From Lynn B:
Tree planting is coming in April for 56 acres of severe burn around the Nordic Ski trails near Pajarito Mountain. We have set dates for tree planting, so feel free to sign up for one or more. The dates are April 12-13 and April 19-20. Both are Friday, Saturday dates. Hours are 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Meeting place is the far west end of the Pajarito Ski Hill parking lot.
I actually had Jennifer's email incorrect in the first message. You can sign up with her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reply directly to this email and sign up that way. We need to get an email list of all who are interested in case of changes to the schedule due to unexpected weather.
I think we have about a 50-50 chance of actually getting all 10,000 trees planted on those days without weather cancelling at least one day. The little Douglas fir trees are very particular. It has to be above 40 degrees with no snow on the ground, some moisture in the soil, but not too much, and it can't be windy. Does that sound like a typical April day? If there are one or more days cancelled due to weather, we will then open up reservations for the next weekend which will be April 26-27, again a Friday, Saturday.
Everyone who signs up will be volunteering for the Southwest Nordic Ski Club. This will enable us to bank more hours in order to meet the match for continuing contract work to repair trails taken out by the Las Conchas fire. This season we are targeting Guaje Canyon trail from Guaje Reservoir to Pipeline Road and the Caballo Mountain trails.
If you have additional questions or wish to sign up by phone, please call the Espanola Ranger District at 505 753-7331 and ask for Jennifer or Lynn.
Sign up soon to reserve your spot with the planting teams.