November, 2018

Dear Friends of the Valles Caldera National Preserve,

Thank you for being a member of Los Amigos de Valles Caldera and supporting the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Today, we invite you to make a gift to the Annual Fund, beyond your annual membership support and help us help the preserve.

This has been a year of accomplishments for Los Amigos. We are both the official Friends Group for the Valles Caldera National Preserve and a Cooperating Association operating the book store. In addition we are partnering with the NPS through a 5-year Cooperative Agreement to achieve mutually agreed upon tasks. We also offered well attended Wildlife and Backcountry Viewing tours this Fall during the rut.

We are pleased to announce that year-to-date net sales in 2018 at the Valle Grande Bookstore have increased 41% compared to 2017. Our bookstore operation and tours support the educational, scientific, historical, and interpretive activities of the Valles Caldera. We are very excited about these opportunities that expand our support of the Preserve and this year donated $10,000 to the Valles Caldera to assist with improving interpretive signage and trail marking on the preserve that will enhance the visitor experience.

We thank you for your past support, and hope that you will consider a tax-deductible, year-end contribution. Your generous contribution will help Los Amigos implement new activities and continue wetland restoration work in 2019.

Because of your support, we completed our contract with the New Mexico Environment Division under a New Mexico River Stewards Grant to restore function to the Rito de Los Indios and its tributary watersheds due to damage done by the 2011 Las Conchas Fire. By year end, with a grant from the Wildlife Conservation Society, we will complete our work along Hwy 4 to restore slope wetlands gullied by the Las Conchas Fire. With WCS grant funding, two educational tours were given to wetlands restoration professionals to share our restoration techniques and successes. Restoration work will continue in 2019 with your help and grants secured to restore La Jara Creek.

Please make your year-end gift by using the enclosed envelope or the Donate button on our home page at www.losamigosdevallescaldera.org. Help us help the preserve! The Board of Directors thanks you for your financial support, volunteer hours, and continued interest in Los Amigos and the Preserve. Remember that Los Amigos is a 501c3 organization and all contributions are tax-deductible.

Sincerely,

Peggy Gautier, Board of Directors Chair, Los Amigos de Valles Caldera