Rolling Hills Ranch
June 16-18, 2023
LOCATION: Rolling Hills Ranch near Dilia & Anton Chico, NM
THE PROJECT: AWF is partnering with Impact Outdoors to continue our shared restoration work on the Rolling Hills Ranch. This historic ranch has been in the Martinez family for many generations, and the family is implementing rotational grazing and other sustainable management methods to improve habitat on the ranch for both livestock and wildlife. Our work this year will focus on putting up fencing to keep cattle out of wetlands and waterways.
SCHEDULE: Friday, June 16 – Sunday, June 18
Volunteers do not need to be present for the entire weekend to participate. You are welcome to join us just for the work day Saturday, or camp for just one of the two nights.
GEAR: Bring everything you need for a weekend of camping and restoration work, including work gloves, hat, long sleeves, long pants, sturdy boots, and sunscreen. We recommend bringing a change of shoes, and waterproof boots or boots you don’t mind getting wet or muddy. Rain gear, warm clothes for the evenings and plenty of water are essential.
FOOD: Impact Outdoors is providing breakfast for volunteers on Saturday. We will share a potluck meal on Saturday evening. Please bring a dish to share for the Saturday potluck dinner, along with your own lunches, Friday dinner, Sunday breakfast, and lots of water!
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2023 AWF Project Schedule
MARCH 11 - Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge
APRIL 7-9 - Ft. Union Ranch
MAY 19-21 - Rio Mora Wildlife Refuge
JUNE 2-4 - Manuelitas Creek
JUNE 16-18 - Rolling Hills Ranch, near Anton Chico, NM
JULY 14-16 - Gallinas post-fire restoration
JULY 28-30 - Valle Vidal
AUGUST 18-20 - Midnight Meadows, near Questa, NM
SEPTEMBER 1-4 - Limestone Canyon, near Magdalena, NM
SEPTEMBER 15-17 - Cebolla Canyon in El Malpais
OCTOBER 20-22 - Gutierrez Family Ranch
NOVEMBER 4 - Local day project in the Abq Bosque
One of AWF's primary missions is to improve and preserve wildlife habitat for present and future uses. To further this goal, AWF hosts several volunteer restoration projects each year in locations around New Mexico. Project tasks include building rock structures in streambeds using the techniques developed by Bill Zeedyk, planting trees, installing fence exclosures to protect riparian areas, and removing old wire fencing that is hazardous to wildlife.
Some of the projects are one-day events at local venues in and around Albuquerque. Most are weekend camping trips in beautiful public lands in the state. Typically, participants arrive on Friday afternoon or evening, camp Friday and Saturday nights, and depart by Sunday noon. However, volunteers are welcome to join us just for the Saturday work day, or camp for just one of the two nights.
The camping events feature Saturday morning breakfast burritos and coffee, and a Saturday evening potluck dinner with grilled bison burgers and veggie options provided by AWF. Participants bring a dish to share to create a bountiful meal.
We welcome participants of all ages; individuals under 18 years of age require parental permission or supervision.
Keeping our volunteers safe is AWF’s top priority on our restoration projects! One way we keep you safe is to make sure that you are aware of the potential risks involved in camping and working outside, as well as the actions that AWF takes to reduce those risks. We go over these hazards during our safety talk at the start of each project, but we also wanted to provide it here for you to review in advance of coming out on a project. Before starting work, we will ask you to sign a liability waiver indicating that you understand the potential risks of participating in a restoration project and that you accept responsibility for your safety on the project.
Click here to download AWF's Safety Talk as a pdf document.
AWF also has specific safety protocols in effect for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here to review them.
AWF's Project Liability Waiver is available here.