Friday, March 8, 2013

Volunteers Needed for Planting Trees in the Las Conchas Burn Scar

Here’s an opportunity to reforest an area that many of us hold close to our hearts.

What:    Plant about 10,000 Douglas fir seedlings on 56 acres of the Las Conchas burn scar

Where: Santa Fe National Forest along the Cañada Bonita Trail about one-quarter mile in from Camp May Road (see map below). Meet at the west end of the parking area at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area

When:  Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13—9 AM to 2 PM
            Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20—9 AM to 2 PM
            NOTE: These dates are dependent on ground and weather conditions. If conditions warrant and the planting session is cancelled for one or more of these dates, April 27 is the make-up day.

Who:     Up to 60 volunteers per day, advance sign up is required

What to Wear, What to Bring: All tools and hard hats will be provided, but please wear and bring:

Long-sleeved shirt
Long pants
Above-ankle boots
Lunch and snacks
3 quarts of water or more

Daily Plan
Arrive and sign in as a volunteer with the Southwest Nordic Ski Club, the project sponsor (volunteer hours will be recorded as part of a match for the Federal grant that has accomplished much of the post-fire trail work). We’ll work in about 30 teams of 2 volunteers each. There will be a safety briefing and planting instructions at 9 AM. Seedlings will be transported via ATV to the work site. We’ll dig holes using dibble bars, plant the seedlings, and place protective mesh around them. Careful planting is the key to survival, so there’s plenty of time for teams to plant about 75 seedlings each. Everyone should check out in the parking area before leaving.

What to Do Now If You Want to Volunteer
Send me an email ( with the names of volunteers, the date or dates you would like to participate, and a contact phone number. We will maintain a list of 60 volunteers for each day, and have a waiting list if necessary. Kids are OK, but this activity is probably not appropriate for children under 8 years old.

I’ll create a planting instructions information sheet and email to all registered volunteers soon. It’s not complicated or difficult to plant seedlings, but the chance of survival is greatly increased by doing it right. 

1 comment:

  1. what a great project, hope you get them all heeled in


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