiti Convenience Store, arriving before 9:00 am. The Corps of Engineers operates two nearby campgrounds (minimum fee: $5.00) at Cochiti Lake for anyone who wants to stay overnight. Coffee, pastries and snacks are available at the convenience store. Because of the condition of FR 289 and the possibility of its gate being locked, we will consolidate into high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles at the store for the drive to the trailhead. FR 289 begins on the right about 3/4 mile past the Cochiti Golf Course, and the trailhead is about 2 miles up FR 289. Please sign up with the project leader by April 23.


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Spring Social

04/27/2014

NMVFO is hosting a SPRING SOCIAL on Sunday, April 27 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Bachechi Open Space located at Rio Grande Blvd and Alameda Blvd. Parking is off Alameda on the east side of the river - look for green NMVFO signs. Click here for a map of the grounds. Enjoy refreshments while meeting friends old and new and learning more about NMVFO and the 2014 season volunteer projects, then explore the unique grounds. Plan on attending and bring a friend or neighbor who might be interested in our organization. For more information contact Mike Myers, michael_myers@q.com or (505) 620-4525

 

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NMVFO will join forces with the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society to fix serious erosion problems by re-routing sections of Winsor Trail near Aspen Basin in the Santa Fe National Forest above Santa Fe. This project is limited to 10 volunteers. For more information or to sign up, contact project leader Deborah Radcliffe, chairperson@nmvfo.orgSign up for this project by Sunday, 4/27/14.  


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What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than spending time with Nature. Besides enjoying a weekend with Mom Nature, we’ll also be improving the Mexico to Canada Continental Divide Trail. And there’s more. Our work will be in a Wilderness Study Area, another cause for festivities as we honor the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Whew, that’s a lot of celebrating.

 

So lend a hand as we prepare tread, rebuild cairns and remove brush where the CDT passes through tall (and shade giving) Ponderosa Pines. We’ll work all day Saturday and half a day on Sunday so you’ll be home in time for other Mother’s Day activities. VFO will be supplying Saturday and Sunday breakfast and Saturday dinner.

 

The Chain of Craters project is southwest of Grants. Take I-40 to Grants and exit on State Highway 53. Turn left and go south 17 miles passing the Zuni-Acoma Trailhead, the Park Service Visitor Center and the turn-off for Ice Caves. Turn left or south on County Road 42 and follow our green signs. More detailed directions and information will be sent to those who sign up for the project.

 

To reserve a place or if you have questions, contact Jim Scanlon at scanlon.jim@gmail.com or 505-385-0517. Please sign up by Sunday, May 4. See you on the CDT.


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Help clear and maintain a trail to San Gregoriao Lake while enjoying warm days and chilly nights. 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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We will continue previous work on the Mineral Creek Trail in the Gila National Forest, removing debris dams, building cairns, brushing and treadwork. 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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Enjoy a long weekend rafting and kayaking on the scenic Rio Chama and build stone steps to BLM campsites. Limited to 8 volunteers; there is a waiting list. 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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Celebrate trails and our public lands with projects in Hyde Memorial State Park and Santa Fe National Forest. 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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We will be restoring Santa Fe Forest Trail #116 in picturesque Capulin Canyon near its boundary with Bandelier National Monument. The lower section of the trail, which lies within the Dome Wilderness, has suffered damage from Monsoon flooding after the Las Conchas Fire of 2011. Volunteers are invited to come for either one or both days. Our work—under the guidance of Ranger Phyllis Martinez of the Jemez Ranger District—will include improving drainage, out-sloping the trail tread, pruning and clearing any deadfall along the trail corridor. Forest Service regulations require long pants, long-sleeved shirts, sturdy boots, and work gloves. Also bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a day pack with water container(s), snacks, and rain gear if predicted in the latest weather forecast. To reach the Capulin Trailhead, we will carpool in high-clearance 4x4 vehicles on FRs 289 and 142 toward the St Peters Dome lookout tower. We'll then hike approximately 2 miles down the trail to the main work area.

 

Camping will be available on Friday and Saturday nights at Graduation Flats. This large grassy meadow with scattered shade trees has lots of space for tents and an adjacent parking lot for RV and car camping. The Jemez Ranger District will provide a porta-potty, water, and firewood (if conditions permit open fires). The VFO will provide dinner on Saturday evening, breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and some sandwich fixings and apples to pack in for lunch on Saturday.  Please bring your own chair, cup, utensils, plate, and bowl.

 

Directions: As shown on the map, take NM 4 to its junction with Forest Road 289 (between mile markers 43 and 44). Follow the VFO signs to Graduation Flats, which is located 2.3 miles south on FR 289, just before its junction with FR 36. The drive from Albuquerque's northern boundary on I-25, US 550, and NM 4 is 77 miles and takes about 2 hours. (Caution: NM 4 has limited passing zones and strictly enforced speed limits through San Ysidro, the Jemez Pueblo, and Jemez Springs.) The drive from Santa Fe's city limit via White Rock on NM 4 is 53 miles and takes about 1 hour 15 minutes. For those not camping on Friday night, please plan to arrive before 9 AM on Saturday.

 

Volunteers camping overnight should sign up with Larry by June 9, while those just coming on Saturday may contact him as late as June 12.  If you would be interested in providing or obtaining a ride, please indicate about where you live and he'll try to coordinate carpooling.

 

Click the link below to see pictures of the Capulin Trail Marker and Graduation Flats.


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Reroute a section of trail, repair switchbacks and restore tread eroded by rains after the Las Conchas Fire in Bandelier National Monument. 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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Clear deadfall on the Skyline Trail in the Pecos Wilderness. Crosscut saw training will be offered on site. Join us for 2-5 days. 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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El Malpais has been making a concentrated effort to encourage the public to both enjoy and protect this unique area. A first step is to open a trail that highlights the monument’s jewels including lava flows and tubes, bat caves, sandstone bluffs and the Continental Divide Trail.

 

We’ll be doing our part as we create new trail in one area, improve drainage on the already constructed trail in another section, and do a short reroute of the CDT, all under the welcome shade of Ponderosas. There’s work for everyone no matter what your skill level.

 

We will be working all day Saturday and half a day Sunday. NMVFO will provide Saturday and Sunday breakfast and Saturday dinner. You will be responsible for other meals and snacks. To get to the campsite, drive west on I-40 to the west end of Grants and take Exit 81f or NM Hwy. 53. Turn left or south and travel approximately 15 miles. You’ll see our green NMVFO sign. Turn right and proceed another half mile to our beautiful camping area.

 

If for some reason you cannot spend the entire weekend with us, we also encourage you to come out on Saturday. More specific information and directions will be provided for those who sign up. To become part of this project or if you have any questions, contact Jim Scanlon at scanlon.jim@gmail.com or 505-385-0517. We’ll see you there.


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Return with us to this scenic spot overlooking the Rio Grande to replaster adobe walls outlining unexcavated kivas and groom the trail we build along the river. This is a family-friendly project.


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Construct new trail while enjoying a day in the foothills near Santa Fe. 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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Enjoy views and wildlife while helping reroute a steep section of trail in this scenic and historic park near Raton. Check back for more information or subscribe to the NMVFO Newsletter on the home page.


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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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Camp in this beautiful basin and join us for trail maintenance, bridge repair, sign replacement and other tasks over the Labor Day weekend. 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 build a bridge over Jicarita Creek or the West Fork of the Santa Barbara River. Backpack or car camp to be determined. 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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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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