Albuquerque Wildlife Federation (AWF) is teaming with Los Amigos de Valles Caldera (Amigos) to host a weekend-long volunteer project, Aug. 14-16, in the Valle Seco section of the preserve.
Volunteers from both groups will be working to improve integrity of Sulphur Creek and adjoining wetlands in the area via stream restoration work and repairs to enclosure fencing. The August event is the second such collaborative project between AWF and Amigos in the Valles Caldera in 2015.
“We’re very excited to get back to this beautiful, lush, and uniquely volcanic spot in the preserve and to update our work to protect the wetlands,” Phil Carter, Project Committee Member of AWF said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to visit an area that few see in the Jemez Mountains.”
As part of the weekend volunteer project, the groups will offer camping opportunities with catered breakfast, a potluck and catering for Saturday’s dinner, and refreshments. In 2015, the Valles Caldera project is one event of AWF’s annual series of monthly volunteer ecological projects, held from March to October at various sites around the state.
The project site is an area of particular concern for Amigos in their ongoing work to improve ecological integrity of the Valles Caldera.
“Valle Seco is the headwaters of Sulphur Creek, which is a main tributary of San Antonio Creek,” Jack Crane, Project Leader for Amigos said. “It’s an area that has been negatively impacted by grazing and logging and needs significant work to bring back the wetlands.”