Valles Caldera National Preserve Weekend Campout August 19-21, 2011
This is an outstanding opportunity to camp in the Preserve and see some of the areas impacted by the Las Conchas Fire. The project is on a tributary to the San Antonio Creek in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. This work site was planned for a project in July, which had to be canceled due to the fire. The work site was not burned, but is in view of areas that were. We are again cooperating with Los Amigos de Valles Caldera to accomplish valuable wetland restoration. Our camp will be in the far northwest area of the Preserve near the work site. We invite you to join us for the two days of work and two nights camping. Children are welcome, but no pets are permitted on the Preserve. Tents, pickup campers and travel trailers are allowed. Access will be arranged through the main gate on Highway 4 in the Valle Grande or by the Sulphur Creek gate near the junction of Highway 4 and Highway 126.
Our main workday will be Saturday with some follow-up work done on Sunday. We will be using stone gathered from the adjacent slopes and sod clumps dug close by to stabilize head cuts and to plug gullies forming in a tributary of San Antonio Creek which are causing a wetland area to dry out.
There are worthwhile tasks for every level of endurance. Part of the area may be boggy, so wet feet are possible. We will hike ½ mile to the work area. This is New Mexico so sun, rain, overcast sky and wind or a mix of it all are to be expected. Day packs with appropriate clothing, lunches and plenty of water are necessary. Nighttime temperatures will be cold.
We hope you can join us Friday evening. We will serve coffee and a hot breakfast Saturday, and grilled bison and veggie burgers/hotdogs/brats at a POTLUCK Saturday evening. We generally have plenty of leftovers for Sunday meals.
The number of volunteers will be limited, so RSVP soon. It should be an interesting and fun weekend in a beautiful place. Further directions and details will be provided once you have signed up.
To sign-up or if you have questions, contact Michael Scialdone at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 505-232-8756.