Valles Caldera National Preserve Weekend Campout September 23-25, 2011
This is AWF's second opportunity this summer to camp at Valles Caldera. As you drive in, you will see many areas impacted by the Las Conchas Fire. This month we will be on the Santa Rosa drainage, which the road to Rio San Antonio parallels. This is where we worked a few years ago before we moved over to Alamo Bog. The work will be important as it will directly address erosion issues in the drainage that are being exacerbated by the effects of the fire.
Plan to join us for the day and a half of work and two nights camping. Children are welcome, but no pets are permitted on the Preserve. Tents, pickup campers, and travel trailers are all acceptable. Most likely, access will again be through the main gate on Highway 4 in the Valle Grande. The camping location is not yet determined, but you will be advised once you're on the sign-up list.
Plan to participate at a level that suits your energy. As always, be prepared for the possibility of wet feet and wet clothes— our August project included some light rain during the work hours, and some stronger downpours Saturday evening. Be sure to have dry clothing changes. Nighttime temperatures may be cold, so bring appropriate bedding. Day packs with rain gear, lunches, and plenty of water are necessary. Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and your own plate and cup.
You can plan for a Friday afternoon/evening or early Saturday morning arrival. We will serve coffee and a hot breakfast Saturday, and grilled bison and veggie burgers/brats at a POTLUCK Saturday evening. Please bring a dish to share for the dinner. There may be leftovers for Sunday meals, but please be prepared with adequate food for yourself.
The number of volunteers will be limited, so RSVP soon. 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.