Nine volunteers joined the Trail Volunteer Coordinator to start work on a re-route of the Dale Ball Trails above Junction 29, on land owned by The Nature Conservancy. This is our first trail-building job under our contract with the City of Santa Fe. It is a tricky re-route due to the grades that we are dealing with to get up from the meadow to the existing trail. Even more tricky considering that we climb up to and cross an active irrigation ditch – the Acequia del Llano. Thankfully we are able to cross it at a location that is already covered.
Special thanks to Bob Findling of the Nature Conservancy, who initiated this project, was on hand to help oversee it, and who had supplied a truck-load of rock that we used to fortify sections of the trail that could not be cut into the steep acequia bank. Thanks also to Mike Cruz, mayordomo of the Acequia del Llano, as well as Richard Ellenberger of the Acequia Association, who gave the project their blessing.
We’ll all be back next Tuesday to continue this effort.