Field Trips

Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (1/2 day)

This trip has been canceled

Situated between the Chupadera Mountains to the west and the San Pascual Mountains to the east, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939 to provide a critical stopover for migrating waterfowl. The refuge is well known for the tens of thousands of cranes, geese, and ducks who winter here each year. The refuge holds an annual event where the public is invited to observe implementation of a prescribed fire and learn more about the role of fire in wildlife management. Although the demo burn is implemented in November, participants on the field trip will learn how it happens. You will also have the opportunity to learn about what they do in general year-round.

Price: $40

Includes: Transportation, Lunch, Snacks

Santa Fe National Forest – Jemez Mountains Fuels and Fire Effects (8:30 am – 5:30 pm)

The Santa Fe National Forest lies in the heart of north central New Mexico. Within the forest’s borders are lush meadows, miles of conifer trees, and a dormant volcano with a 15-mile wide crater in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. This field trip will start at the Walatowa Visitor’s Center in the Pueblo of Jemez. Participants will visit areas treated for restoration with prescribed fire, wildfire, and mechanical treatments.

Attendees should come prepared with sturdy hiking shoes / boots, water, hat and sunscreen, jacket or warm layer.

Planned Itinerary
8:30 am –  Depart Hyatt Regency – Head for Jemez Mountains
9:30 am – Wallatowa Travel Center – Break and Overview
10:30 am –  Recent Fuels Treatments
12:00 pm – East Fork Campground – Lunch, Restored dry conifer forests
1:30 pm – Fire effects and recovery following extreme high severity fire
3:00 pm – Burnt Mesa Trailhead, Discuss future conditions of area that has burned several times
3:30 pm – White Rock Visitor Center
5:30 pm – Return to Hyatt Regency

Cost: $50

Includes: Transportation, Lunch, Snacks

Photo by Thomas Shahan.

Gila National Forest, Black Range Ranger District (Overnight Trip)

The Black Range Ranger District has worked almost exclusively with fire to restore over 120,000 acres of ponderosa pine, dry mixed conifer, and pinyon juniper in the Indian Peaks and Area 74 project areas. Multiple entries of fire (prescribed fire and/or wildfire) have occurred in some areas since 1999. This unique field trip will involve an overnight stay in rustic accommodations near Beaverhead, a remote work station, on the Gila National Forest. It is a beautiful area with an abundance of wildlife. Evening campfire talks and social activities will enhance this experience. We will have an introductory presentation for this field trip on Thursday after the conference is over (late afternoon or evening) before traveling on Friday morning. There may also be an opportunity for participates to bring their own gear and camp if they wish. Lodging is limited, so this would allow more people to participate.

Cost: $125

Includes: Transportation, Lodging, All Meals, Snacks