Foothills Open Space at Menaul

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.

Sevilleta Willows Again

The NMVFO New Mexico Volunteers For the Outdoors held their first project of 2018, planting willows near the bosque for habitat restoration at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge south of Albuquerque.

We planted everal hundred no-root willow poles in deep holes, already drilled with an auger. Last year our group completed a similar willow planting nearby.

The biggest challenge was breaking up sticky clay clumps into smaller pieces and tamping down the dirt in the hole to prevent large air voids that might interfere with root development.

Sevilleta Drinker

(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.

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