Archive for August, 2014

Press Release: Cibola National Forest and Talking Talons developing winter recreation programs on the Sandia Mountains

Tijeras, NM – August 19, 2014. The Cibola National Forest and the Talking Talons Youth Leadership program are collaborating to develop a variety of winter recreation programs on the Sandia Ranger District. “We are excited about our collaboration with the Talking Talons because we will be able to offer a wide variety of winter recreation and educational activities on the Sandia Ranger District,” said District Ranger Cid Morgan.

Morgan said that public participation is extremely important to the success of this process and invited all interested parties to participate in upcoming public collaborative workshops. The first workshop will be held on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the James McGrane Safety Complex conference room, 48 Public School Rd., in Tijeras.

There are four topics that will be discussed at this meeting:

  1. Management of Capulin Snow Play Area
  2. Management of winter/snow trails
  3. Increasing access to winter recreation sites
  4. Establishing a “Kids in the Winter Woods” conservation education program

For more information, please contact Bob Heiar, Recreation Staff Officer at the Sandia Ranger District at or 505.281.3304, ext. 115.


Annual Permaculture & Rainwater Harvesting Gathering – Saturday, October 4, 2014

Editor’s note: As Autumn approaches and we delight in an unusual bounty of rainfall, let us not forget that it is unusual, and there are strategies that can bring us great benefit during normal times.  This is an excellent event and we encourage everyone to attend, learn, socialize, and enjoy one of the tastiest and most interesting potlucks of the year!

by Christian Meuli

Saturday, October 4, 2014

 12:00 PM         Site Tour                         Visiting culverts, raintanks, and woodchip berms this year

2:00 PM             Potluck                            Great food every year!

3:00 PM             Climate Scenarios       Dr. Dave DuBois, New Mexico State Climatologist

4:00 PM             One Minute Announcements

4:05 PM             The Peregrine Falcon  Tom Smiley

Dr. Dave DuBois is the New Mexico State Climatologist. His interests include applying tree ring dating to large climate cycles. Rather than “forecasting” what the climate will do in our future, he is trying to anticipate various climate scenarios and how they might play out in real time.

Tom Smylie shares with us for the third time his lifelong learning of raptors. He is the retired Assistant Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He played an integral role in the peregrine falcon’s recovery from near extinction in North America and continues to be actively involved with the Peregrine Fund.

This free gathering will include a site tour and discussion of culverts, raintanks, and woodchip berms. Please bring friends and children, your favorite dish to share and your finest sunhat. Please car pool and leave pets at home.

Take I-40 to exit #187 (25 miles east of Albuquerque and 8 miles west of Moriarty). At the end of the off-ramp, go south two blocks to the stoplight at the intersection with H #333 (Smith’s Grocery will be on your left). Go straight up the hill on Edgewood Road #7 and turn right in ½ mile onto Moriarty Road (now paved). Go ¼ mile to #24 and turn right into my driveway or go straight ahead down the hill and park on your left.

I look forward to seeing everyone and meeting new friends! If you need a map or a timely update, please e-mail me or call me at (505) 331-0245.

Christian Meuli