2013 Year End Summary

The Trails Alliance of Santa Fe (TAOSF) web site continues to improve and is a core achievement of the Alliance. It consolidates volunteer hours, events, and news about trails in the Santa Fe region. This year nearly 3400 hours of work were recorded and held in a total of 233 events, figures which demonstrate how the Trails Alliance brings together a range of trail users.

The big achievements of the year entail the hiring of volunteer trail coordinators by both the City and the County of Santa Fe. Carol Branch oversees County’s trail volunteers and Tim Rogers works out of the Santa Fe Conservation Trust to organize trail work for the City’s natural surfaced trails.

A unique opportunity came to the TAOSF when the Santo Domingo Pueblo asked for help in developing a community trail. Our members provided training and assistance in building a trail having progressively more difficult loops as it spread out from the parking area. With Rob ‘n Charlie’s Bike shop, volunteers helped to repair over 70 bicycles at the trail opening event to encourage bike riding in the Pueblo.

Writers from the Trails Alliance and the Santa Fe Conservation Trust initiated a monthly column on trails in the Santa Fe ‘New Mexican’. In each, regional and city trails are promoted.

The Trails Alliance participated in developing a new Santa Fe Foothills Trails map which leads people to the Arroyo Hondo Open Space, the La Tierra Trails, and the Dale Ball Trails as well as bringing awareness to possible future connections among trails.

The Alliance provides training, tools, and crew leaders for work events. Extra Space Storage kindly lets the Alliance uses one of their excellent units, making it easy to get our tools to work sites.

Work events included these:
— re-seeding along the La Tierra Trails (LTT)
— alignment adjustments on the LTT
–Dead Dog Trail construction
–Dale Ball trails improvement
— cleaning up the LTT BMX area (two Trails Alliance members arranged for donations of helmets to children who use the bike park)
–National Trails Day in Hyde State Park
–cottonwood protection along the Santa Fe River
–major improvements on the La Piedra Trail
–Winsor Trail in the National Forest improvements
— new trails in the Galisteo Basin
–new trail at the Petchesky Conservation Center
–mitigating recent erosion damage on the Rail Trail
–Arroyo Hondo Open Space vista viewing area