Audubon and Pagosa Student Volunteers’ Forest Work
Audubon Removes Fencing
PAGOSA SPRINGS –
The Weminuche Audubon Society helped remove fencing that was posing hazards to wildlife on a parcel of land recently acquired by the USFS as part of a land exchange. The Laughlin Park parcel near Jackson Mountain is surrounded by the San Juan NF. It includes a large meadow, wetlands and a man-made pond, with forested edges. Dozens of volunteers worked to remove a barbed wire fence and associated posts to eliminate the likelihood of wildlife becoming entangled.
“The local Audubon chapter is helping to make the area safe and accessible for both the public and wildlife,” says Brandy Richard-son, Pagosa RD wildlife technician. “It’s a great demonstration of the public showing personal ownership and desire to care for our public lands.” –
Pagosa Students Help with Trails
PAGOSA SPRINGS – Pagosa Springs Middle School eighth grad-ers hit the trail this summer with spades and shovels to help the Pagosa RD reroute a portion of the Turkey Springs Trail. Their work added to an earlier reroute completed by Pagosa High School students.
Altogether the efforts of the students replaced a low, wet sec-tion of non-motorized trail with a more enjoyable experience that will also limit damage to natural resources.
From the San Juan NF Newsletter