Thursday, March 15, the New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors (NMVFO) held their annual trail building workshop classroom session at REI for anyone interested in learning about building trails. The following Saturday about 40 people worked on a project in the Albuquerque Foothills at the end of Menaul to practice our new skills, led by several members of the Albuquerque Open Space Division.
After the orientation and safety briefing
we worked on re-routing a section of trail
and then closed the old trail by scarifying and planting native vegetation.
(After several recent trail projects, I have decided to start documenting them on my hiking blog, to help my poor brain remember what I worked on.)
The New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors (NMVFO), joined by the Mule Deer Foundation, assisted staff from the vast 230,000 acre Sevilleta Wildlife Refuge to build a wildlife drinker on May 7, 2016 near the Pino Mountains along the western boundary of the wilderness.
About 18 volunteers mixed concrete in wheelbarrows and spread 3 inches thick on a plastic pond barrier, then inset flat natural rocks in the concrete, and finished the rim by stacking more loose flat rocks around the edge.