Sunday, April 14, 8:45 a.m. - 11:30 pm - Shining River Trail Maintenance & More.
We will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Shining River Trail parking area (there's a sign off of Rio Grande, N of El Pueblo). The Shining River Trail lies along the East side of the Rio Grande, just S of the Paseo del Norte bridge. The Shining River Trail Parking area is accessed from El Pueblo and 2nd Street, off of Paseo del Norte, and is South of Bachechi Open Space near Alameda. We will be departing from the parking area after signing the necessary Open Space registration form (easy-peasy) at 9:00 a.m. sharp and heading west to the river (across the bike trail and follow the road or paths West across the Bosque until you get to the Rio, and look for us). We'll gather our tools and leave with Open Space Education Coordinator, Kyle Bality. Kyle can probably carry a few in the Open Space truck; the rest of us walk over. Kyle is super knowledgeable about the Bosque, so ask him any Open Space or Bosque resource questions.
For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of participating in our Shining River Trail (which our Broadband adopted several years ago) company, be prepared with appropriate clothing (hat, sunscreen, work gloves, long pants, maybe a lightweight, long-sleeve shirt, water and a snack if needed) for working among the Bosque spring weeds and cottonwoods. Check the weather and bring a jacket if it is warranted. If you're lucky, you may see some wildlife along the Rio. In addition to maintaining the trail, using loppers and pulaskis (you can bring your own yard tools if you like), we also help with beaver fencing (to keep the beavers from chewing down the cottonwoods, (bring wire-cutters or pliers to work on the beaver fencing, if you want), and pick up trash under the Paseo bridge. Open Space provides tools, but some folks like to use their own and it helps to have extras. This last activity (trash) is so rewarding when you have restored a messy area.
Then about 11:30, we wrap up the arduous tasks, return to our vehicles and reward ourselves with Lunch at the Flying Star (north of Griegos on Rio Grande) at Noon. Some of our Broadminded members, who are unable to join us along the river, rally with us for lunch. About 12:30 or so, we will begin our Quarterly Broadband Meeting with meet and greet, our guest speaker, announcements of upcoming projects, and plans for the future.
Dara Saville, our guest speaker is Founder and Executive Director of the Yerba Mansa Project. She is an herbalist and geographer and passionate about native plants. The Yerba Mansa Project is an effort along the Rio Grande Bosque to educate our community about the southwest landscape, and particularly, restoration of the native plants of our community. This is another 501(c)(3) organization in partnership with the City of Albuquerque Open Space to help create healthy native plant communities. The Project has a very important effort planned for May 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon along Tingley Drive, south of Central to remove the invasive, non-native Ravena Grass along our part of the Rio Grande and to allow room to protect and reintroduce threatened, native coyote willow. It’s a huge project; co-leader, Linda, thinks it would be a lot of fun to also partner with the Project if there is interest among our Broadband.
PLEASE, Please, RSVP if you plan on attending the Shining River Trail Project and/or the lunch/meeting afterward.