SANTA FE, NM – Sept. 22, 2020 – Ready to test your skill with a lopper? The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) are hosting a volunteer work day to improve the Los Alamos Canyon Trail by lopping and brushing to improve the trail base and clear the trail corridor of overhanging vegetation.
This volunteer event is one way to celebrate 2020 National Public Lands Day by getting outdoors and putting some sweat equity into restoring and improving a small piece of the national forest. SFNF experts will be on site to ensure safety and provide instructions.
The SFNF and PEEC are committed to the health and safety of staff and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The trail work will be conducted in compliance with state public health orders and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Association for Nature Center Administrators. Participants will be asked to wear face coverings, maintain physical distance and work in small groups.
Pre-registration is required to volunteer for this project. During registration, you will be asked to read and agree to a waiver statement. This includes details about participant health, so please read the waiver carefully. You may also review the SFNF’s COVID-19 protocols for volunteer projects.
Participants should wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy boots, and a hat. Bring a face covering, water, snacks, lunch, and work gloves. Hard hats and some tools will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own tools – loppers and hand saws in particular – if you prefer.
Volunteers should park at the Los Alamos Ice Rink at 9:00 a.m. where they can pick up tools and receive instructions before the group hikes to the work location, an easy 2- to 2.5-mile hike each way.