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Los Amigos Workshops for 2014

Trail Maintenance, May 20-23

Trail maintenance will begin with a meeting at the Bunkhouse in the Historical District at 9 a.m. on May 20 to complete paperwork, outline work and discuss project safety. We will be working mostly on mountain biking trails. ATV’s will be used to transport equipment but hiking will be required.

We will be falling hazard trees, removing fallen trees and slash, brush and rocks from the trail surface and filling erosion ditches by hand work. Volunteers are welcome for any or all days.
To volunteer, email Jim Counce

Jaramillo Creek Work Weekend May 30-June 1,

Join with Los Amigos for a weekend project and campout on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. You can campout two nights in a beautiful setting and perform work that will enhance the water quality of Jaramillo Creek. For those not wanting to campout, day volunteers are welcome. We will host Saturday breakfast and dinner. More information will be provided as work date nears.

Last summer volunteers planted willow stems along two sections of the creek, completed one fence exclosure and most of another to protect the willows from grazing by cattle and elk. This workshop will complete the one exclosure and replant willows in a small area where willows were damaged by flooding or were not viable and did not live. We will also dig sod tiles to form small channels and place the sod so as to form small plugs in eroding sections of the creek to divert flow back into historical, but drying channels.
To volunteer, email Jack Crane

Join with Los Amigos and Albuquerque Wildlife Federation for the following two weekend projects and campout on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. You can campout two nights in a beautiful setting and perform rewarding work that will enhance the quality of the water in Jaramillo and San Antonio Creeks.

For those not wishing to campout, day volunteers are welcome. This is a fun group that likes to work hard, and the camping isn’t too shabby either! We will host Saturday breakfast and dinner. More information will be provided as project dates near.

Valle Jaramillo Work Weekend, July 25-27

Come and enjoy working in the beautiful Valle Jaramillo in the center of the Preserve. The creek in this narrow valley has been severely impacted by animal grazing and past logging. Sediment from head-cuts and eroding channels is reducing water quality. We will build Zuni bowls and one rock dams to control erosion in head-cuts. By moving soil and transplanting sod tiles by hand in several locations, we will plug ditches which are causing severe bank erosion and draining the adjacent wetlands. The plugs will raise the water table of the wetland and reestablish sheet flow exiting the wetland in natural locations
To volunteer, email Jack Crane

San Antonio Creek Tributaries Work Weekend August 22-24

Come work near the north and west boundaries of the Preserve where past grazing and vehicle travel have caused sloped wetlands to dry out. By moving soil and transplanting sod tiles dug by hand from several narrow trenches and other locations, we will plug animal-made ditches which are causing erosion and draining the adjacent wetlands. We will redirect this flow to adjacent low-lying areas. The plugs will raise the water table of the wetland and reestablish sheet flow exiting the wetland in natural locations. We will also gather stone and construct Zuni bowls and one rock dams in several head-cuts and eroding banks
To volunteer, email Jack Crane

Los Amigos Social Events For 2014

Geology Tour, June 8

We will again travel from Espanola via FS Road 144 to various overlooks on the north rim and views of the Valles Caldera to the south. Dr. Kirt Kempter will be our guide. This event is limited to the first 30 people who sign up. You must have a high clearance vehicle and 4WD is highly advised.

The fee is $50 per person, 12 and under free with parents. And of course lunch is included. More information will be provided as the date nears. To participate, email Jim Counce

PyroClassic XC Mountain Bike Race, August 3

Los Amigos and Pajarito Mountain Bike Patrol are co-hosting the first ever cross- country bike race on the Preserve. This race is part of the New Mexico Off Road Series and requires a USA Cycling race permit. Race information will be online soon at NM Sports Online (https://www.newmexicosportsonline.com).


You can pre-register online and get information about fees, course maps and other details. The registration fee includes a race course pre-ride Saturday afternoon. More information will be provided here and NM Sports Online as the event date nears.

We will need about 20 volunteers to oversee vehicle entry, parking, camping control, various check points and other logistics service.
To volunteer email Jack Crane

Los Amigos Members Meeting and Appreciation Picnic, August 9

This event permits members and friends to enjoy a day on the Preserve, starting with a tour to some of Los Amigos’ wetlands grant work projects at 10 a.m.

We will also have a short tour around the Historic District at 11 a.m. The members meeting will start at 12 noon at the Bunkhouse where we have met the past several years. We will have introductions, a short members meeting, a program and the picnic will begin at 2 p.m. More information will be provided as the date nears.
To attend, please email Peggy Gautier

Los Amigos Christmas Tree Sales, November 28 – December 21

Los Amigos will again sell Christmas trees cut from the Preserve to the general public each weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

We will need volunteers to gather and sell trees during this period. We will provide more details as the time draws near.
To volunteer, email Jim Counce

Valles Caldera National Preserve Sponsored Events

The Preserve puts on many special events that are shown on their web site calendar. Volunteers are always needed and your help will be appreciated.
If you are interested, email Jack Crane

Check our website for more details on these and other events throughout the season www.losamigosdevallescaldera.org.