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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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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 22 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, lopping, brushing, signage, deadfall clearing, cairn building. We will be working under tall Ponderosa Pine and camping beside the beautiful Rio de Las Trampas. Click here to see photos of the area.

 

Directions. From Hwy 285 at the Nambe exit for NM State Hwy 76 it is 27 miles to the Village of Trampas. From the Catholic Church it will be 1.1 miles to El Valle Road. Turn right on El Valle Road and follow for about 6.5 miles. The road will dead end at the Trampas Trailhead where we will be camped.


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Join us in the coolness of the Sacramento Mountains near Ruidoso where we’ll be working on the Telephone Canyon Trail in the White Mountain Wilderness which will take us up to the Crest Trail. We’ll work all day Saturday and half day Sunday. Our job will be improving tread, brushing, and eliminating blown down. Some will begin at the Crest and work down while others will refurbish the trail going up.

 

We will be camping only a short distance from the worksite in a shady setting. Fortunately for all of us, we will have a tag team of two cooks providing Saturday and Sunday breakfasts and Saturday dinner. You will need to provide your own Friday evening meal, Saturday lunch which we’ll eat on the trail and any snacks and your favorite beverages, adult or otherwise.

 

The easiest way to get to the camping area and avoid the horror known as Ruidoso is take I-25 south and exit onto Hwy. 380 at San Antonio. For those who are hungry it’s worth a stop for a green chile cheeseburger at the Owl or the Buckhorn. Take 380 east past the Valley of Fire and then go through Carrizozo. Eight miles east of Carrizozo turn right and head south on Hwy. 37 for 14 miles passing through Nogal and coming to the junction with Hwy. 48. Turn right or south on 48 and travel 4 miles to Hwy. 532 which goes to Ski Apache. You will see a large Shell station at the junction. Turn right or east and travel about 3 miles to Forest Road 127A. Again turn right and go about 2 miles to the camp. As always, keep an eye out for green NMVFO signs.

 

To sign-up or to get more information, please contact Jim Scanlon at scanlon.jim@gmail.com or (505) 385-0517. The sign-up deadline is Monday, September 15. 


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Enjoy a weekend in the Historic Datil Mountains and visit the Very Large Array. Datil Well was one of 15 former water wells spaced every ten miles along the historic Magdalena Livestock Driveway that once stretched 120 miles from Springerville, AZ to Magdalena, NM. We will camp Friday and Saturday nights at the Group Shelter site which has fresh well water, vault toilets, shady tent sites and plenty of room for parking to include RVs. There is a motel in nearby Datil for those who do not wish to camp.

 

Enjoy beautiful overlooks of the San Augustin Plains from the trails as we take on three sections of the Datil Well Loop—the sections (all within the same general area) have been prioritized to facilitate completion of some or all depending upon group size, weather, or other difficulties. Priority #1 is ~800 foot reroute of a badly eroded fall line section. Priority #2 will be fixing drainage along the east section leading up to the choke point just prior to the reroute. There really is no way of re-routing this section, so I figured the best option is to just do a better job at managing the drainage. Priority #3 is another ~500 foot re-route just above the other reroute section. The existing section is a little steep and heavily rutted. The re-route section follows the contour better and has more shade. The hike to the furthest point of the work area from the campground is slightly more than a half mile (0.6 miles).

 

NMVFO will provide breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and dinner on Saturday night. Bring water bottles/packs, daypack, lunches and snacks, and a camp chair is a good idea long-sleeved shirts, long pants, work gloves, work boots, sun protection, raingear (just in case),. Carpooling is encouraged. Please sign up for this project by Tuesday, September 23rd so that our meal coordinator (Micky Hogue) can match provisions to participants. Unfortunately, we will not be able to support restricted diets.

 

Datil is 61 miles west of Socorro on US Hwy 60. The campground is ¼ mile south of Datil on Hwy 12. The green NMVFO signs will be deployed early Friday afternoon at both entrances to the campground area.

 

If this is your first NMVFO camping 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.

 

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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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