Members of the Youth Conservation Corps re-route a section of the Valle Canyon Trail. Courtesy/PEEC
Come to PEEC from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 to get an update on the status of post-Las Conchas Fire trail rehabilitation from Open Space and Trails Specialist Craig Martin.
Craig Martin began his career in Los Alamos as a freelance writer. He has written many books and magazine articles on local outdoor recreation and history, including a wonderful, comprehensive guide to trails in and around Los Alamos and White Rock.
This book in particular should be on the bookshelf of every hiker, mountain biker, and cross-country skier in the area.
In May 2000, the Cerro Grande fire burned through Los Alamos and much of the surrounding areas where Martin lived and worked. He worked tirelessly over the years to organize thousands of volunteers to restore trails and plant seedlings in burned areas.
For these efforts, Martin has been awarded the National Volunteer of the Year Award from the Points of Light Foundation and the Chief’s Award from the United States Forest Service.
Many trails in the Los Alamos area took a beating during post-fire floods in the summer of 2011. It wasn’t a pretty picture in February 2012 when PEEC offered a program on the status of the trail network. But this past summer, about 22 miles of those trails were rebuilt, rerouted, improved, or stabilized by contractors, local Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups and volunteers.
Come learn about the status of trails, the stories of the workers and volunteers who spent countless hours doing trail rehabilitation, and what is planned for the summer of 2013.
The second edition of Martin’s book, “Los Alamos Trails” will be available for purchase in the PEEC gift shop. Make sure to get Craig to sign your copy after his talk.
For more information, visit www.PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or e-mail Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.