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Trail work on the new trail in Eldorado Preserve

 

FYI - the Conservation Committee has set Saturday, April the 21 (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) as the trail work day devoted to the new 404 trail. This is a beautiful new trail in the eastern part of the ECIA Preserve, up on the mesa. Revealing two canyons that most people never realized was over there. Last summer UNM students put in a little over a mile. There are another four miles to go, but its relatively easy trail building. Come for the camaraderie and to meet your neighbors. Give back for all the miles of hiking done here and elsewhere. Learn how to use natural materials and stone for water diversion measures - when it rains, it can really pour.

These are lessons you can then apply to your home landscaping. Trail building requires all sorts of skills, not necessarily heavy work. There are branches to be cut and plants to be transplanted out of the trail bed. There’s even a need for one or two individuals to walk messages between work groups as teams spread out over the trail. The ECIA Preserve encompasses some 20 miles of trails that are recognized to be in the best shape of any trails in northern New Mexico.

Details: Meet at the ECIA parking lot at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21st - we will carpool from there. Starting work around 9’ish. Parking at the trailhead is limited, so carpooling is paramount. UNM students are arriving later in the morning. Formally ending at 4 p.m., “but of course folks are encouraged to leave whenever they need to.” The Conservation Committee has an extensive collection of tools. If you have a favorite saw, loppers, spade, or some specialty tool you think might be an asset, please bring it along.

There will be water, but most of us bring along a backpack with some water and anything else we might need. Socialized dogs are welcome. Just remember, it is not hiking, so some dogs get bored watching people work. — If you know you are going to volunteer, RSVP with John Reynolds Conservation Committee Chair, John Reynolds at John Reynolds john.t.reynolds@gmail.com so they have a bit more of an idea of how many will show up.